Emerging Trends in IT Staffing Industry – Webinar by Gallop Solutions

Emerging Trends in IT Staffing Industry – Webinar by Gallop Solutions

IT & QA Staffing – the Need of the Hour

Today’s enterprises visualize dramatic changes in the IT environment that interact with their business needs. With declining user patience levels, the need of the hour is the release of perfect and flawless products. Niche & specialized IT and QA professionals understand your business domain, latest testing tools & can draw insights from QA benchmarks in industry to help you move ahead.

Some Facts, Figures, and Trends in North American IT & QA Staffing Industry

According to SIA key findings, 41 firms generated at least $100 million in U.S. information technology temporary staffing revenue in 2014. Added together, these firms generated $16.3 billion in U.S. IT temporary staffing revenue in 2014, accounting for 63% of the market, by estimates. The following graph depicts the above detailed data.

 

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Interesting figures these, aren’t they?

Changing dynamics and increasing complexities of Quality Assurance domain

Full-time, skilled personnel are required for performing QA related tasks. The inherent complexity of today’s multi-dimensional work environments will be further impacted by miscommunication, lack of understanding, or any form of resistance – be it to processes, to change, or just towards working with peers. These scenarios necessitate the need for a shift left DevOps, Agile-centric environment, which is the hallmark of an organization having QA professionals.

Now, do you run an organization that deals with, or provides IT & QA Staffing? Or one who is looking out for a highly skilled, niche level staff? Or maybe someone who is just plain interested in understanding more about what is going on in the world of staffing?

If you are interested to know more, then you are in luck!

Gallop Solutions, a US-based Colocated Independent Testing Services & Specialist QA Staffing Services Company is hosting a Webinar that will cover topics such as:

  • Facts, Figures and Trends in North American IT & QA Staffing industry
  • Changing dynamics and increasing complexities of Quality Assurance domain
  • Difference between Generalist IT Staffing & Specialized QA Staffing
  • Latest models, concepts related to QA Staffing

About The Webinar & Hosts

The webinar will have best in class thought leaders from Gallop Solutions share their insights on the evolving IT and QA staffing landscape in North America, the experiences of clients working with specialized QA Staffing partners, and the impact on resource quality and project delivery timelines. The webinar is being attended by other quality management executives, leading industry analysts, and senior professionals from global enterprises and Independent Testing Services & Specialist QA Staffing Services organizations.

The Webinar, a 100% vendor neutral event, is a 100% Thought Leadership session pertaining to IT & QA Staffing – and not a promotional event.

How to Register?

For further details and to register for the webinar, visit www.gallop.net/QA-webinar-lp/.

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The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

How To Make Your Development and QA Teams Work Together?

How To Make Your Development and QA Teams Work Together?

When developers and testers cooperate, consult and coordinate on a project, the result is always above expectations. This type of close interaction helps developers to meet their deadlines, testers to release error-free functionalities and customers to enjoy a superior product.

However, bringing together Development and QA teams will not be easy since both teams have to meet deadlines and work pressures.

The following suggestions will help to minimize differences and maximize productivity:

We are a Team Approach

In a team, everyone has a definite role to play and no one can perform independent of each other. So, it is important to develop a “We are a Team” approach. It is very important to encourage interaction between QA and Development from the first day of the project as it helps to develop clarity and set aside misunderstandings. Most of the time, QA teams and Development teams are busy pointing fingers at each other. If both teams understand that the focus in on building a superior product together, these problems can be easily resolved.

Understand and Respect Each Others Roles

The QA and Development teams should understand that even if their work profiles are different, they are very interdependent on each other.

According to Paul Graham, most developers demand “maker time” where they are concentrating on a complex task of building a software according to client specifications. At that time, disturbing them with bug reports will be annoying. Using an official bug reporting platform will definitely help testers to keep things under control.

It is very important that the development team understands that it should keep some time to work on bugs. And the QA team should understand that not every bug they report may receive a favorable response.

Prioritize the Project from the Viewpoint of a Customer

When developers build the software, they should understand what each feature stands for and how it will help a customer. When a QA analyst works on a project, they should understand the end –result and the customer expectations from the project. The fact is that developments in technology have increased customer expectations of a product or service. And even the customer service for the product. For instance, customers now expect an app or a software to be seamless, intuitive, and reflect how they work in the real world. This is something Apple adopts for every product they release to the market.

Thus having a customer-centric approach to your software development can increase the usability, and customer satisfaction.

Encourage Formal and Informal Interactions

Break down the walls imposed by misunderstandings and lack of communication. QA analysts should sit closer to the developers, and interact with them regularly. If they don’t know each other well, things are definitely going to be difficult. Help develop a strong group communication at each phase of the project through an established tool or platform.

If you are looking for a QA team that easily dovetails into your development and contributes to a productive software, the QA experts at Gallop can help you. Gallops QA staffing and Consulting Services help businesses to hire specialist QA analysts and leverage their skills for your projects. With our functional skills, and the expertise garnered from working in diverse projects, we bring the much-needed understanding and flexibility every development team needs.

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

5 great reasons to choose specialized QA staffing services

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The continuing war on IT talent has left many companies struggling to find adequate skilled resources for their projects. Nearly 73% of small IT companies and 88% of large IT companies admit to being faced with an IT talent crunch.

