Gartner Research

Q&A for Sizing the Test Team

Published: 03 August 2010

ID: G00173432

Analyst(s): Thomas Murphy


IT organizations struggle with the issue of software quality, trying to understand how much testing is enough and how many testers are required. Automation can provide some assistance, but quality is best achieved by a holistic approach.

Table Of Contents
  • What is the proper ratio of testers to other resources in a software project?
  • Does the ratio vary over the project's lifetime?
  • If tester role is not part of business analyst role, how many testers should you have?
  • What is the impact of developer involvement in quality to the tester/developer ratio?
  • As the automation of scripts develops, how many testers will you need?
  • Does process automation affect the need for testers?

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