Quality Assurance supports validation for a number of reasons not least of which is the potential for cost savings for you! The key is to know where to apply the appropriate level of validation. It is quite possible to validate too many items and also to validate the wrong ones. There are some organizations who believe that if a little testing is good, then a medium amount of testing is better and a huge amount of testing is the best of all. The testers (and anyone else who can be brought into the process) test as much as they can or for as long as they can before the release date. The end result is a product that has been tested for some items but no one knows what was done or missed. As usual, these problems show up in production with depressing regularity and sometimes horrific consequences.
Some projects have problems identifying the correct place to implement validation techniques and wait until it is too late in the project. The other mistake that some organizations make is matching the correct validation technique to their level of process maturity.
Many people can test but not all can test effectively or efficiently.
Both are necessary for a positive ROI.
For all of the above reasons, it is critical that an assessment be carried out on the existing processes to determine the following:
- The appropriate places to use validation techniques in your projects.
- The appropriate types of validation to complete and when to do them.
- The level of Validation to be carried out at each phase.
- The relevant stakeholders who gain from the process and can see the benefits.
- The use of the correct techniques based on SDLC maturity.
Once all of the above are known; then an effective validation process can implemented for your benefit. NVP Software Solutions completes that assessment and provides Recommendations and a Roadmap to get you there. You realise instant benefits in reduced rework and reduced cost.