Many organizations like to outsource test strategy work when the in-house team either does not have time or the capabilities. Also, many decision makers like the idea of outsourcing to get a fresh perspective on their current testing practices. Test strategy helps you and your team look at testing as a whole and helps with the following: Aligning testing with return on investment Clarifying priorities Defining “good quality” Risk planning Clarifying the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders Aligning testing with software processes Various aspects of testing including functional, performance, security, test automation etc In our experience, the following are keys for success when outsourcing test strategy: Have a vendor who has successfully finished many testing assignments end to end, preferably in the areas similar to your needs. Have a vendor who can collaborate with your testing team. Your team needs to have buy-in for strategy to be implemented. Agree on the contents of the test strategy document upfront. Have a high level plan that lists necessary resources as part of strategy document. Create a high level strategy first, then identify areas of higher priority and go deeper into those. Do not underestimate legacy challenge. Have a strategy which integrates or has a plan for legacy issues. Align strategy with culture and practices. For example open source vs. commercial software, infrastructure on cloud vs. on-premises, outsourcing testing vs. building in-house team. Try to have proof of concept plans for various parts of testing. Doing work hands-on unearths many issues that are difficult to predict. Last but not the least, have regular updates to various stakeholders during the test strategy assignment process. Agile process helps.
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Many organizations like to outsource test strategy work when the in-house team either does not have time or the capabilities. Also, many decision makers like the idea of outsourcing to get a fresh perspective on their current testing practices. Test strategy helps you and your team look at testing as a whole and helps with […]
In almost two decades of dealing with clients in the IT outsourcing industry, I have answered almost every hard question imaginable for prospects worried about finding the right IT outsourcing partner. Based on my experience, I would like to share the top five questions you should ask outsourcing vendors like us before making a decision. […]
In last six months, many of our clients have started asking about leveraging cloud-based testing infrastructure. We were intrigued by this development and have now used cloud infrastructure on a few testing projects.
Some key benefits of this approach…
Many clients are now asking about leveraging cloud-based testing infrastructure. Here are some of the key benefits to this approach.
As our Mobile App Develolpment practice is growing, we are finding some interesting opportunities to work faster, better and cheaper. In addition, we are finding opportunities to really work in a collaborative manner with clients.
One aspect of this i…
As our mobile app development practice is growing, we are finding some interesting opportunities to work faster, better and cheaper. In addition, we are finding opportunities to really work in a collaborative manner with clients. One aspect of this is the engagement model itself. After few iterations, we are convinced that the right model is […]
As we approach mid year, a lot of good things are happening to outsourcing in general and Optimus in particular. Today, with more than 40 clients, most of them in a long-term relationship with us, we are looking forward to the second half of 2012 where we expect to see a continuation of the following […]
We are often asked questions about IT outsourcing destinations such as… Do companies still outsource locally? Does India still have price advantage? What about China? How is this new location in Caribbean? These debates have been going on for years; meanwhile, many companies including ours, have been consistently delivering premium-outsourcing solutions to clients by using […]
I recently returned after spending two weeks at our Global Delivery Center in India. It was a great opportunity to spend time with the team, work on projects with them, and learn the challenges and opportunities they’re facing. It was 44 degrees Celsius in Delhi so I stayed inside the office for most of the […]