Optimize Your SQA Practice Using a Full Lifecycle Approach

Apply SQA across critical development process steps to ensure quality all the way to product delivery.

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Without a well-established SQA practice:

  • Your development teams address quality issues on a reactive basis, rather than investing the necessary resources for a long-term quality assurance strategy.
  • Your IT organization often finds itself in firefighting mode, taking the fall for poorly performing applications, dissatisfied end users, and large amounts of application rework.
  • Your development teams are tasked with operating within the unknown, and consequently, lack the ability to consistently deliver products that meet quality expectations set out by the business.

A holistic SQA plan can help your team:

  • Delineate roles and responsibilities as they relate to quality assurance, ensure tasks and procedures improve process efficiency and quality, and formalize metrics that help to implement a continuous improvement cycle for SQA.
  • Gain transparent business understanding and justification for your SQA activities by providing insight into current and future needs for improving processes and QA training.

Module 1: Assess Your Current SQA Capabilities

The Purpose

  • To help you assess and understand your current SQA capabilities as well as the degree to which metric objectives are being met.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An analysis of current SQA practices to provide insight into potential inefficiencies, opportunities, and to provide the business with sufficient rationale for improving current quality assurance initiatives.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Conduct a high-level assessment of where to focus your current state analysis.
  • Understanding of current overall development process and where it is most weak in the context of quality assurance
1.2 Document your high-level development process.
1.3 Create a RACI chart to understand roles and responsibilities.
1.4 Perform a SIPOC-MC analysis for problem areas identified in your SDLC.
  • Understanding of assigned roles and responsibilities across development teams, including individuals who are involved with making quality-related decisions for artifact hand-off
1.5 Identify the individual control points involved with passing software artifacts through SDLC stages being assessed.
1.6 Identify problem areas within your SDLC as they relate to SQA.
  • Identification of problem areas within SQA process for further analysis

Module 2: Define SQA Target State Processes

The Purpose

  • To help you identify and define SQA processes and metrics needed to meet quality objectives set out by development teams and the business.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A revised list of key SQA tasks along with metrics and associated tolerance limits used universally for all development projects.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Establish SQA metrics and tolerance limits across your SDLC.
  • Identification of the appropriate metrics and their associated tolerance limits to provide insights into meeting quality goals and objectives during process execution
2.2 Determine your target state for SQA processes within the define/design stage of the SDLC.
2.3 Determine your target state for SQA processes within the development stage of the SDLC.
2.4 Determine your target state for SQA processes within the testing stage of the SDLC.
2.5 Determine your target state for SQA processes within the deploy/release stage of the SDLC.
  • Identification of target state SQA processes that are required for ensuring quality across all development projects

Module 3: Prioritize SQA Optimization Initiatives and Develop Optimization Roadmap

The Purpose

  • Based on discovered inefficiencies, define optimization initiatives required to improve your SQA practice.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Optimization initiatives and associated tasks required to address gaps and improve SQA capabilities.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Determine optimization initiatives for improving your SQA process.
  • Prioritized list of optimization initiatives for SQA
3.2 Gain the full scope of effort required to implement your SQA optimization initiatives.
  • Assessment of level of effort for each SQA optimization initiative
3.3 Identify the enablers and blockers of your SQA optimization.
  • Identification of enablers and blockers for optimization initiatives
3.4 Define your SQA optimization roadmap.
  • Identification of roadmap timeline for implementing optimization initiatives

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