Globalization receives a lot of negative PR – especially during political election years.
But it’s truly a marvel of human engineering.
Case in point is the ordinary, everyday t-shirt.
The lifecycle of this modern fashion accessory is a wonder to behold:
- Cotton is grown in some remote corner of the globe.
- It’s then cultivated using machinery produced elsewhere.
- Next, the shirt is assembled in a completely different area of the planet.
- It’s shipped, flown, and boated to various destinations worldwide.
And then, it finally arrives at your local store – for under $10.
From our food to our gadgets to our clothing, most of what we use crisscrosses the globe numerous times before ultimately reaching us – at unbelievably low prices.
Moreover, this massive orchestration isn’t limited to the manufacture of physical goods. In our increasingly digital society, geophysical borders are no longer relevant.
As IT professionals, we’ve always kind of known this. But with our most recent hire, we were reminded of how far-reaching globalization truly is – especially when it comes to software testing and QA management.
A Local Success Story – with Global Reach
We just hired a new tester to the team. She’s from Romania – but just happens to be fluent in German (thank you once again, globalization). In fact, we specifically brought her on to help us test the German-language version of our Web platform.
And she’s not the only such hire.
To help us test other languages we support on the web app, we employ:
- A Spanish speaker (from Argentina).
- A French speaker (from Belgium).
- A Russian speaker (from Russia).
Oh. And before we forget:
- One of our lead developers came to us when was still in Siberia, Russia (lives now in the US).
- Copywriter is an American living in sunny Spain.
- Infrastructure team is based out of Germany.
- Primary headquarters are located in Israel.
And like a growing number of companies around the globe, we frequently bring on programmers and designers from India and east Europe to help us with one-off projects as necessary.
On top of all that, we have servers located in different countries, different continents.
In addition, we boast a community of users scattered across 5 continents. Many of these teams have their own “remote working” arrangements as well. Like us, they realize they no longer need to keep all employees in the same country – let alone the same office.
With Internet connectivity, video conferencing, and cloud-based applications, anyone can enjoy:
- Anywhere access.
- At any time.
Should You Embrace Globalization As Well?
Not necessarily. Take Testuff, for example.
From our headquarters in Israel, we could’ve easily found all of the technical and professional resources we wanted – without searching abroad:
- There are a lot of great IT schools here.
- We have a ton of talent – especially in tech.
- Israel has world-class Internet infrastructure.
And if you work in a country that offer similar benefits, you can hire locally as well.
But why limit your options when you have access to an entire planet of amazing talent?
Not only are there huge cost advantages with this approach. But as this cautionary tale illustrates, your teams will also benefit from a greater diversity of perspectives, expertise – and even languages. And there’s also the time zone advantage, allowing you to manage work flows that go 24 hours, not only for support and service but also for better software development and testing.
Globalization can be a scary thing. And for the foreseeable future, it’ll continue to be the target of criticism.
But it can also be a beautiful thing that creates jobs and results in better, more affordable products – whether you’re producing physical, manufactured goods or digital, Web-based ones.
As a software tester, do you have any success or horror stories associated with globalization?
We’d love to hear about your experiences down in the comments below.