How many Quality Engineers are too many? What is a good ratio?
Jul 10, 2023
The ideal ratio of Quality Engineers to Developers varies based on project complexity and size, but a commonly suggested range is 3-4 developers per Quality Engineer
Imagine a bustling city aiming to ensure public safety. Too few police officers, and crime rates could increase.
But if every corner had an officer, it would be excessive and probably disruptive. The right ratio balances public safety without hindering everyday life.
Similarly, the ratio of Quality Engineers to Developers needs to balance thorough testing without slowing development efficiency.
The right number of Quality Engineers depends on several factors. The complexity of the project, the maturity of the product, the skill sets of your developers, and the speed at which you want to release updates, among other things, can all influence the optimal ratio.
More complex projects may require a higher ratio of Quality Engineers to Developers to ensure comprehensive testing.
However, the Quality Engineers' role is not to replace the Developer's testing duties but to complement them. These user behaviour testers can discover potential usability issues that a developer might overlook.
By employing codeless and low-code automation, Quality Engineers can quickly identify and rectify potential issues.
This allows for a streamlined and more efficient testing process, enabling the right balance between speed and quality, similar to our city's balanced public safety approach.
The key is to find the right ratio that allows for comprehensive testing without hindering development progress.