Speed to market is key to winning new business and retaining existing customers. In the current age of stiff competition, and growing complexity of end user requirements, it isn’t easy for companies to deliver defect free software products fast. For product leaders, delivery remains the top priority, but neglecting software quality to accommodate faster releases can be highly detrimental to a company’s reputation.
Historically, engaging a specialist third party QA services provider has resulted in delivering successful outcomes for product companies. But the need for agility and reduced time to market requires pushing the outsourced model – nearshore and offshore – toward a new, more dynamic engagement approach.
At Astegic, our clients depend on our quick turnaround time, continuous engagement, and streamlined QA processes. We capitalized on the proven methods and processes that we have been successfully using with our clients over the past decade, and developed a QA engagement framework modeled around Kanban.
The Kanban method is widely used in agile software development. We have applied the Kanban methodology to our QA engagement process to address the most common challenges that agile and fast-paced companies typically face while engaging with extended QA teams in an outsourced or onshore/offshore model.
KDEFT (Kanban-Driven Engagement Framework for Testing) addresses critical client concerns of speed, agility and communication throughout the SDLC and across time zones.
KDEFT brings greater transparency and efficiency in team engagement and collaboration especially with regard to frequent priority shifts and change requests.
KDEFT enables us to make use of Jira with Kanban to visualize work and optimize the flow of the work among the team. Zephy is used for test case management.
KDEFT ensures that the team's work is visualized, the workflow is standardized, and all dependencies are immediately identified and resolved – in turn speeding release cycles and mitigating risk.
With KDEFT, we use a basic kanban board concept which has a three-step workflow: To Do, Doing, and Done. However, the workflow can be mapped to meet the unique process of any particular team depending on a team's size, structure, and objectives.
The KDEFT methodology relies upon complete transparency of work and real-time communication wherein the kanban board acts as the single source of truth for the team's work.
KDEFT enables companies to significantly reduce the time spent on task planning and increases throughput for teams of all sizes.
Figure 3– Functional testing in KDEFT
Figure 4 – Kanban board is the single source of truth for the team's work
Figure 5– Test Execution details
KDEFT delivers significant client-benefits that include some of the following key outcomes among many others:
- Complete mapping of tasks through workflow visualization, resulting in higher efficiency and transparency
- Continuous redressal and closure of items, limiting work in progress within task items
- Measurement and reporting of items or cards at each state
- Objectivity and clarity between onshore and offshore teams
- Improved collaboration
- Greater flexibility
- Shortened STLC
- Continuous delivery
Client Case Study
AcuTech Consulting Group was seeking a QA solution for their product. The client has an outsourced QA team that does manual testing on their software. They were making a transition to QA automation but wanted to explore other alternatives over their existing QA provider -- mainly to gain access to specialist QA automation expertise. Astegic was brought in.
Astegic saw that, owing to the involvement of multiple teams, knowledge transfer and execution can get complex especially due to three different time zones and locations from where the companies work. Astegic deployed KDEFT to efficiently engage with the client and their third party QA provider.
All of the manual tests cases are created and executed by the client’s QA services provider. Astegic works on the manual test cases produced by the third party QA team and creates all the automation scripts. KDEFT helps the client significantly reduce time and cost of QA, and brings flexibility, clarity and improved collaboration between the client, third party QA and Astegic teams.
Astegic is a US-based Quality Assurance (QA) company with its offshore global delivery center in India. For 15 years, Astegic has been helping Fortune 500 through startup companies with their Testing & QA needs. With our in-depth experience across a wide range of industries, our clients receive innovative and best-in-class service and solutions. We offer near 24/7 rapid service from both& Astegic’s US and India based testing operations.
Focusing on resolving our client’s testing challenges, Astegic specializes in decreasing costs, speeding time-to-market and improving the quality of our client’s applications. Astegic has a dedicated Testing Center of Excellence (TCoE), specializing in providing solutions across Mobile, Cloud and API testing.