Our testing and quality assurance services are designed to work hand in hand with development to give your technology solutions a greater certainty of quality at speed.

In today’s business world, software is everywhere. Organisations want their technology solutions launched and ready for market quickly, cheaply and without unnecessary fuss. Many organisations or project teams fall into the trap of neglecting testing and quality assurance because they either don’t value it, run out of time or think the software is fully functioning and bug free.

However, this rarely happens in practice and that’s why testing must be a critical part of your technology project.

IT testing and quality assurance are structured ways of investigating and evaluating the quality of software, technology and associated processes. It ensures that what is built meets the expectations of user’s requirements, designs and the goals of the project deliverables.

We believe the best chance of a quality outcome from testing involves four elements:

  • Risk-based priority approach – most projects don’t have the time or the need to test absolutely everything. A risk-based approach ensures the highest risk areas are tested, leaving the lowest risk untested or tested minimally
  • Quality-by-design mindset – testing for quality doesn’t just start after somethings been built. Testing and quality must be planned and considered at the very start and integrated into requirements and design e.g. requirements traceability matrix
  • Test automation – test automation vastly increases your test coverage, allows faster and more efficient re-testing, quicker identification of errors and avoids human error from manual testing processes
  • Continuous testing integrated with delivery – more and more software projects are agile and delivering continuously. Testing and quality assurance must go hand in hand with continuous delivery, testing ahead of every release.

We believe the four elements above are best practice; however, every client and project has different needs around level of quality and appetite to invest in expensive test automation or continuous testing capabilities and tools. Sometimes good enough will do or a Minimum Viable Product approach or cost conscious project dictates a more pragmatic approach to testing and quality assurance.

Our test and QA consultants are pragmatic and use a wide variety of testing activities to meet the needs of our clients:

  • Unit testing
  • Integration testing
  • Functional testing
  • System testing
  • Regression testing
  • Load and stress testing
  • Usability and acceptance testing
  • Security testing

We can show you how to improve your test and QA capability and how to test processes and supporting tools. Our consultants can lead your testing activities or take on management responsibility on interim basis.

Our consultants work hard to demonstrate that everything possible is being done to ensure that your solutions are of high quality (or not) and give you greater certainty on the decision to launch your solution.

Our testing and quality assurance services
  • Test management and execution
  • Functional, system and integration testing
  • Acceptance testing
  • Performance and security testing
  • Quality assurance and testing/QA maturity assessments
  • Managed test services
  • Establish test automation processes and technologies
What to read next

We also recommend reading “Lessons Learned in Software Testing: A Context-Driven Approach” by Cem Kaner, 2002 and the classic “Software Test Automation” by Mark Fewster  and Dorothy Graham, 1999.

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