The problem is even more acute when it comes to finding skilled personnel for QA roles. Emerging technologies coupled with the necessity to reduce the time to market have put immense pressure to maintain a flexible, talented and forward-thinking QA structure.

More and more IT companies are now looking to IT staffing organizations to procure skilled personnel for their QA teams. You desire to have the best talent available for your QA team. Then, doesn’t it make more sense for you to consider engaging a specialized QA staffing service instead of a generic staffing service?

Here are some reasons that we hope will convince you.

1. You get to work with the experts

When you partner with a specialized QA staffing services organization, you can be assured of expert service from people who know and understand testing. They are not run-of-the-mill staffing organizations who cater to all your technical and non-technical staffing needs. Their expertise arises from the fact that they focus only on QA staffing, which means they understand the requirements of various QA roles and take pains to recruit the best of the talent available in the market.

2. Cost effective

With specialized QA staffing services, you save the time, money and effort otherwise required for holding a recruitment process. With people of right technical and domain skills readily available, your training costs are also considerably reduced.

3. Best approach to testing

Specialized QA staffing services understand your testing needs like none other. Their test advisory services helps you choose the testing methodology best suited for your project. They bring the benefit of established test processes. You can take advantage of the best testing concepts like agile, TDD, BDD etc. What specialized QA staffing services offer is a customized and tailored testing solution instead of a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

4. Better quality assurance process

Specialized QA staffing services offer resources that have rich experience and exposure to different test scenarios. They are career testers who are committed to testing and understand your requirements from a business and technical perspective. They bring in various best practices in testing and can offer guidance and assistance in implementing test automation. What you gain is a smooth, fast and efficient quality assurance process.

5. Keep up with technology

Keeping up with emerging technologies is the biggest challenge for IT organizations. With specialized QA staffing services, you no longer need to worry about training and cross-training your testing staff in the latest in Mobile testing, cloud testing, security testing etc. QA staffing organizations give a lot of focus to emerging technologies, tools and testing concepts unlike regular staffing organizations. This means you can be assured of the best resources trained in the latest technologies that are ready to be deployed into your projects.

The Gallop Advantage: Gallop’s experienced recruiters ensure you get the best in testing talent for your critical projects. Our crew of software testing specialists are skilled in niche areas like cloud testing, mobile testing, usability testing, security testing, performance testing etc. with exposure to various domains like healthcare, banking, retail, insurance and more. Our continuous training process ensures our testing specialists are always attuned to the latest in software testing.

Know more on our QA staffing services or Contact us to get the Gallop Advantage today!

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

Unraveling the myths regarding specialized QA staffing services

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Choosing a technology is almost child’s play compared to finding the talent to make sure it gets deployed properly. (Forbes – Sympathies for IT staffing challenges).

In the IT sector, finding resources with the right skill and experience is, no doubt, a major challenge. The problem is further compounded by the ever changing market and technology landscape.

QA being a critical part of a project, IT managers should put a lot of thought into hiring the correct resources for their QA team. When it comes to QA staffing, there are plenty of misconceptions that rule the decision to go for an in-house QA rather than engage the services of a specialized QA staffing service. Below, we attempt to unravel the most common of these misconceptions.

1. It is bound to be expensive

Actually, partnering with specialized QA staffing services is cheaper in the long run. It is an on-demand service where you have the flexibility of hiring and releasing employees based on your current demand. This means you no longer have to deal with idle employees during a slack period. QA staffing services offer trained career testers for your technology and domain, who bring the advantage of established test processes and best practices. They often have partnerships with leading tool vendors so that you get the right tools for your testing needs at negotiated costs.

2. An in-house testing team will work just as well as a specialized QA services team

While this may be true for a small number of companies, the majority of software companies struggle with maintaining a skilled in-house QA team. QA staffing services give you ready access to a wide talent pool with exposure to different type of testing. You don’t need to struggle with keeping your team up to date with new and emerging technologies and concepts in testing. All you need to do is have your QA staffing services engage the right resources for you.

3. Specialized testing teams will not be as committed to project goals as in-house teams

Specialized QA staffed resources are contractually bound to adhere to project timelines. They are career testers who are genuinely passionate about testing. They have exposure to working with different clients and, hence, are likely to be intuitive of your project needs.

4. Specialized QA staffing services do not bring any extra value

If you actually believe this, you could not be more wrong. QA staffing services strive to be in tune with latest testing technologies and concepts. Most of them boast of their own test centers of excellence. Their experience in executing a wide arena of projects can be crucial to ensuring success of your own multimillion dollars project. They can assist in planning and implementing automation and can also provide guidance in executing key concept projects like agile and its various offshoots. In short, there is a whole lot they bring to the table besides testing skills.

5. Specialized test services may not fit my need

This may be true if your project is of limited size and duration. But if your project is big and critical in terms of investment and business impact, you would do well to go for specialized QA staffing. They have various engagement models which can be tailored to suit your needs. Their testing consultants and recruiters ensure you get the right resources for your QA team.

Gallop’s software testing specialists have more than a decade of experience in providing test advisory and IT staffing services to leading companies across the world. Our strategic partnerships with companies like HP, Xamarin and Experitest helps us to deliver best-in-class test services to our clients.

To know us better, take a look at our range of test services.

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.