Quality as a Service

QA-as-a-Service for Software Product Managers – So Much More Than Testing

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.

Quality as a Service Check List

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.

Impressive Personnel

I am impressed with the personnel assigned to this project. They are patient and consistent hard working testers that we enjoy having on the team.

Michael G.

Increased Productivity of Engineers

By using TESTCo to drive our software QA testing, we’ve dramatically increased the productivity of our engineers. Now they can spend more time focused on product development and receive almost immediate feedback on fixes needed.

Joseph P.

Consistently Delivered

I have to say that our experience with TESTCo has been very positive for the two years we’ve been working with them.

Phil G.
Lombardi Software

Complete Storyboards

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.

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