Trouble Finding the Right Testers? Throw Down the Gauntlet™!

The success of your software testing and QA team comes down to one thing: having the right people in the right roles.  That can be quite a challenge, though—which is why we developed the Gauntlet™ to ensure our clients get the best personnel out there.

When it comes to hiring Testers, we’re unabashedly picky.
That’s why we poured all of our knowledge and expertise into what we call the Gauntlet.

People, process, and tools.  More than anything else, those three elements comprise the core of every software testing and QA department.

It’s a pity so many companies don’t understand the order of their importance.  Believe it or not, 65% of the total improvement a software testing team can make comes solely from having the right people in the right roles.

But finding the right people comes with its own set of problems.  After all, CIO Magazine published an article just last year on “Global War for IT Talent”, detailing how hard finding the right people can be nowadays.  You need to establish criteria for objective comparison—and that can be incredibly difficult if you don’t know how to measure two things: attitude and aptitude.

In fact, we used to have the exact same problem.  When it comes to hiring Testers, we’re unabashedly picky.  We don’t simply look for detail-oriented problem solvers; we also need team players who communicate and collaborate well—and, quite frankly, we were having a hard time finding people who met our admittedly high standards.

That’s why we poured all of our knowledge and expertise into what we call the Gauntlet™.  A key component of our True North Testing Methodology™, it’s a proprietary assessment that measures both the personality and software-testing skillset of every Tester we recruit.

Comprising two separate evaluations, the Gauntlet™ assesses “hard skills” like test case writing, defect detection, and defect recording—along with “soft skills” like leadership, personality, and attitude.  We see both as critical components, and the capability, tenacity, and professionalism of our accomplished QA personnel stands as testament to its effectiveness.

If you’re looking to find the right people for your team, we’re more than happy to lend a hand.  Whether you’re looking for Staff Augmentation or just want to know how the Gauntlet™ can work for you, give us a call or fill out our contact form for a quick, hassle-free, no-pressure discussion with our experts.

But don’t delay too long.  After all, 65 percent of your department’s improvement is at stake!


Mike Hodge
Lighthouse Technologies, Inc.
Software Testing | Quality Assurance Consulting | Oracle EBS Consulting

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