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Shift Left Quality Assurance: How to do it. Why it matters.

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Shift Left Quality Assurance was originally presented by Mark Summers in a Webinar hosted by Worksoft in September 2015.

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Shift Left Quality Assurance: How to do it. Why it matters.

  1. 1. © 2015 Worksoft, Inc.www.worksoft.com Shift Left Quality Assurance How to do it. Why it matters. Mark Summers Principal - Business Process Validation September 2015 The webinar will begin shortly.
  2. 2. www.worksoft.com 2 Shift Left noun. [shift left] The practice of focusing on quality from day one of a project in order to prevent defects, stop leakage and ensure IT has met the customer’s requirements. WATER- FALL SDLC Project Confirmation Requirements & Design Construction & Test Deployment Project close SAP - ASAP Project Prep Business Blueprint Realization & Testing Final Preparation Go Live Support
  3. 3. www.worksoft.com 3 SDLC phase where testing begins for lower maturity IT WATER- FALL SDLC Project Confirmation Requirements & Design Construction & Test Deployment Project Close SAP - ASAP Project Prep Business Blueprint Realization & Testing Final Preparation Go Live Support Test Prep System Testing User Acceptance Testing FUT Testing Integration Testing Start of Testing Activities
  4. 4. www.worksoft.com 4 SDLC phase where QA & testing begin for high maturity IT WATER- FALL SDLC Project Confirmation Requirements & Design Construction & Test Deployment Project Close SAP - ASAP Project Prep Business Blueprint Realization & Testing Final Preparation Go Live Support System Testing Defect Management Performance User Acceptance Testing • Estimation • Sourcing • Test Strategy Integration Testing Defect Management Test Planning • Data & Env Prep • Requirements Inspections • Test Status Reporting Test Design • Design Inspections • Test Status Reporting • Unit Testing support • Code Review SDLC Auditing, Gating and Compliance Metrics Collection and Analysis Continuous Improvement Start of QA and Testing Activities
  5. 5. www.worksoft.com 5 If you answer yes to any of the following, then you are ready: • Have you mastered the art of testing, but still failing to meet customers’ expectations? • Are you experiencing high requirements volatility in late stages of development? • Is a majority of your defect discovery occurring in the “build/construction” phase? • Is testing more than 25% of your overall project costs? • Are you struggling to deliver projects on time? • Are you striving to move to the next level of test maturity? Are you ready for a “Shift Left”?
  6. 6. www.worksoft.com 6 Why “Shift Left” and striving for high maturity?
  7. 7. www.worksoft.com 7 Late defect discovery is expensive and disruptive!
  8. 8. www.worksoft.com 8 1. Define the Testing Lifecycle • Define full testing lifecycle with SDLC phases, activities, tasks, steps, roles, work products, templates, metrics, and tools • Move appropriate testing and QA activities to the initial project planning, requirements and design phases versus beginning these in the construction phase • Integrate the testing process with the PMO, development and enterprise architecture processes Steps to “Shifting Left” 2 Leverage professionally trained software testers and/or have current associates performing these roles get ISTQB certified (at least take the classes)
  9. 9. www.worksoft.com 9 3 Validate the requirements • Implement a formal inspection process to aid in early defect discovery • Dramatically reduce the construction phase with inspections that will remove ambiguous requirements and identify missing requirements • Inspections should initially be applied to requirements, functional design and technical designs. Later, this can be expanded to test plans, test cases, business models and source code. 4 Leverage formal Test Design Techniques • Implement and require the use of formal test design techniques like decision analysis, equivalence class partitioning and orthogonal analysis • Leveraging these techniques will ensure that you are writing the minimal number of test cases that will provide the broadest amount of functional coverage Steps to “Shifting Left”
  10. 10. www.worksoft.com 10 5 Govern both the process usage and process outputs (content evaluation) • Identify the critical phases, tasks and activities that need to be audited • Establish a formal compliance scorecard containing these critical activities • Conduct gating audits at the end of each SDLC phase • Report compliance to executive leadership team and take action on non-compliance Steps to “Shifting Left”
  11. 11. www.worksoft.com 11 Help clients to develop and institutionalize a world class structured software testing and quality assurance framework leveraging our approach of “Assess > Improve > Transform”. This advanced quality maturity model will help clients deliver business value and will result in a more efficient and effective IT organization capable of delivering high quality and high availability systems. Worksoft aqmm objective Assess Maturity Assessments based on TMMI are the foundation for maturing your quality framework and overall IT. Improve Maximize your ability to eliminate defects early and concurrently lower the defect discovery costs. Transform Achieve “world-class" quality and efficiencies by streamlining your IT organization with the introduction of a formal test competency or COE. Assess Improve Transform
  12. 12. © 2015 Worksoft, Inc.www.worksoft.com Questions? Thank you Mark Summers msummers@worksoft.com +1 414-704-7326

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