A vital step to improving software quality is proper test management. However, our approach is that traditional tracking and reporting is simply not enough.
Shasta QA’s advanced test management practices cover multiple aspects including organization, planning, authoring, execution, risk assessment, and reporting to ensure we are out in front of your needs.
A dedicated manager will work closely with you to improve your test process and increase software quality at every stage of the development process. Perhaps the greatest benefit of our best practices is visibility in real time to issues that management needs in order to direct teams to success while maintaining schedule predictability. These key processes drive performance of our services in a calculated, strategic, and effective manner.
Proper utilization of these powerful tools allows us to actively manage projects as opposed to simply retroactively track statistics.
Bug modeling charts highlight bug trends such as incoming incidents and bug fix rates to improve schedule predictability, and allow for real-time adjustments.
Milestones indicate significant events or phases in a product lifecycle and provide clear goals for the software QA test effort. Missed milestones may indicate that a project is beginning to slip.
Metrics provide a snapshot of the project bug status and test progress, and give you an at-a-glance view highlighting project trends.
Regular status reports keep you informed of progress and red flag open issues for early resolution. Quarterly reports give you a wider view of project progress and facilitate planning for future phases. Final quality reports are a wrap-up of all software QA testing performed and provide a postmortem view of the entire effort.
Project Plans and Test Plans
The purpose of project plans and test plans is to define terms and strategies that serve as a charter for your test effort that we then set milestones to and drive towards.
Assessment involves analyzing risk criteria associated with your project to determine the current level of risk to your project. Solutions can then be applied to mitigate critical areas before they become project-threatening problems.
Bug lifecycle planning will set up a process for finding, fixing and verifying bugs. Bug fix prioritization will determine what issues need immediate attention.
Test Environment Planning
Determining which software and hardware platform combinations are the highest priority is a key part of successful test planning. Incorporating the tools and techniques for the specific needs of your project ensures an effective and successful test effort.
Your development schedule may not allow for the testing of all components. Being able to identify components where failure is most critical will ensure appropriate software QA testing for those areas.
Knowing how many software QA test engineers to assign to a project, and the ratio of testers to development, is critical to the success of a development project.