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Software testing is critical for software or product to run smoothly, but due to limited resources, not every company can afford to have an in-house testing team. Instead, it appears that outsourced software testing is a viable option. Let’s learn more about the six reasons why you should outsource software testing.
Building an in-house software testing lab is an expensive endeavor. According to Indeed, the average base salary for a software testing engineer in the United States is $87.5K per year, with a cash bonus of $5000. This varies across the country, and it can even reach $152,163 per year, which is quite a lot.
On the other hand, due to geographical pricing, the base salary of nearshore and offshore workers is 50 to 70% lower than in the United States. For example, the average salary of a Vietnamese software testing engineer is $650 per month or $7800 per year. By partnering with a software testing service provider in Vietnam, your company can drastically reduce testing costs.
As these statistics show, there is a significant cost difference between an in-house testing team and a nearshore/offshore team. With an in-house team, the employer must not only pay a large sum of money to hire a typical software testing engineer, but also pay for additional compensations such as cash bonuses, healthcare, annual benefits, and so on. This does not even take into account the costs of HR operations and testing tools, which can run into thousands of dollars. These costs, however, are not an issue with a nearshore/offshore team.
Another reason to choose software testing outsourcing is the flexibility it provides, such as rapid team scaling and rapid adaptation to project requirements.
Outsourcing software testing allows you to quickly scale your team, as you can request a team of 3-5 testers and hire them in as little as two weeks. You can still get the team members you want in a short period of time, whether it is manual testers or automation testers. This is also used when you want to scale down your team to match the trajectory of your business.
Changes in project objectives and requirements are very common in this ever-changing market and disruptive advances of the IT market, causing headaches for business leaders when they want to switch up. Because of the demands for new technologies, the use of new tools, and so on, your in-house team will find it extremely difficult to adapt to this change in test objectives. In contrast, an outsourced test team can quickly change personnel and replace them with those with the necessary skills, allowing them to adapt to project requirements in a matter of days.
Time-to-market is one of the most important factors influencing your product’s efficiency, revenue, market share, and competitiveness. The last thing you want for your project is a delay. However, with an in-house team, delays are very likely because the recruiting, training, and onboarding processes can take up a significant amount of time for your company, not to mention the testing process itself.
However, with an outsourced software testing team, the first thing you will never have to deal with is the recruitment process. The vendor will find you the ideal candidate who can begin working on your project right away.
They will also be in charge of developing and adhering to a timeline that is tailored to your specific goals and objectives. Certain precautions will be taken to ensure that the timeline is met, and that there are no unnecessary delays, endless searches for the right tools, and so on.
Software testing outsourcing firms have their own talent pools, which include many QA experts with many years of experience working with various testing tools, systems, and test environments. They also have the ability to understand your domain, whether it is healthcare, finance, or education, in order to provide you with strategic advice.
Acquiring and maintaining high-level expertise skills for IT workers in general, and software testers in particular, is extremely difficult. This is due to the fact that, in addition to a high salary, your company must have a good reputation and additional benefits in order to attract experienced and skilled testers, which takes a lot of time and money.
However, with outsourcing, the outsourcing vendor will send you CVs that include the technology and skillsets you require, and you will be able to select the best candidates.
Software testing is an important part of the software development life cycle, but it is not always a core function of your company. By outsourcing software testing activities, you can free up your core business operations from the recruitment and operational activities for new testing departments, giving you more time and focus on your critical operations.
The vendor, who has experience managing an outsourced testing team, will be in good hands with the testing team. All you have to do is check in on the testing team’s progress on a regular basis and devote time to what can truly give your company a competitive advantage.
Cognitively biased perspective is a common issue in software testing, leading to biased test analysis, test cases, and test execution. Simply put, an in-house team will be familiar with the fundamentals of the software development process, allowing them to anticipate potential flaws. Although this type of information can assist testers in detecting the most obvious bugs, their focus is now drawn to the obvious hypothesis, leaving them unaware of alternatives and other flaws.
This is why we require the unbiased opinion of external test experts. Because product-related information is lacking, testers can delve deep into the documents and gain a multifaceted perspective on the products. As a result, there will be no missing bugs.
Many factors must be considered when deciding whether to hire an in-house or outsourced software testing team. However, if you are leaning toward these features, outsourcing software testing is unquestionably the way to go:
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