Quality Assurance (QA) specialist is an inevitable part of every successful web project. An experienced quality assurance engineer knows all the aspects of the business and programming features of the product, which allows aligning interests of clients, developers, and owners. Such a person has the most suitable position to influence all the aspects of the product and fix it before customers get a negative experience. Orange Sputnik knows all the hidden aspects of software businesses and will help to find the most suitable QA engineers for your needs via the Staff Augmentation approach.
Being located in Ukraine and having 5+ years of experience in staff augmentation, Orange Sputnik creates the most suitable conditions to hire developers for startups and IT businesses from abroad.
Those who opened all the benefits of remote dedicated teams should understand that the QA manager is some kind of additional control over the outstaffing team. The business owner can be not familiar with code specifics, so the person with understanding both the programming side and the whole idea of the project can be an intermediary. Moreover, such an engineer is responsible for the quality of the product and will fix the issues if needed.
Another specific point to be mentioned is the psychological side. Thus, a developer cannot adequately test his product, evaluate the quality of the code or approaches used, even having and using advanced tools for it. In this case, a remote senior QA engineer will explain all the specific points and issues to the concrete developer personally and provide an appropriate working process with fixing problematic aspects.
As it comes from the name, the QA specialist assures the product’s quality in the full range of this meaning. Moreover, such an engineer is the only person that can influence the IT product both on the codding level and influence its initial purpose. Professionals in this sphere should have many skills, that may be presented as in the chart below:
Effective software QA has to know every aspect of the product, including the technical side, UI/UX, and the initial idea of the owner. Furthermore, such a person has to effectively communicate with all the participants of the process to minimize spendings. As one can see, that is not only testing of the programming part and defining gaps or bugs, QA has to turn a piece of rock into a gem.
Two primary types of tests can be applied to the software product: automated and manual. Depending on the specifics of the product and type of the needed check, a business owner can choose the most appropriate variant. Let’s look at both of them:
A business owner that wants to check the product has to understand the differences between the core concepts that relate to the quality. Quality assurance is not the same as quality control, and both of them differ from testing of the web product:
The process of finding the best candidate for an IT job can be simplified to several steps and criterions that should be adhered:
According to Payscale.com, the average annual salary of QA engineer is about $69,000, starting with $51k and ending with $95 (average number that can be measured due to several propositions). Those numbers are rather typical to the IT sector in general, where the wage distribution depending on the experience also looks logically.
Chances to find an appropriate candidate to the needed position are huge as all the three criterions seem to be satisfied. But what about remote variants?
As Staff Augmentation provides reliable cooperation of software developers on all the possible levels, one has to look at East Europe as a possible source of a cheaper workforce. The growing Ukrainian IT market offers interesting variants to build a remote dedicated team without additional distracting issues for startup and business owners.
According to Jobs.ua (Ukrainian job search site) and 88 work propositions, one can find the QA specialist starting with only $3,400 annual salary, while the seniors are available for $16,800/year. Knowing that the quality of specialists is comparable to the European, business owners can muchly reduce overall spending and increase the quality/price ratio.
*Note, the states numbers do not include fees and other legal expenses!
What relates to other items that influence the decision, Orange Sputnik provides practical cooperation even for the remote working process. Moreover, the almost absent time gap, appropriate level of English, and similar mental values of Ukrainian QA engineers eliminate possible boundaries for effective software development.