Software QA Consulting

QA consulting services - ScienceSoft

Essence

Software QA consulting services help eliminate QA process constraints and achieve higher QA maturity and efficiency.

In QA consulting since 2002, ScienceSoft helps companies quickly evaluate and improve the QA process, introduce smart test automation, efficiently test specific software types, or design a robust QA process from scratch.

32 years in software testing services

730+ successful testing projects

ISO 9001 certified quality management system

Doesn’t QA Meet Your Project Needs?

ScienceSoft’s QA experts can establish an effective QA process tailored to your project and software specifics or assess and redesign the existing one for your software quality to be validated within optimal testing time and budget.

When You Need QA Consulting

  • There’s no structured QA process.
  • QA process is ineffective (severe defects leak into software production, QA and testing go over budget and deadlines).
  • QA process lives up to basic KPIs, but there’s room for optimization.
  • Test automation is required (e.g., to implement a CI/CD pipeline, introduce DevOps or a shift-left approach for reduced testing time and increased test coverage), but the in-house QA team lacks needed competencies.
  • In-house QA team doesn’t have experience in testing a specific software architecture (event-driven, service-oriented, space-based) or a particular technology (e.g., big data, IoT, AI).
  • Software QA maturity can’t keep up with corporate business processes maturity.
  • There’s a need to pass software certification (e.g., HIPAA, GAMP, PCI DSS, GDPR), process certification (e.g., ISO 9001, ISO 27001, ISO 13485), or QA maturity certification (e.g., TMMi Foundation, TPI NEXT® Foundation).

QA process improvement

ScienceSoft’s QA consultants:

  • Identify problems in your QA process.
  • Work out a strategy for their mitigation.
  • Analyze risks bound to rolling out a problem mitigation strategy and create a risk mitigation plan.
  • Implement QA process improvements.
  • Check the effectiveness of QA process changes against the agreed set of KPIs.

Timing: 2-4 weeks.

Pricing: T&M.

QA process setup

ScienceSoft’s QA consultants:

  • Analyze specifics of your software (tech stack and architecture, the requirements specification, etc.) and project (e.g., software development methodology, SDLC stage, QA team lineup).
  • Outline the testing scope, testing team(s) lineup and competencies.
  • Design the testing strategy and plan.
  • Estimate the testing time and costs.
  • Study the feasibility of introducing test automation in the project.
  • Setting up the designed QA process.

Timing: 2-6 weeks.

Pricing: T&M with a cap or an hourly fee.

QA process audit

ScienceSoft’s QA consultants:

  • Examine your current QA process.
  • Reveal the QA process bottlenecks.
  • Design an action plan for QA process optimization.

If needed, our QA audit can include:

  • Assessment of your current QA process maturity against a custom/TMMi/TPI maturity model.
  • Outlining the action points on how to upgrade your QA maturity.

Timing: 1-2 weeks.

Pricing: T&M.

Pre-certification QA aid

ScienceSoft’s QA or cybersecurity experts:

  • Assess the compliance of your security or quality management system/software development/QA practices with the corresponding certification requirements.
  • Advise on the relevant improvements.
  • Re-assess your readiness or certification after the improvements are implemented.

Timing: 2-4 weeks.

Pricing: T&M.

Test automation introduction

ScienceSoft’s test automation professionals:

  • Analyze your project and software specifics, testing strategy and plan, testing scenarios (if they are in place).
  • Perform the feasibility study of the test automation relevancy for your project.
  • Design a test automation strategy and architecture.
  • Advise on the most fitting testing scenarios for test automation.
  • Propose a relevant test automation framework/tool and advise on its configurations.
  • Set up automated test data generation.
  • Integrate continuous testing in an existing CI/CD pipeline.

Note: ScienceSoft’s DevOps engineers can help with setting up a CI/CD pipeline for your project from scratch.

Timing: 2-4 weeks.

Pricing: T&M with a cap or an hourly fee.

Consulting on testing a specific software type

ScienceSoft’s test engineers:

  • Design a test strategy and plan for software with a specific architecture or technology.
  • Outline the relevant testing scope and approach, develop testing scenarios driven by the software specifics.
  • Advise on the testing team lineup and required competencies.
  • Calculate the feasibility of test automation for the testing project.

Our testing experts can help with QA of following software types:

Timing: 1-2 weeks.

Pricing: T&M.

We can complement all service options with training sessions for your in-house project and QA teams to:

  • Ensure proper knowledge transfer to your in-house professionals.
  • Explain the value of proposed improvements.
  • Advise on how to build the recommended changes into the daily activities of team members.

If your request exceeds the scope of our QA consulting services, consider our software testing services.

Our QA & Testing Highlights

  • 32 years in software testing services.
  • 19 years in QA consulting.
  • 75+ QA and testing engineers aboard.
  • ISTQB-certified QA consultants.
  • ISO 27001 certified information security management system.
  • Experience in 30+ industries, including manufacturing, retail, wholesale, logistics, professional services, healthcare, financial services, oil & gas, telecommunications.

After looking through numerous candidates, we set our choice upon ScienceSoft and, over the course of our close cooperation, we haven’t regretted the decision. In terms of […] QA and automated testing services, they fulfilled our expectations and became very valuable for the project. At the present moment, their specialists are working together with our employees in mixed teams smoothly, just as well-integrated units. We would definitely recommend working with ScienceSoft as a long-term QA partner.

