The Key to Institutionalizing Quality
SQA is an essential component of any software
process improvement program and it is often one of the most
difficult ones to implement effectively.
Significant effort is often spent on SQA activities with low
returns, and organizations continue to miss many critical
problems with the software products and processes.
Often team members lack formal training in SQA
principals, methods and techniques in areas such as peer
reviews/inspections and quality metrics.
Executed properly, SQA should be a part of the
process throughout the entire SDLC and not just during test
often find that with all the testing done, they are still not
catching the most critical problems. An effective SQA program
ensures that test plans are adequate and that testing
resources are allocated to find important and risky problems.
An SQA program is intended to objectively verify that
software products and activities adhere to the applicable
standards, procedures and requirements, and ensure that
approved software development procedures are followed &
not abandoned in the panic of a project behind schedule.
SMS can help you implement a suitable structure
for SQA that stresses both process assurance and product
SQA services are based on the simple premise that SQA’s role
is to assure quality, and to support the project’s effort to
produce defect-free software work products (not just code).
SMS' SQA offering is integrated with an overall process
improvement program that aims at optimizing your ROI. SMS
employs highly respected industry standards including SEI
ASQ, and IEEE. With SMS, you are not just getting an SQA
program, but an offering
that is an integral part of your software process improvement
SMS can help you create a
climate in which SQA is looked upon as a valuable component of
the development effort, and not just a police group. We will
help you to establish an environment in which the slogan
“quality is everybody’s business” becomes a reality,
ensuring that the SQA organization matures in parallel with
the software development organization, so that the SQA
gradually evolves from a focus on compliance to a focus on
SMS offers a complete array of SQA
services starting with a review and assessment of strengths
and areas for improvement in your current SQA program.
SMS can also help develop an SQA charter and
organization, define SQA processes, procedures, and
checklists, and develop an SQA training and orientation
program. Finally, if your organization is short on fulltime
SQA practitioners, we can recruit and help you staff your
organization with fulltime consultants from SMS’s wide
network of professionals.
Any proper implantation of new process requires good training.
You can bring your employees up to speed on best-in-class
practices with customized, on-site corporate team training.
SMS offers over 30 courses related to software process
improvement, including classes on CMMI-based SQA, SQA for
Practitioners, inspections, code reviews, and defect casual
training by SMS reinforces your team’s willingness and
ability to follow the new procedures. Our modular format allows you to tailor a training program
that addresses your most pressing software development
challenges and helps bring your team up to higher levels of
software development maturity.