If the shoe fits, ...
If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

While the quote above may be correct when referring to shoes (as long as the 'just like it' includes making it for the other foot) , it is certainly not applicable to Quality Assurance.

This came up in a different context a couple of days ago with regard to documentation.  A solution that was provided for one document was ported to all the other documents without any consideration for its applicability.  Often the same philosophy is applied to Quality Assurance; the assumption that if a solution works for one situation, it is applicable to all other situations whether they are somewhat alike (the feet analogy) or completely different.  

Each assessment will return a different answer and nothing other should be assumed. Every situation is not only dependent on the technology being used but also on the surrounding politics.  

NVP's assessments are crafted with that consideration in mind.  Every situation is unique.


What to Do When Too Many Defects Escape to Production
We were called to a situation a few years ago where approx. 50% of the defects were found during testing and the other 50% were found in production.  As you can imagine, the firms' clients were not happy about the buggy release.

Our initial step was to carry out an Assessment.  Two major findings came out of the assessment (along with a lot of minor ones):
  1. QA was checking all the defects coming in from the field before passing them to development.  In all the time they had checked, they had never failed to pass the defect through to development.  Their role as a gatekeeper was not being used to any effect but was taking a lot of time.
  2. While test cases did exist, they were too convoluted and long to be followed or completed except by the original author who had since moved on.  
The initial major recommendations were:
  • Remove the gatekeeper role and save a lot of time.
  • Cut apart the test cases and make them simpler so that they could be finished.
2016 Courses  See the schedule at our Events Calendar

Courses to June 2016
  • Test Leadership
  • Bootcamp for Software Quality
  • Test Planning
  • Foundations of Test Automation
  • Web Application Security Testing
Don't see the Quality Assurance Course you need?  Give us a call and we will schedule one to suit your needs.

2016 QAI LVC Courses - Online - Instructor Lead 
LVC (Live Virtual Courses) available anywhere you have a connection to the Internet!
Session 2 - starts March 29, 2016.
CSTE Exam Preparation Course:  Prepare yourself for the CSTE Exam with this course covering all 10 Skill Sets and providing exam examples. Based on the 2014 STBOK.
CSQA Exam Preparation Course: 1 Prepare yourself for the CSQA Exam with this course covering all 10 Skill Sets and providing exam examples. Based on the CBOK.
CAST Exam Preparation Course: .  Prepare yourself for the CAST Exam with this course covering all 10 Skill Sets and providing exam examples. Based on the 2014 STBOK.
EMST - Essential Methods of Software Testing   Beginner and mid career testers can gain valuable information for better testing.

Visit the Training Schedule or Contact Neil Price-Jones.

Quality Assurance Solutions

The Quality Assurance Assessment is an investigation of the processes that include software development and quality control. The Software Testing assessment provides expert evaluation on all aspects of software testing based on industry best practices


NVP’s assessments provide guidance to improve your processes and the quality of your software.


  1. More efficient IT service saving money.
  2. More effective IT service saving money.
  3. Resolves client dissatisfaction resulting in more business.
  4. Fixes where current processes are not working.

We know what to ask and what to do with the answers.  Contact us to improve your ROI.
NVP Blog
Current Blog Series:

Quality Assurance Assessments 

Previous Blog Series:
Quality Assurance Centre of Excellence

Strategic Partnerships 

NVP Software Solutions partners with organizations that provide complementary services.

Contact us if you have a complementary service that would help both your clients and ours.
NVP Upcoming Presentations

Stay tuned.  We are planning the year.
 March 2016 - Events, Meetings & Conferences    
Can't remember when the next meeting is.  Bookmark our Events Page and we will keep you up to date. 
KWSQA Monthly Meeting - next meeting is March 30, 2016

TASSQ Monthly Meeting - next meeting is March 29, 2016

London Tech Alliance  Peer-To-Peer
- TBD .   Contact us for further information.
2016 Conferences  
QAI QUEST - April 2016
KWSQA Software Quality Conference - September 2016
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