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iTQP How We Add Value: Requirements Based Validation
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iTQP How We Add Value: Project Progress Reporting
iTQP How We Add Value: Quality Metrics and Sizing
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Tools
iTQP Tools: Doormat
DOORMAT: A Framework for Requirements Maintenance.
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iTQP Tools: ValidationBench
The key to the power of many of iTQP’s software quality and validation offerings can be directly traced to our overall project delivery philosophy. Read more ...
iTQP Tools: AFTA
The Automated Fault Tree Analysis (AFTA) facility, originally developed to support missile failure analysis for the defense industry, assists project teams in identifying, organizing, managing, analyzing, and validating the root cause(s) of any type of system failure. Read more ...
iTQP Tools: PRAC
The Project Risk Assessment Calculator (PRAC) is a self-assessment tool designed to help project managers, IT leaders, and their business customers understand the various risks their project is facing and to offer suggestions on mitigating those risks. Read more ...
Books
iTQP Books: Technology, Strategy, and Leadership
A set of convergent forces is challenging fundamental assumptions about the role of organizations and how they deliver value to their customers.
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White Papers
iTQP White Papers: Maximizing Strategic Value
Ideas matter, but an organization aligned for execution is what delievers the value.
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iTQP White Papers: Project Management
Project management bridges the gap between strategy and tactics. It’s the difference between having a good idea, and actually being able to execute on that idea.
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iTQP White Papers: Value Driven Performance Ethic
In our experience high-performance organizations tend to share a set of recurring management and leadership characteristics. While each organization may actually choose slightly different tools or implementation approaches, successful companies nevertheless tend to operate in very similar ways. Read more ...
Selected Engagement Summaries
Test Process Analysis and Recommendations
Customer Opportunity/Issue/Problem: Internal IT unit had been consistently under delivering on the quality of their application validation and now found it difficult to deliver validated software at the rate required by their development organization.
Engagement Goal: To recommend changes to the validation organization that would increase their quality and throughput.
Engagement Type: Consulting
Services Employed: Process Quality Assessment and Action Plan
Industry Area: Publishing
Business Area: IT
Technology Area: Not applicable
Engagement Description: The iTQP project team conducted a formal analysis of the validation organization, including their interfaces with related teams, including the development, and deployment areas.
The analysis focused on the following topics:
  • Reports by management, as well as both development and test leaders documenting:
    • Internal QA processes
    • Perceived process weaknesses
    • Tangible consequences of process limitations
    • Governance mechanisms
  • External processes governing interaction with QA
  • Interviews of test leads and test engineers
An action plan was delivered at the end of the engagement. Included among the recommendations were:
  • Redefinition of validation team reporting and responsibility structure
  • Creation of a formal failure and defect assessment team including the associated processes
  • Redefinition of process governing hand-off from development to validation team
  • Creation of a ‘clean room’ build machine, and definition of the processes related to hand-off of new application versions to validation
  • Redefinition of the formal test environment, which emphasized a facility that was dedicated exclusively to validation
  • Reprioritization of functional test automation resources based on more stringent ROI objectives
Key Result: Based on this action plan, the client organization deployed a set of resources and processes that improved the quality of delivered applications and the speed with which the applications are validated. These results were confirmed with fewer failures reported in beta testing, as well as substantially decreased validation cycle times.