Considering QA outsourcing services? Here’s an introductory guide

April 1, 2024


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A: Although QA engineer and SDET job titles are used interchangeably, there are key differences between each. These primarily are:

● QA engineers only get involved after the development stage, while SDETs are involved from as early as the information gathering/planning stage. This means that SDETs shall directly be in touch with the client, noting any bespoke requirements for their customers - and delivering the same via code-level testing and regulation.

● SDETs possess programming skills that they apply towards building test automations, while also being able to conduct white box testing. QA engineers, on the other hand, only conduct black box testing to report on bugs.
A: Automating software QA testing can reap multiple benefits for both software development outsourcing companies as well as for the clients they serve. These include:

● Streamlining common and repetitive tests,

● Reducing (if not completely eliminating) the chance of manual error,

● Freeing up precious time of QA resources to focus on tests of a more complex nature,

● Enabling software development teams to ship faster, following upgrades and patches.

A: Yes, software development companies can offer dedicated QA outsourcing services too. This can either be part of an existing software outsourcing effort, or a team that is exclusively hired to only focus on QA. The latter arrangement can also be facilitated by another software outsourcing company, in case businesses are keen on getting expertise that is tailored to a certain industry, compliance regulation or technology - or simply to derive a second opinion.

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