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Norbert Nagy

Co-Founder and CEO, GuideVision

ScienceSoft’s QA team efficiently developed the testing documentation on the basis of exploratory testing results and helped us with the software requirements specification. We would like to acknowledge that the team was devoted not only to delivering the QA services but also making the collaboration smooth and convenient to us.

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Vladimir Usenco

CEO, Lampdoc SRL., Lampdoc

We started working with ScienceSoft in early 2011 testing our core application called Careware. The application is quite complex and has many ERP and mobile elements in it. We have worked with the team in very close cooperation ever since and value the professional as well as flexible attitude towards testing. Since starting our cooperation the testing team has changed in size and people, with one test engineer remaining with us for already 2 years now! We currently have a team of 3 very enthusiastic and good test engineers with whom we are very happy.

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Roderick Schipper

CTO , helpLine B.V.

Tools Our QA Team is Proficient with

API testing tools

SoapUI/ Soap UI Pro
Apache JMeter
Postman
REST Assured

Automated UI testing tools

Selenium
Protractor
Ranorex
TestComplete
XCUITest

Performance testing tools

Apache JMeter
Microsoft Visual Studio
LoadRunner
Silk Performer

Security testing tools

HCL AppScan
Nessus
Nmap
Burp Suite
Acunetix

Automated mobile testing tools

Appium
Calabash
Espresso

CI/CD tools

CI/CD
Jenkins
Bamboo
TeamCity
Travis CI
Drone CI

Test management and defect tracking software

Atlassian Jira
Zephyr
Microsoft TFS
TestRail
Bugzilla
LogiGear
BMC Compuware
Micro Focus Quality Center

Remote communication tools

Shorter software time-to-market.

Reduced QA and testing costs.

Minimized defects leakage.

Streamlined collaboration and QA awareness within the project team.

Balanced manual and automated testing efforts.

Level 3-4 QA maturity as per the TMMi model.

Optimized test coverage.

QA Consulting Process

ScienceSoft’s specialists follow a comprehensive approach to software quality assurance consulting. The key QA consulting stages are:

QA consulting process

1

Project get-in

2

Analysis and planning

3

Implementation

4

Support

  • Percentage of software requirements covered by test cases.
  • Average and total number of created/updated test cases.
  • Total number of executed test cases per certain period (e.g., iteration, build).
  • Average and total number of found defects.
  • Testing time and costs variance (the ratio between actual and estimated testing time and budget).
  • Test design efficiency (the ratio of the total number of created test cases and the actual testing time).
  • Percentage of issues found by software users or during user acceptance testing (aka defects leakage).
  • Severity of defects that leaked into production.

QA KPIs will greatly depend on your QA maturity level, software and project specifics, QA process challenges you face.

We provide a tailored set of KPIs, which you can use further during QA process self-assessments.

Our Sample QA & Testing Projects

QA Consulting and Test Automation for a Multinational Automotive Software Company

QA Consulting and Test Automation for a Multinational Automotive Software Company

  • QA process examination and maturity estimation (TMMi model).
  • QA strategy and test plan design.
  • Training sessions on QA aspects of coding for the Customer’s software development team.
  • Test automation tool selection and configuration, test script development.
QA Consulting and Test Automation for a Global Provider of Security Audit and Compliance Services

QA Consulting and Test Automation for a Global Provider of Security Audit and Compliance Services

  • Optimization of test cases’ design, implementation of the data-driven approach to testing.
  • Training sessions for the Customer’s in-house testing team on the newly introduced testing practices.
  • Automated data migration, regression, and performance testing.
QA Consulting and Testing Services for an Insurance Claim Estimation Company

QA Consulting and Testing Services for an Insurance Claim Estimation Company

  • QA strategy and test plan design.
  • Training sessions for the Customer’s in-house QA team on how to fit testing into the Scrum development process.
  • Automated API and regression testing, manual DWH and UX/UI testing.
QA Consulting and Testing Services for a Provider of Intelligent Transportation Systems

QA Consulting and Testing Services for a Provider of Intelligent Transportation Systems

  • QA strategy and test plan design.
  • Coordinating the Customer’s two in-house testing teams placed in different geographical locations.
  • Training sessions for one of the in-house teams on adherence to Scrum methodology, on-field and localization testing specifics.
Preparation for Certification, Manual and Automated Testing for a High-Tech Services Provider

Preparation for Certification, Manual and Automated Testing for a High-Tech Services Provider

  • QA strategy and test plan design.
  • Thorough manual functional testing to help the Customer’s software pass Microsoft software tests.
  • Automation of the regression test suite.

How Your QA Process Can Transform with Our Consulting

  • Zero

    severe defects in software production due to defect detection early in the SDLC, balancing manual and automated testing efforts for optimized test coverage.

  • -20-40%

    testing costs due to KPIs-based control over QA and testing performance; QA best practices, reusable test documentation and test cases/scripts.

  • -18%

    testing time due to accurate implementation of the shift-left approach and test automation, QA and testing activities are fine-tuned to project and software specifics.

  • -15-20%

    software maintenance costs due to minimized defects’ leakage, proactive QA during software evolution (e.g., regular regression and performance testing).

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