My company provides software QA-as-a-Service, which by itself isn’t unusual, but we’re very popular with software product managers because we deliver so much more than software testing.
You see, I was a product manager before I founded TESTCo in 2002. As I built the company, I made certain our people, services and procedures could support the unique requirements of software product managers.
You can take advantage of this experience right now, just by downloading the Product Manager’s Check List for QA.
I know that product managers are paid to care about a lot more than “testing”, and some haven’t had the opportunity yet to see how a good QaaS company can help them succeed.
Here’s what we’ve heard a few Product Managers tell us about their struggles:
“Oh, we should have caught that in grooming”
“Our stories (storyboards?) are missing something but I’m not sure what.”
“What are the real acceptance criteria?”
“QA is just an expense or tax that we want to minimize”
“We’re not sure what DONE really means yet”
“We need more QA, not just testing”
Each of these Product Managers found they were missing something, and their job was tougher as a result. Then they called us.
A Product Manager’s Dream Come True
When my company provides QA-as-a-service to companies developing software we make sure we understand the priorities, goals and constraints. This way our recommendations, test plans and feedback give the client exactly what they need, which is usually more than just testing.
Our services are designed to help Product Managers deliver their products better, faster and cheaper. Here’s what Product Managers can expect when working with TESTCo.
But working with TESTCo has been great! They ramped quickly and within two weeks TESTCo fleshed out the QA process for us.
Do a great job taking ownership of the whole product, not just the piece of the project they’ve been asked to test.
I’d like to express how well your software QA outsourcing team has been working out on our project team.
Stories (storyboards) are complete and actionable. The Dev team has everything they need to clearly understand the story, including the nuances, to build it right the first time.
Projects Delivered on Time
Test plans are accurate, and projects delivered on time. Goals, exit criteria and sprint goals are clear so the team’s work and attention doesn’t “wander” and everyone knows when they are done because that point has been clearly defined.
Faster Development Cycles
The developers are FAST because they have two things most Devs don’t have - crystal clear stories and requirements along with inline and real-time validation. TESTCo Test Engineers test and validate work as soon as it is completed.
Achieve Business Goals
Our QA-as-a-Service is designed to support the business goals of the product. We actually ask what the goals are before we start. This way even QA is helping the Product Manager meet the expectations of the business and their customers.
Find and Eliminate Risks Before They Become a Problem
This is a biggie. Product Managers (and their bosses) don’t like surprises. Therefore, our QA-as-a-service reduces surprises, by cutting risk. Here’s how.
We simplify complexity so that everyone can understand it.
We measure real progress towards goals and release dates.
We trap and control blocking issues before they stop your project. A good example is regression testing. Nobody wants to wait thru a long regression testing cycle but releasing without one is very risky. We recommend fast regression testing through release, so there aren’t big surprises on the eve of the target release date.
When the Phone Rings
When a problem occurs, or the situation gets tense and time is rapidly sliding by, Product Managers give us a call to line up a Test Engineer/QA Manager team to step in and help get the hot spot cooled off. They appreciate TESTCo’s ability to staff a Test Engineer and QA Manager for as little as a day and as quickly as tomorrow.
No sense letting those problems linger, right? And least you think our being extra valuable to Product Managers means a higher price tag, you can relax.
How might we help you deliver your software faster, better and cheaper? I’d love to hear from you. Give me a call at 888-254.9709, or request a call back using the blue and green button on this page.