A Blog from QualiTest

Killing the Myths of Outsourced Software Testing

Outsourcing vs In-house Software Testing

There are many software testing engagement models  that can be utilized. In fact, a report from Research and Markets informs readers that “outsourcing of software testing...

There are many software testing engagement models  that can be utilized. In fact, a report from Research and Markets informs readers that “outsourcing of software testing services is witnessing double digit growth rate”, and also discussed some of the pure play software testing market leaders. QualiTest is proud to say that we made the list!

In fact, the analysts also foresee that the global pure-play software testing services market will grow at a CAGR of 15.90% over the period 2014-2019. This is a huge change from the economic recession, when the majority of companies were relying on in-house testing.

So is this trend towards outsourcing software testing the right solution for you? Here are some key factors that may help you to figure that out!

Benefits of Outsourcing

Greater Staffing Pool

One of the greatest benefits to outsourcing is that it does not require the staff to be on hand within the company, which has a lot of positive implications for a business. First of all, you aren’t weighed down by the talent pool surrounding your office- working with groups in another area of the world may mean having access to professionals with skill sets different than those within driving distance of your home office. There’s also the possible financial savings of outsourcing to an area where taxation and employee pay is low, if your company is based in an area where such things are a concern.

Enhanced Testing Processes and Better Quality

Using an external company also helps with achieving better quality in your software testing because they usually employ testers who are experts in a wide variety of software testing methodologies and philosophies, opening up your projects to many possible testing techniques at little extra cost to you.

Outsourcing your testing will also give you exposure to independent points of view, and a lack of in-house bias for certain aspects of your system is provided by a fresh pair of eyes and testers unfamiliar with the product.

Business Assurance

In an article about “Enabling Differentiation in Application Testing Services“, Gartner says, “The business side of an organization is gaining more influence in decisions about technology and analytics. This is also evident in testing. As part of that trend, there is greater expectation that testing services will be more linked to business process effectiveness. Looking at testing beyond an individual application, the ability to tie testing requirements to business process effectiveness becomes very relevant.”

To align with this requirement, many outsourced software testing companies are attempting to meet these business assurance needs. In fact, these business assurance needs are something that is a part of QualiTest’s focus in the upcoming years.

The decision to outsource versus employ an in-house testing team is one which depends greatly on a company’s specific situation, and it’s impossible to give an algorithm by which every company should decide which approach to use.

Disadvantages of Outsourcing

Culture Barriers

Of course, there are disadvantages to outsourcing as well. For example, if you’re outsourcing off-shore, there’s plenty of reason to worry about things like language barriers and time zones, which can hinder productivity for in-house developers.

Perceived Lack of Control

Many companies are also uncomfortable with the lack of managerial control that comes from outsourcing, as the project can suffer without their direct oversight. Similarly, employing in-house testers also shortens the communication chain, improving communication between developers, managers, and QA professionals.

Security Concerns

Another consideration is security- if your system is comprised of sensitive information, outsourcing may not be the best option. This is all to say nothing of the concern over things like taking jobs away from your local economy and the bad press associated with it, which has been discussed ad nauseam by plenty of media outlets in the past few years.

There are also advantages to employing your own in-house team for testing. The first and most obvious is the ease of communication between departments; having a test team in the same office as the developers avoids confusion with time zones or language barriers discussed above. There’s also the bias that testers will have for the products they test; there’s a component of pride to an in-house testing team. Since their company’s name is attached to the product they’re testing, they might be more thorough in their testing than an outsourced contractor. Downsides, though, are the costs associated with this method, particularly due to the aspects mentioned above, such as staffing (finding, hiring, and training your own team of testers from the potentially-limited talent pool surrounding your office) as well as overhead.

The Algorithm is a lie

The decision to outsource versus employ an in-house testing team is one which depends greatly on a company’s specific situation, and it’s impossible to give an algorithm by which every company should decide which approach to use. It’s also possible to use either or both depending on the specific project you’re undertaking; a small group of in-house testers can work with an outsourced company while working on one product, and choose one or the other for the next. However, whatever choice you make should only come after careful consideration of the pros and cons, as well as the effect they could have on your internal teams and their respective projects.



