Taking Your Test Team into the Future
Let’s start out by asking a couple of simple questions of you as a test professional.
1 - Do you know where you are in the development activities from a testing perspective? Sure, you know that you have 1 large program, 4 projects and monthly maintenance upgrades to deliver over the next year and staff have been assigned to those activities…But do you have confidence in your ability to deliver against those pieces of work, or is it going to be countless manual hours, overtime, massive amounts of stress on your staff, your colleagues, your friends?
2 - Are you facing what seems like insurmountable challenges such as…
- Rapidly changing production/development landscape
- Seemingly forced into agility
- Ever increasing quality demands
If this has basically described your career, than read on because you might want to consider Virtech’s bi-annual performance review that integrates into our approach to Continuous Testing which can become your Continuous Test Methodology.
But it is more than that…and this is where Virtech has seen time and again Test teams and organisations fail not only in the testing arena but organisationally as well!
You must have your test teams prepared to be in a place where they don’t fear evaluations and subsequent recommendations. You- as a leader, must prepare to uplift the culture of your test team(s) in line with the implementation of outcomes from the evaluations in line with adopting a continuous testing approach.
Sadly, traditionally testing is still seen as the poor second cousin in a lot of major and minor development activities and yet Test managers are asked to sign off in blood as the gatekeepers of a successful migration to production; even when there has been no real impact on stakeholder partners in the development journey.
Remarkably, the test team are the first to be asked questions when there has been a failure! It doesn’t matter whether you are on a full-blown Digital Transformation, or testing the monthly/quarterly maintenance release. There is no doubt in my mind that applying the right approach to your testing activities, and your teams continual improvement are the two keys to success.
So, Virtech proposes that we become partners in elevating testing to the forefront of the development lifecycle! To be seen as a true enabler of not just cost, quality, agility and speed, but be promoted into a role as the leaders of successful delivery.
By utilising Virtech’s idea of bi-annual continuous test automation assessments as a technique to inspire greatness whilst ensuring you move with a sense of clarity and purpose in your role as the quality gatekeeper.
In line with Virtech’s ideas around reuse we have taken the best of our partners Tricentis’ ongoing ‘Client Insights’ and their elements of Continuous Testing framework to assist you in an accurate, non-intrusive strengths and weaknesses assessment of your current capability as per the diagram below.
So, where do we start?
As with all things in life, we need to start at the start with a clearly defined roadmap that spells out how you and your team are going to be an active partner in elevating your testing team including the culture of testing within your organisation.
Virtech are happy to provide ongoing support throughout your journey as an independent barometer of your success. In our assessments, we follow standardised methods and models to create your custom-tailored solution that fit your needs by:
- Working with you to ensure everyone understands the elements that are critical to continuous testing in your organisation;
- Showing you how to implement those elements in a non-intrusive manner, so not taking your teams eyes off the currently agreed to delivery milestones;
- Clearly defining and measuring outcomes, to ensure they are achievable and you are enabling key milestones;
- Celebrating your successes thereby creating awareness of the test team’s progress against those key milestones and;
- Revisiting your goals, institutionalising your changes so the changes become a permanent legacy to your efforts whilst encapsulating and adapting to any changes to delivery models.
As part of our mantra of starting at the start, Virtech will work alongside your team in a collaborative workshop capacity, the goal of which is to provide you with a defined priorities and key focus areas.
This will come in the form of a free in-depth report that summarises all of our findings…providing guidance around key metrics and KPI’s so crucial to developing a successful Milestone Pipeline.
Virtech is built on the expertise of 30+ years in the industry, making us experts around how to take your team on their own personal journeys.
We only ask 2 hours of your time to become an active stakeholder from the beginning of the process. You will be seen as one of the thought leaders of innovation and change in your Organisation and an active contributor to success of your Business and who doesn’t want that?
Call out to Virtech today via https://www.virtechglobal.com/contact and setup a free Evaluation Workshop.