QA Mentor: Strategic Advisory for Software Testing
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Ruslan Desyatnikov, Founder & CEO
High-quality software with fast releases (or short time-to-market) is the new business objective. While fast-tracking software development cycles without compromising on product quality is fundamental, QA teams often struggle to keep pace with the expectations of quicker turnaround time on testing. “For most organizations, testing poses a bottleneck,” begins Ruslan Desyatnikov, Founder and CEO of QA Mentor. As a software quality assurance and testing leader with more than 274 global QA resources in eight different countries, QA Mentor offers 32 QA testing services and interesting models that allow them to achieve super quick turnaround times.
At the outset, the company offered strategic advisory coaching, training and guidance under its wide umbrella of consulting services across the entire gamut of testing. What sets them apart from the other market players is that upon availing the company’s testing services, continuous process improvements and transformation services soon follow. “Our test engineers not only have in-depth knowledge about testing but also know how to make the process more streamlined, disciplined and organized for organizations of all sizes.” Before proceeding to the testing phase, the QA Mentor team takes the time to understand their client’s vision and takes into account their organizational structure and the processes and applications in place in order to tailor solutions that come with built-in improvements along the way. With more than two decades of experience in the testing arena, QA Mentor has designed protocols for all the specialized areas in quality assurance, such as performance testing methodology, automation testing methodology, regression testing methodology and security testing methodology.
QA Mentor supports the entire software development lifecycle by interjecting testing strategies right from the requirements analysis phase. Their specialized services and static testing validate requirements to make sure that they are properly gathered and documented from the initial stages of the requirements gathering process. They know that doing otherwise could lead to faulty code features. For qualifying the code, they have static and dynamic code analysis tools, that can run on any code and provide reports to their quality managers. The QA Mentor team also ensures that the developers verify the code through unit tests, code reviews and peer reviews so that by the time the code gets to QA, many defects have already been caught and fixed.
Befitting our name, coaching, training and guiding principles are embedded in everything that we do
To highlight how they achieve a quick turnaround coupled with high-quality testing, Desyatnikov draws attention to their regression testing on demand. Most companies have thousands of manual test cases making it a time-consuming process to rerun regression tests for every new build and piece of code that comes in. As opposed to four companies taking a month to complete testing, QA Mentor can deploy 15-30 testers and execute the test cases in a matter of days while simultaneous automating manual test cases to achieve a quicker execution timeframe.
Often, quality seems to be elusive for clients even after all testing processes are in place. To alleviate such concerns, the QA Mentor team conducts a gap analysis of the client’s functional test cases, usability test cases, database test cases, and more. “We have a specialized service called test case coverage services, where we identify the gaps and help our clients create the missing test cases,” says Desyatnikov.
Although their services portfolio is extensive, QA Mentor provides the most economical quality assurance and testing services, making them affordable even for companies with limited budgets.
For clients that have or need applications translated into different languages and want to confirm that the application works when translated correctly or they wish to ascertain how the application performs in different geographical areas, QA Mentor has the answer. “With a community of more than 12,000 plus crowdsourced testers from 182 countries in the world on our crowdsourcing platform, we have the ability to test absolutely any language,” states Desyatnikov.
QA Mentor also tackles the common challenge of organizations not getting ROI from their testing automation endeavors. Their goal is to coach, train and guide their clients on implementing the right framework for automation testing and maintaining the automation scripts to ultimately benefit from them. “Befitting our name, coaching, training and guiding principles are embedded in everything that we do,” remarks Desyatnikov.
Indeed, true to their name - especially on the training front - they have an e-learning platform open for any individual in the world who wants to learn and upgrade their skills in the industry. With a 30 days course offering, it is enough time to make someone a learned QA Tester.
It comes as no surprise that QA Mentor was the vendor of choice for a healthcare organization facing challenges while transitioning from the typical waterfall model into the Agile Scrum methodology. They were unable to deliver within the two weeks sprint period, and the declining quality was a matter of concern. “Our first priority was to ascertain the problems and the gaps through the discovery phase. After interviewing the various stakeholders of the organization, we built a maturity profile across the software development lifecycle. We designed a transformation strategy charting out the needs to be addressed first to help them achieve a quick turnaround time and the ability to truly implement Agile in the organization without any problems,” says Desyatnikov.
With an aim to be a CMS level five organization, the think tanks at QA Mentor’s research and development wing are gearing to support customers on the testing front for all the new and evolving technologies. On an acquisition spree to accelerate their growth in line with their global expansion plans, Desyatnikov says, “We are trying to build a footprint in almost every country in the world. We want to be the next McDonald’s—opening a branch for quality assurance in every country.”