Why do developers hate testing? Simple: who would want to try breaking the code they worked so hard to make? Though developers do unit testing, they generally find it off-putting to perform the entire validation work before making the app available to the market. There’s a certain amount of bias when software developers are the only ones testing the software.Besides, what developers can’t discover in development, they’re not likely to detect in testing, anyway so why bother? It used to be the trend for developers to carry out the entire quality assurance testing process, but as we’ve found out both from our clients and our own software development team, they don’t quite fit the bill.
When facing a shortage of skilled app testers and reliable test resources, outsourcing is the best way forward. It gives you the reassurance of having an independent auditor whose main focus is thoroughly testing your app and improving its quality. Outsourcing makes it easier to set up an in-house testing framework as well reducing the risks of software failure affecting the company bottom line.
When shopping around for a trustworthy vendor, consider both their reputation and their ability to professionally execute the testing activity. Here are some key questions you need to ask:
Another important consideration in outsourcing app testing is to assess which of these two strategies best meets your needs. This decision is more crucial for companies also outsourcing app development. Single sourcing involves engaging the services of one provider to conduct software development and testing, whereas multi-sourcing involves contracting separate vendors, one specializing in software development, another dedicated to software testing. We compare these two sourcing models:
|Simplified monitoring; single line of contact; quicker decision cycle||More flexibility; not locked in to one vendor|
|Reduced vendor management cost||Competitive offers from various providers on the basis of price and service|
|Integrating both development and testing functions easier with only one vendor||Non conflicting interest; independent development and testing|
|Closer proximity allows developers and testers to exchange information||Can replace a vendor without affecting contracts with other parties.|
|Locked in to one vendor||Higher expenses related to multiple vendor management cost|
|Potential conflict of interest between developing and testing the same system||Extra work associated in managing two providers|
|Lack of competition; unlikely to deliver the best business value||Problems in communication due to additional distance between the developer and testing teams|
|Risk of major disruption: Problems with vendor likely to cause more cost and delay of overall process.||Time and resources spent on resolving issues across different vendors|
To sum up, you can measure the benefits of outsourcing your app testing process along 4 major considerations: picking an experienced testing partner, level of independence between developers and Qualtity Assurance testers, cost of outsourced software testing services, and mitigating risks associated with either single sourcing or multi-sourcing. If you’re looking for a best-in-breed testing partner, we at Get[Devs] can provide you with skilled software testing specialists. We employ best practices to ensure you get excellent testing solutions. What’s more, we can also be your single source for offshore development and offshore software testing. We can help you set up independent development and testing teams to produce your apps and software.