A test assessment is the unbiased evaluation of your current testing methods, infrastructure, tools and organization. The objective is to identify areas of excellence as well as areas where practices are weak.
A test assessment is performed partially on your site and partially at our offices. The scope and formality of a test assessment depend on your organization’s size and needs. It can be performed at the level of a project, department or organization. A typical assessment will include the following:
- Selection of interview questions. This includes adaptation to your specific environment (job titles, terminology, …)
- A review of your current process standards and deliverables. This is done prior to the interviews, as it may generate additional questions.
- A series of interviews with representatives from different levels, roles and backgrounds. Interviews are conducted individually or in small groups.
- Analysis of findings to determine the root causes of the symptoms observed during reviews and interviews. This may include an analysis of the gap between documented and actual practices, or between actual and industry best practices.
- Presentation of findings and delivery of a written report.
Our test assessments are carried out by consultants with extensive real-world experience. They usually work in pairs for maximum objectivity.
Why do I need a test assessment?
Test assessments are often carried out as a precursor to a test improvement project. In that case, the results of a test assessment are used to prioritize the improvement efforts and as a baseline to measure progress. But assessments also make sense on their own, for instance to make sure that your test process is on track and your confidence justified.
- Obtain an objective opinion on your test process. Avoid corporate ‘blindness’.
- Understand where effectiveness and efficiency can be improved.
- Find out what pockets of excellence to preserve.
- Learn how your organization compares with others.
- Leverage experience from our consultants.
- Avoid complacency among your testers.