Your company is finally starting a long awaited, new system implementation project. A project team is constituted. The implementation consultants have explained expectations, cooperation rules and introduced the next steps. It’s a lot of work ahead of you. How to get started? How to avoid team burnout? How to run the project in parallel to “keeping the plane flying”?
The first project phase – analysis, defining the company specific business requirements, should be completed by the company subject matter experts. It is them who know the company inside out, are familiar with the existing processes and procedures. The result of this phase should be a project blueprint describing the business and legal requirements, being at the same time an entry point to any system setup activities and developing any required testing scenarios.
Is the system validation part – the tests – to be run necessarily by the company subject matter experts though? No. These could be ordered to be executed by the independent testing experts from QuaTes. They, based on the received project blueprint, will develop test scenarios, ensuring a comprehensive system setup validation. They will design a user acceptance, integration or parallel testing plan, to validate the configuration of the system according to this plan in the next step. All this in order to minimize or completely eliminate the company subject matter experts’ involvement.
The QuaTes specialists – the quality assurance experts, know the systems they work with very well, what helps them not only to plan the tests accurately, but go ahead and start the testing without any additional system trainings. This can help your company minimize any additional costs linked to the implementation project.
The duration of the entire testing activities planned and later executed by our quality assurance team is also worth considering. On top of the core validation activities they ensure proper defects logging in order to perform any necessary retesting and modifications validation. You will be regularly informed on progress and quality of the tests as well as the shape of the implemented system, thanks to standardized status reports. The lessons our experts have been learning on some other projects, support them in training and providing your company specialists a business and operational know-how.
Our testing experts will additionally determine a checklist of any critical points to be validated shortly before the Go Live on the production environment. The entire, above described, service will ensure a right quality of the new implemented system, completing the system validation phase by an established deadline, what translates to completing the project on time.
- Tests plan and timeline definition;
- Testing scenarios development;
- Scenarios verification together with customer’s subject matter experts;
- User Acceptance Testing based on the scenarios;
- Testing progress documentation and regular status reporting;
- Logging and informing the implementation vendor on any defects identified;
- Defining regression testing scope and scenarios to be run once defects fixed;
- Fixes validation;
- New system training for the company end users;
- Integration testing (e.g. interfaces from/to any legacy applications);
- Parallel testing (e.g. during payroll system implementation projects) if in project’s scope;
- Go Live checklists design.
- Access to the best and proven testing models and procedures;
- Engagement of a certified quality assurance team, experienced in testing systems like SAP, EeTime, Workday, People Soft or ADP Global View;
- Dedicated team fully focused on testing;
- Business know-how and the best business processes learned in other projects to be shared with your company;
- Service provided based on an agreed SLA;
- Ready to use testing scenarios pool;
- Time saving thanks to leveraging system expertise of the testing team;
- Additional assumptions and business requirements verification;
- Documentation allowing a full traceability from requirements, through scenarios, defects up to identified and implemented improvements;
- Effective use of own resources – your company experts can focus on any company vital activities;
- Testing scenarios developed and ready to be reused in the future (e.g. during a system upgrade project);
- Flexibility in defining testing sets (e.g. absence rules, overtime, compensation, benefits, employee master data or interfaces to be tested separately by different groups of testers);
- Up to date status reports delivered regularly.