QA is still frowned upon

October 20, 2023 •

QA remains frowned upon despite its overwhelming benefits. Many myths plague the uptake of QA, denying companies crucial benefits. Let’s see why and how to address them;

Myth 1: Expenses

I have heard many people say that expenses prevent the uptake of QA. They say it costs teams and organizations resources to implement QA into daily operations. These organizations view QA as an unnecessary expense.

I know that companies hate losing money, but QA actually saves money in the medium and long term. It does this by saving on the costs of development, critical bugs, and potential lawsuits due to catastrophic consequences of faulty software.

Implementing QA is more beneficial than dealing with the aftermath of faulty and poor software. It saves your brand’s image, which prevents customer churn. This protects your income source, making QA a good investment.

Myth 2: Time

I often hear that QA takes up a lot of time to implement. This really depends on the kind of company you contract to do this or the person you decide to hire yourself. The testing process can be a simple and smooth one provided you contract the best people or teams to handle it for you.

QA saves time for your organization in the long run. QA will pick up errors and bugs that can be quickly corrected to shorten the development time. It does this further by giving your developers time to improve the functionality of the product and even add more beneficial features.

The testing process takes time but gives back more time to you. This is why I strongly advocate for the implementation of QA.

Myth 3: Finances

I know that finances contribute to the low uptake of QA. Organizations will likely refute the idea, citing the costs of implementation. Implementing QA may require the hire of a dedicated tester or testing team. These hires will drain some resources, which the company will try to avoid.

Experience has shown me that QA saves companies money despite the appearance of it costing money to implement. QA saves money as testing is usually cheaper than development and it saves a lot of back and forth between developers, product owners, and the users.

These factors overall contribute to a better markup value. This increases income generated, improving the company’s finances.

The cost of implementing QA is a worthy investment that reaps great rewards. QA will increase consumer approval of the product, allowing for many more sales that increase income generation.

Myth 4: Productivity

I keep hearing that QA affects the developers' productivity by constantly critiquing their work. Good QA should not be like that, and is actually the complete opposite of what happens. Productivity is affected by the lack of QA because developers aren't the best critics of their own work.

Productivity levels among the developers plummet when the software is buggy and full of errors. Motivation drops when they are forced to work tirelessly tracing every bug and error instead of focusing on additions to the software, especially on the weekends.

I have seen QA increase the productivity of the developers. This happens when they receive concrete feedback detailing. They then correct these errors and focus their time and energy on improving the software.

Myth 5: Motivation

This is the funniest myth I’ve had to debunk. The myth states that QA demotivates developers. The misconception has developers working on the same project for long, dampening their motivation, which is false.

Developers are less likely to pinpoint the bugs plaguing their software due to the creator's bias. Creators often have a hard time critiquing their own creations. This makes it a challenging and demotivating prospect for them to sit and continuously hear that their creations are flawed. It's hard to find a creator that's good at critiquing their own work.

QA solves this motivation issue.

QA gives the developers time and freedom to work on new ideas while correcting tangible errors tabled by the QA. The team's efficiency will increase, which will shorten development time and lead to the production of quality software.

QA will increase consumer approval of the product. Customer approval is the best feedback developers get, which increases their motivation.


QA remains an overlooked aspect of software development despite the benefits it offers. Many organizations do not implement QA as a means of cutting costs. They don't know that it costs them more in the long run. QA saves you time while improving your team’s motivation and productivity.

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