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What Why How – Strategic Test Management

What Why How – Strategic Test Management
Ryan Tolmay
Strategic Consultant, Inspired Testing
What is Strategic Test Management?

Testing can be a daunting task for many organisations, and yet it’s an essential function that ensures the quality of software, applications and systems meet both customer and user expectations. It’s for this reason that testing should form part and parcel of a broader business strategy, and that both this testing and business strategy is managed holistically. Strategic Test Management is a comprehensive service designed to align testing with business strategy and ensure both are carried out as efficiently and effectively as possible as part of QA for the overall Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC).


Why is Strategic Test Management required?

Delivering on a brand promise to a set budget is becoming exceedingly difficult in these challenging economic times, especially in the shadow of the Covid pandemic. This often leads to rushed development and implementation and a spate of underdelivered, overpromised projects. Strategic Test Management threads together business strategy and Quality Assurance, engaging development teams to align with the client experience while supporting internal testing processes for maximum return on investment.


How is Strategic Test Management delivered?

Strategic Test Management should form part of an end-to-end Software Quality Assurance service to ensure the software created by developers is fit for purpose. It should focus on the analysis and design of workflows and business processes within an organisation, with the sole purpose of gathering and analysing information to formulate a strategy for implementing and evaluating the current software and architecture. In doing so, any issues in the software development and testing process can be flagged as part of the broader QA strategy.


What are the benefits of outsourcing Strategic Test Management?

Because Strategic Test Management sits outside most software houses’ capability but remains a business-critical function nonetheless, it typically justifies outsourcing to a specialised partner. Unless an organisation is large enough and can afford a sizeable team to keep on top of global QA tools and trends, a committed partner is essential to align software testing with their existing business processes and strategies.


Outsourcing Strategic Test Management adds value instead of an unimplemented checklist, ensuring that every cent of QA spend is appropriately actioned and the maximum return on investment realised.


Ryan Tolmay
About Ryan

Ryan Tolmay is passionate about both business and people. Personal growth is a key motivator in actionable learnings about people, business and technology. With over 15 years of experience in business and technology domains in the banking and telco sectors, he understands the working environment well, allowing him to bridge the gap between different domains and to facilitate as an intermediary. He is passionate about strategic value that elevates people and businesses to unlock their full potential, enabling them to be one step ahead. He believes people are the pillars of any company you work for and when you invest in individuals, they invest in the company.