A comprehensive QA methodology is as important to organizational vitality as product innovation. Stringent standards, along with consistently raising the bar of excellence, is the only true way to grow beyond yesterday’s achievements and attain greater recognition in the marketplace. Adapting these methodologies to shifting variables fully engages an organization’s resources to make QA part of its company culture, rather than just a process.
The QA Evaluation and Strategy solution creates a strategic roadmap for an organization's journey to true quality-driven culture. Included in the roadmap are QA processes, software quality metrics, staffing strategy, tools, governance, artifacts, test automation, test execution, and test management processes.
The evaluation includes a comprehensive QA Process Assessment of the existing landscape, emphasizing the identification of gaps and low-value activities. This strategic roadmap provides a customized, detailed, and realistic approach to improving an organization's output quality. Predictability and repeatability become the QA process through defect prevention and discovery.
Performance Issues Waste Valuable Resources
Problems such as these can cause serious organizational discord in lost revenues, customer dissatisfaction, and costly re-working to get it right:
- Software defects are too frequent and numerous
- Rework due to low quality has reached painful levels
- Customer/user dissatisfaction due to quality problems is a common complaint
- Basic flaws in design don't surface until late in the cycle, forcing lengthy and costly repair
Have Confidence in Your Product
By implementing a solid QA strategy, an organization can realize lower costs through reduction in quality problems, increased predictability and repeatability of results, and higher customer/user satisfaction. Additionally, the time, effort, and cost previously spent fixing quality problems are now available for value-added work.
Tools That Ensure Excellence
At Ascendum, our QA consultants have deep familiarity with quality and testing solutions from the major QA tool vendors: HP/Mercury, IBM/Rational, Compuware, and others. We can leverage the power of these tools to help improve test management, test execution, automated test scripting and execution, and performance testing.
Quality Assurance and Testing spans the entire Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), providing the processes and verification activities necessary to ensure the highest possible quality.
Rigorous Testing to Find Flaws Before Release
In the early stages of a software development project, activities aimed at defect prevention, or at a minimum the earliest possible defect discovery, are conducted since defects prevented do not cost the organization later on, and defects discovered early in the SDLC will cost.
Inadequate QA Processes Are Common
Ascendum's QA and Testing solutions help relieve these common problems:
- Ineffective and/or incomplete test planning
- Inadequate bandwidth to pursue defect prevention activities (e.g., involvement in requirements definition, QA compliance auditing)
- Inability to leverage test automation as a means to improve quality
- Lack of clarity around current state of software quality, particularly in the context of a development project
- Little or no ability to re-use test assets (test cases, automated test scripts)
Discovering Defects Early On
As software development proceeds, QA activity shifts from prevention to planning for, and executing testing aimed at, discovering software problems before they reach the customer/user. These activities include manual and automated testing of software functionality, as well as performance/load/stress testing. During these activities, many test assets (e.g., test cases, test scripts) are produced and managed, all of which can be reused for subsequent builds/releases of the software application.
Throughout all of the prevention and detection activities, robust reporting of software quality metrics is an absolute necessity and feeds high-quality, fact-based decision-making at each critical point in the SDLC.
Leverage Ascendum’s Expertise
By leveraging Ascendum's deep QA experience and technical resources both onsite and offshore, an organization can realize higher-quality and more predictable/repeatable results, better test coverage, and greater visibility to quality data needed for business decisions.