If the goal you give to a web testing company is “go fast and break things” then you should skip this.
But, if your goal is to build websites and web apps that delight your clients and propels your company to achieve its goals, then there is something for you to read in this post.
We’re occasionally asked to “just test this for us” and we’re happy to do that. After all, we’re a software and web testing company. It would be silly not to.
But, if you knew a little more about what is possible with software testing and quality assurance, would it influence your decision about which web testing company you choose and what you asked them to do?
OK, then, here’s what’s possible that you might be missing when you ask a web testing company to “just test” your software.
You want it tested to find the defects that will cause your software or web application to ABEND (any old JCL/Cobol programmers out there?), crash or disrupt your customer from achieving their goal.
You want defects!
Give Your Web Testing Company Clear Goals If You Want Clear Outcomes
You will almost always need more testing than you can afford. It’s just the nature of software and the art/science of software engineering. You already know this. I’m sorry that it is this way and hope you’ll find some hope and relief in this article.
Since there is more testing work than you can afford, your web testing company will need to decide what to test and how to test it.
Clear goals prevent wasted time and money chasing the wrong thing.
Clear goals for your software testing company will ensure that you are satisfied with the outcomes and value they produce for you.
Clear goals are the #1 factor behind effectively achieving goals.
Clear Constraints Equal On Time Results
You can only afford so much. Budgets are budgets and we all have to make do with less sometimes. Sometimes, even your patience and available time are a constraint – you hired a web testing company to help – why are they asking all these questions?
That’s fine and expected. But, you still need to get the testing coverage you need in the timeline you’ve got.
Clear constraints (money, time, talent, patience, etc) will help your web testing company to make accurate promises, plans, and estimates.
Clear constraints help us further understand your goals and how we can help you.
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Clear Strategy Equals Repeatable and Sustainable Results
For TESTCo, Strategy is the process of assembling a set of assets with advantages and actions ratline to achieving the goal. A solid Testing Strategy will help us achieve your goals within your constraints.
There is always more than one way to skin a cat or test your software.
“Just test it” is a strategy but it ignores almost everything you need to be successful.
“Testers” Usually Don’t Have a Strategy
“Test Engineers” and “QA Managers” have a library of different testing and QA Strategies they can employ to achieve your goals. That’s why TESTCo only employs test engineers. That’s why a QA Manager is assigned to every project.
“Just Test It and Hope For the Best” is also a strategy, it’s just not a very good one. That’s one reason you want to be careful about hiring a company to test your software, website and apps.
Lack of a strategy is the #1 reason for looking foolish to your boss or customers.
Goals, Constraints and Strategy Equal Value and Delight
You know you need testing for your software, website, or web application and you also know you have a limited budget.
Sure, you can get it “tested”.
If you’ll share your Goals and Constraints with us, we’ll show you that you can have more.
Your boss and customers will appreciate it.