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Moving towards an output based testing strategy

Posted on: 01 August '13

Have you asked yourself these questions as a client?

  • Why do I get a big list of “value adds”, but still don’t see any reduction in costs nor faster time to market?
  • Why is my actual QA spending much higher than estimated?
  • Why do I have to spend too much time in non-core activities like reviews, resourcing and planning value-adds?
  • Why do I have to pay for capacity rather than actual output?

Output based pricing allows you to define and measure improvements that are mutually beneficial to you and your quality partner. Output based QA is different from outcome based models, because the latter relies on identifying and sharing the benefits based on the business case of the project.

An output based testing model relies on historical performance data for unit definition, performance and benchmark definition and continuous improvements. A simple maturity curve can be drawn as below:

Testing Strategy

An output based model encourages the partner to define a model based on units of work. The output / units of work are always measurable and converted in terms of quality, schedule and other SLAs.

The benefits work both ways. By working with units:

  • The partner has incentive to improve efficiency and effectiveness in delivering the units.
  • The customer receives higher productivity and reduced governance overhead.

The savings on both sides can then be applied to process and capability improvements.
Read our whitepaper titled “Moving Towards an Output Based Testing & Pricing in QA” to learn more.

Rajeevan Velayudhan

Rajeevan Velayudhan is Senior Director of Quality Assurance business unit in Mindtree. In 14+ years of experience in IT, he has played the roles of QA engagement manager, program QA manager and head of specialized testing CoEs. He works with customers to make QA engagement a success, by helping structure the right engagement model. This helps customers and partners improve quality and efficiency.