How To Convince Your Boss You Need QA

Veronica Glynn / March 15, 2019 /


So you have a new project or feature that is looming closer and closer to the release date and you still haven’t hired QA. You know the project has to get released on time, but your boss is chafing at the idea of spending money to get “real” QA in to do the job right.

Here are some ways to convince your boss you need QA:

  • The cost of finding a bug during implementation is about 6 times as much as one found during design. Also, the Systems Science Institute at IBM reports that bugs found during the testing phase could be up to 15 times more costly than when found during the design phase (1).
  • Developer are (admittedly) horrible QA’ers.
  • Software testers are highly analytical, detail-oriented, and see things other people miss when they look at your project.
  • They also have the unique ability to see your project as your customer would, thereby catching any bugs or frustrating issues your user might have run into.
  • Software testers look beyond what your new features affected to see potential ramifications in other areas. I have discovered inadvertent bugs in seemingly unrelated areas of software in 1 out of every 3 new projects I test.
  • Software testers know to test things that most people don’t think to test. The list of things here is too long to include but can relate to cache, website security, page refresh, user profiles, user login/logout, navigation, API’s, etc.
  • Software testers can also QA other areas of your project like database content, looking for accuracy, typos, grammar mistakes, and other issues that would lead to some embarrassing situations and reduced user confidence should they get pushed to your clients.
  • The cost of releasing an emergency build, plus the overtime hours needed to create that hotfix costs you real money; it also costs you the loss of user confidence and engagement.
  • With your user’s confidence decreased, it opens the door to your competitors making a play for your most loyal customers. It is very difficult to win back the trust of customers who have lost that faith.
  • Users are also 3 times as likely to post a negative review as they are a positive one and “it takes 12 positive reviews to cancel out the nasty side effects of just one negative review.” (2)

With these recommendations, you should be able to convince your boss you need the QA resources to get the job done right before your big deployment. I recommend bringing QA onboard 3 – 6 months prior to the launch date but understand that sometimes that isn’t possible.

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Veronica Glynn

Veronica has spent over 15 years as a Software QA Engineer with over 6 years as an Upwork freelancer. She has both manual and automated testing experience but her true passion lies in helping others. She is passionate about helping start-ups achieve their dreams and goals and believes that their success is her success. Her claim to fame is being able to spot other highly skilled and passionate QA professionals and connecting them with the right client. When she is not working, you may find her in the middle of a home improvement DIY project, a quilting project, woodworking, gardening, interior design project, yoga, working out, yard work, volunteering, or one of her other many projects.

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