Ask any entrepreneur, and they’ll tell you that starting a new business is hard. You’ve got to assemble many moving parts together to finally create something of value – something that people want and are willing to pay for.
It isn’t easy.
But we would argue that maintaining an established business presents unique challenges of its own – especially given the rapid pace with which the landscape evolves. Regardless of your industry, long-term sustainability requires constantly monitoring and adjusting to:
- External challenges like competition, technological improvements, shifting consumer preferences, and new regulations.
- Internal challenges like recruiting employees, training staff, firing personnel, managing clients, and meeting ambitious sales quotas.
So how has Testuff fared against this backdrop?
Principles and Flexibility: Our Blueprint for Long-Term Success
We began as a tiny startup nearly 10 years ago. But in the decade since, our small outfit has managed to consistently remain relevant. Not just that, but we’ve actually thrived – despite all of the internal and external challenges encountered along the way.
It’s certainly hasn’t been easy. Launching and running a business rarely is.
But from the very beginning, we tried to strike that ideal balance between flexibility in our operations and rigidity in our core values. And this unique approach has made all the difference in the world.
Let’s take a look.
Flexible Operations and Lean Production
Even before we first opened shop, we thought carefully about how we would recruit, train, and manage all of the team members who joined us. You can read about some of those inner workings here and here.
We also invested considerable energy designing the infrastructure we’d use to develop and deliver our advanced software testing solutions. Central to this exercise was our commitment to “continuous improvement” – a principle borrowed from the world of manufacturing.
As a result of this approach:
- Our operations are incredibly lean, allowing us to avoid unnecessary waste.
- Our operations are also very flexible, allowing us to divert limited resources to wherever they’re needed most.
- Staff is allowed to work where, when and how each member decides to. We have found that productivity, responsibility and ethics are higher this way. Flexibility everywhere.
And arguably most important, we’re able to compete with those who are many times larger than we are.
But lean flexibility is only part of the equation. It must go together with persistence, work ethics, and high standards for clients-related metrics (time for response in support, attention to requests).
A significant component of our long-term strategy deals with standing by those core principles that make Testuff what it is.
Standing by Our Principles
Lots of companies have “mission statements” that they usually publish for PR purposes.
We have core values too. But we didn’t create them for the general public. They were designed by us – for us.
What are those principles?
There are several, including:
- Keeping it simple (which is actually an extension of our “lean” philosophy).
- Respecting our relationships with customers and their end-users.
- Listening to our customers and actively soliciting their feedback.
- Being transparent in all of our dealings with customers, vendors, and suppliers.
- Continuous, consistent business approach:
- Once decided to go SaaS, never tempted by one-time deals (big as they were) to divert and offer local-installation option.
- We’ve started with a decision to release a new substantial monthly version. More than 8 years after, not a month missed. Soon releasing number 100!
Standing by these principles doesn’t mean we aren’t motivated by profit. We are.
But we believe that long-term sales stem from putting the users first. If we take care of their needs, everything else will fall into place.
Is Principled Flexibility an Automatic Recipe for Success?
The above is what has worked for us. But will this approach guarantee future success for the Testuff team?
The true test is how well we manage over the next 10 years as the landscape continues to evolve rapidly.
Will the experience, knowledge, and credibility that brought us this far continue to deliver tangible results? Or will we be forced to revise our blueprint just to survive?
Check back with us in 2027, and you’ll have your answer.
But we certainly plan on sticking around – and hope you do as well.