Why does it matter if a QA testing company, hired for a quick project, knows your goals and constraints for the project?
You know it needs to be tested, you’re already behind your plan and waiting for testing to be completed seems like a waste of time. You just need it done.
We’re frequently asked to “just get this tested out by tomorrow”. We can do that and we’re happy to do so. You’re in a rush, we know it and we want to be helpful to you.
But taking a few minutes up front can have a huge return.
Pause, Take a Deep Breath, Write Down Your Goals and Restraints
Just do a little bit of thinking about Goals and Constraints (or spend just a few minutes talking with us). You’ll dramatically increase your Certainty of Success. It works every time.
You’ll also get about 10X in increased value from the work of your QA testing company if you can explain your goal and/or constraint in a way they can understand and achieve.
All this can be a little tricky because software quality can be a goal or constraint – or both.
If you are clear about which one, you have an opportunity to either reduce your expenses or increase the return on your investment.
If you aren’t clear about which one, you’ll probably be disappointed with either the cost or the outcomes.
Software Quality as a Goal
If software quality is a goal, is it specific and how much are you prepared to invest to achieve your goal?
What return do you expect for your investment after the QA testing company finishes the project?
Software Quality as a Constraint
If software quality is a constraint, what is the most you’ll spend and the minimum you’d accept?
Will meeting the constraints be sufficient to achieve your business goals? You don’t want to come up short.
When Software Quality is Both a Goal and a Constraint
When software quality is both a goal and a constraint, how will you measure the boundaries of expense versus investment?
If you limit your expense as a constraint, will the investment be sufficient to achieve your goal?
Yeah, those are some tough questions. It really helps to have a trusted testing partner to discuss the scenarios and risks.
What is Your Quality Goal or Constraint?
If you don’t know, you’re not alone – most of our clients don’t have a clear idea when they first come to us for help.
At TESTCo, we prefer the “SMART” goal format and can easily help you “sharpen” your quality goal.
When software quality is viewed as a constraint, you should be able to clearly define the limits. We see this frequently with new clients, “We need this tested within X days and for $Y price, can you do that?” At TESTCo, we work with this situation frequently.
Why All These Hard Questions?
At TESTCo, we have a strong team of experienced and talented software test engineers. We can “point” those talented engineers at almost any goal and they will achieve it. They like this a lot! We can also ask them to “just test it”. They don’t like this as much but they’ll do it gladly.
If we understand your goal, we can help you achieve it.
If we understand your constraint, we can meet it.
If we know both, we can deliver the “Sweet Spot” – high quality that delights your customers and a cost that delights your CFO.
This QA Testing Company Will Get the Right Answers in 45 Minutes
Our Scoping Process, a 45-minute conversation with you about what is important to you and your project, is designed to clarify your goals and constraints so that we have a perfectly clear picture of exactly what you need and want.
If you’re talking with a QA company and they aren’t asking about your goals and constraints, please give us a call and we’ll help you figure them out – and then achieve them!
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