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3 Ways to Build Testing Capacity

Is your software QA project list outstripping your capacity to complete it? With the current economic situation, this issue is common.

The good news: There are 3 ways to produce high-quality software while lowering costs and shortening schedules.
  1. Focus the right people on testing.  
    When a study says that certified software testers can top 99% in defect removal efficiency while lowering costs and shortening schedules, it gets your attention. So why are teams of ISTQB-certified software testers more efficient? A Director of Business Testing at a Fortune 500 company with more than 40 ISTQB-certified testers told us, "I use the CTFL [ISTQB Foundation Level] syllabus to ensure common vocabulary and skills across multiple disparate teams." When everyone is on the same page, things get done more quickly.
  2. If you have access to untrained personnel, don't use them until you have upskilled them. 
    The same study found that simply throwing anyone into software quality isn't an effective solution and can be counterproductive. “Untrained amateur personnel such as developers themselves seldom top 35% [defect removal] for any form of testing. Also, [their] ‘bad fix injection’ rate or new bugs added while fixing older bugs tops 7% for repairs.”

    If you have personnel you can move into software QA from another department, great! But upskill and certify them through ASTQB so they can contribute at a level that truly helps. 
  3. Build a nurturing environment that motivates positively.
    If your team isn't giving you their best effort, you're missing out on "free" capacity. An American Psychological Association study found that more than half of your employees aren’t motivated to give you their best at work without your support for their career development. The solution is easy: 92% of software testers felt that their certification from ASTQB helped to demonstrate professional competency, and that same percentage also felt their certification aided in gaining professional recognition. When you support your testers, they do great things for you.
How can you justify ISTQB certification with a tight budget? Because it pays out. Show your CFO this: If ISTQB certification helps your tester eliminate even one post-production defect during their career, the ROI for their certification would exceed 1500% based on the conservatively-estimated cost of a post-production software defect. 

If you need to build software testing capacity that pays out, ASTQB makes it easy. See the reasons test managers and CIOs want software testers with ISTQB certification from ASTQB, ISTQB in the U.S.
See Why Managers Want ASTQB-Certified Software Testers
Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers

3 Ways the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™ Helps You and Your Organization

Note: The only way to appear on our Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™ and earn points toward your Testing Tiers® ranking is to register for your certification exam through ASTQB and our official ISTQB exam provider AT*SQA

No matter where you live in the world, being on our Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™ can help you and your employer in 3 ways:
  1. It can help you get jobs with American companies. American companies and governmental organizations check with ASTQB & AT*SQA to see if you are certified. Why? Because ASTQB is the official U.S. board for ISTQB certification and AT*SQA is our official ISTQB exam provider. If you're on this list, companies know you took the official U.S. Board's American English ISTQB exam
  2. It could help your company get contracts with American companies. Your inclusion on the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™ is a bonus for your company because it demonstrates your commitment to working with a U.S.-based software quality team. That's a big deal, especially when testing services RFPs include a requirement that testers appear on the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™.
  3. It makes you and your company more prominent. AT*SQA and ASTQB promote the importance of hiring individuals on our Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™, and our ads have been seen more than 50 million times. That makes your certification accomplishment more well-known to U.S. employers and clients every day!

Of course, ASTQB & AT*SQA also add you to the ISTQB Successful Candidate Register! Register for your ISTQB exam through ASTQB or our official ISTQB exam provider AT*SQA now to get on both lists and earn Testing Tiers® ranking points.
Official U.S. List of Certified Testers

Take Your ISTQB Exam from ASTQB and AT*SQA at Home Anywhere

Did you know you can take your ISTQB exam from ASTQB & AT*SQA anywhere in the world? You've always been able to do so through a testing center, but now you can also do so from home!

Make sure you're keeping up with other testers so your career stays strong. Register now at our exam provider AT*SQA to take your ISTQB exam at home

Contact us if you need assistance or have questions. We can make the process easy for you.
Register Now: Take Your ISTQB Exam at Home

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