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Eight Simple Ways to Improve Distributed QA Teams

Summary:

Geographically distributed QA teams and the challenges that they face are a common and ongoing topic in the software development world. In this article, Kevin Wilson focuses attention on eight simple solutions that can help maximize the effectiveness of your distributed QA team.

The dynamics of geographically distributed QA teams and the challenges that they face are a common and ongoing topic in the software development world. While many of us likely know of several good practices for working in a distributed team environment, it has been my observation and personal experience that even basic routines and good habits can become marginalized and overlooked through the course of time.

If you are a quality assurance professional about to lead or participate in a distributed QA team for the first time, the basic practices below can likely provide a solid foundation for promoting accurate, timely testing and, ultimately, the delivery of high-quality software. If you already have experience working as part of a distributed QA team, these tips may still help streamline your existing processes—or serve as a friendly reminder of practical applications.

Let's assume that you and your QA team are responsible for at least two major product lines and numerous associated applications, each of which requires dedicated sprint cycles and release cycles and may have inherent dependencies. Your QA team has members who are divided across the two product teams and work ten to...

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