41 thoughts on “Killing the Myths of Outsourced Software Testing

  1. Katie Lee says:

    Hey Nice Article..

    More and more, these testing centers are located offshore, in China, India, and other Asian countries. It makes sense if you think about it, given the difference between the timezones. If a company can obtain results over night, it effectively streamlines their development process.

  2. panselnas says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More Informations here: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  3. […] your software testing means that your own employees can focus on their areas of expertise and that you don’t have to hire new worke… to make up for the lack of in-house experience that may exist in your own […]

  4. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Find More Infos here|There you can find 2965 additional Infos|Informations to that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  5. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More here|Find More|Find More Infos here|Here you can find 36246 additional Infos|Infos to that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  6. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Read More Informations here|Here you can find 69152 more Informations|Infos on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  7. DMPK says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Read More Informations here|Here you can find 57837 more Informations|Informations on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  8. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More here|Read More|Find More Informations here|There you can find 20347 more Informations|Infos to that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  9. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More here|Find More|Find More Infos here|Here you will find 22288 more Infos|Informations to that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  10. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Find More Informations here|There you can find 73492 additional Informations|Informations on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  11. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Read More Informations here|There you can find 95390 more Informations|Informations on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  12. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on|Find More|Find More Infos here|There you can find 83410 additional Infos|Infos on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  13. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Read More Infos here|Here you will find 76965 additional Infos|Informations on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  14. __p1 says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More here|Find More|Find More Informations here|There you will find 79398 additional Informations|Informations on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  15. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Find More Infos here|There you can find 49731 more Infos|Informations to that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  16. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Read More Informations here|There you can find 22790 more Informations|Informations to that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  17. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on|Find More|Find More Infos here|There you can find 77961 more Infos|Infos on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  18. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Find More Infos here|Here you can find 49306 additional Infos|Informations to that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  19. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Find More Informations here|There you can find 55837 more Informations|Infos on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  20. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More here|Find More|Read More Informations here|Here you will find 88907 more Informations|Infos on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  21. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on|Find More|Find More Informations here|Here you will find 47410 additional Informations|Informations to that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  22. iqs says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Find More Informations here|Here you can find 91427 additional Informations|Informations on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  23. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Find More Infos here|Here you can find 61682 additional Infos|Infos on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  24. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on|Find More|Find More Infos here|Here you will find 78380 more Infos|Infos on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  25. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More here|Read More|Find More Infos here|Here you will find 7013 more Infos|Infos to that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  26. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More here|Find More|Read More Infos here|Here you can find 14571 more Infos|Infos to that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  27. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on|Find More|Find More Informations here|Here you can find 67836 additional Informations|Infos on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  28. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More here|Find More|Find More Infos here|Here you will find 54324 more Infos|Informations on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  29. fitness gear says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Find More Informations here|Here you will find 98671 additional Informations|Informations on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  30. 5b4143efd6f5d2a20854899.com

    5b4143efd6f5d2a20854899.com Lqz

  31. d2a20854899.com

    d2a20854899.com 4JrLKJ

  32. krwawienie says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More here|Find More|Read More Informations here|Here you can find 73942 more Informations|Informations on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  33. topfuckgals.mobi

    topfuckgals.mobi mUyF4y

  34. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Read More Infos here|There you will find 33308 additional Infos|Infos to that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  35. UK Chat says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Read More here|Read More|Read More Infos here|There you will find 74339 additional Infos|Infos on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  36. jeffrey says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Read More Infos here|Here you can find 60833 more Infos|Informations on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  37. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on|Find More|Find More Infos here|Here you can find 59964 more Infos|Infos on that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  38. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on|Find More|Read More Infos here|There you can find 46437 additional Infos|Infos to that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

  39. read more says:

    topsexportal.mobi

    topsexportal.mobi eN8hG

  40. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More here|Read More|Read More Infos here|There you can find 40977 additional Infos|Informations to that Topic: qualitestgroup.com/blog/test-methodologies-and-philosophies/outsourcing-vs-house-testing/ […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

4 × 1 =