January 20, 2015

CONSULTING Quality Assurance Strategy and Delivery

Does your project perform as expected? Are the end users confident that the new functionality meets their requirements? Does the new application have any design flaws or areas that require refinement?

Many project managers consider Quality Assurance Testing (QAT, sometimes also referred to as UAT or BAT) the most critical of the project phases. It’s the last step before delivering the new application or solution to your users and customers. 

There are many critical steps to ensuring that your Quality Assurance Strategy and Delivery Testing is thorough, reliable, and accurately measures your expected outcomes. 

Quality Assurance Strategy and Delivery

  • Step 1: Develop a thorough testing plan – At a minimum, a good test plan will be able to answer the following questions: What should be tested? Who will execute the plan? How will we validate the expected results? How will defects be resolved? How will user preference issues be handled? What measurement protocol will be utilized to determine if the project is a success and ready for implementation?
  • Step 2: Develop a thorough set of test cases – Test scripts should be designed using the various use cases identified during the requirements definition phase. In addition, test cases should focus on the &real-world” usage of the application and should include all possible scenarios.
  • Step 3: Execute the Plan – follow the strategy as planned, but be ready to make adjustments where and when necessary to meet your business and IT objectives.
  • Step 4: Sign-Off – All business and IT owners should be required to review the test results and approve the application prior to implementation.

A reliable test plan requires resources with an intimate knowledge of both your business and application. Shaw Quality Assurance Strategy and Delivery analysts are uniquely positioned to design and execute a test plan based on your specific business and IT needs.