Software Testing Pricing and Business Models

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The price depends on activities and testing techniques used in the project and on the business domain. The manual black-box testing is usually the cheapest one. Such activities as automated testing, usability testing, code and documentation analysis cost more. Usage of the special testing tools and/or techniques (rarely met or of specific application areas) implies special rates and is subject to an independent discussion.

As a rule, a testing project implementation requires several testing activities and usage of a number of testing techniques. Therefore, the final pricing needs taking into account the details of the specific project.

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The basic forms of pricing are Fixed cost (FC), Time & Material (T&M), and 'Cost+' (Dedicated testing team) schemes. A payment scheme can be changed during the project implementation according to mutual agreement.



Fixed cost is used for relatively small testing projects (usually no more than 2-3 man-months) or projects with stable and clear requirements.

Pilot project

It is a sort of FC project. Small trial projects (usually no more than 3-6 man-weeks) to demonstrate the quality, compliance to obligations, level of communication, QA standards, etc. The discount can be up to 25-35%.

Fixed cost (FC) model


Time & Material model is usually used for relatively long-term projects where the total effort cannot be estimated sufficiently accurately in advance and/or the scope of work can vary during the implementation. The payment is made on the time rate basis.

Time & Material (T&M) model

Dedicated testing teams

Dedicated testing team (DTT) leasing is an excellent option for software or testing houses, as well as for IT departments of large companies, which strive to cut their testing costs and concentrate on their core activities.

Dedicated team(DT) model



Different pricing models can be used in this case:

  • T&M scheme with 5-8% discount; 'Cost+' scheme: a customer payment = tester's salary + overhead costs.
  • Overhead costs include facilities and infrastructure maintenance, taxes, accounting and lawyer support, etc.

Offshore Testing Center (OTC)

If large DTT is required (usually more than 20 persons), then Offshore Testing Center (OTC) can be established as a more preferable option.

Offshore Testing Center is a separate legal entity. TestFort also provides an option of further transferring of the OTC assets to the customer on the late stages of collaboration. It is the so called "Built Operate Transfer" (BOT) approach.

Service price and cost savings are very important. Nonetheless, one more aspect plays a vital role, too. What quality and value can the provider add to a customer's business? To find the answer, see the TestFort portfolio: software testing projects completed, case studies, examples of innovations, references and testimonials.