WHO WE ARE
Founded in 1994 by top thought leaders in the software testing industry, LogiGear has completed software testing and development projects for prominent companies across a broad range of industries and technologies.
LogiGear provides leading-edge software testing technologies and expertise, along with software development services that enable our customers to accelerate business growth while having confidence in the software they deliver.
LogiGear is headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley with the majority of the software testing and software development staff located in Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang Vietnam. We are among the largest employers of software testing and development professionals in Vietnam, and our close partnerships with universities throughout the country allow us to attract and recruit top software engineering talent.
LogiGear continues to grow as companies realize the benefits of outsourcing their software testing and development. We have been listed among the fastest growing privately held companies by Inc. 500|5000 in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
The senior executive team has co-authored several top-selling books on software testing and test automation, including:
- Testing Computer Software, by Cem Kaner, Jalk Falk and Hung Q. Nguyen
- Testing Applications on the Web, by Hung Q. Nguyen, Michael Hackett and Robert Johnston
- Integrated Test Design and Automation, by Hans Buwalda, Dennis Janssen, Iris Pinkster, and Paul Watters
- Global Software Test Automation, by Hung Q. Nguyen, Michael Hackett, and Brent K. Whitlock (foreword by Apple Computers co-founder Steve Wozniak)
Let's Talk About Agile Test Automation
What is Agile Testing Automation? How can automated functional testing fit into agile projects? These are questions we encounter from consumers all the time. Agile methods are relatively new to the software world, and hold great promise and many early success stories. With this in mind we've created this eBook for you, "Agile Test Automation".
Written by Michael Hackett and Hans Buwalda, this eBook includes in-depth ways to improve your automation, and includes some projects we've done for a few of our select clients.
Here are a few things you'll learn
- How to organize your test design and automation architecture
- How to execute a well planned and organized test design
- How to create a strategy regarding base data
- How automated testing timelines work
The importance of developing agile TCoEs and how they can impact a business
Quality assurance is a complex effort for many organizations to uphold, as schedules become shorter than ever while the teams are put under pressure to deploy more deliverables more often. In this type of environment, it’s critical to have capable quality assurance testing tools and associated frameworks to achieve these expectations while also ensuring quality standards are upheld.
Teams have increasingly embraced the testing center of excellence (TCoE) model as the answer to facilitate agile practices and thoroughly vet each piece of code. The problem is, some organizations don’t fully understand the need to create agile TCoEs or what types of benefits they can bring. With that in mind, let’s take a look at just how important an agile TCoEs are and how they can impact a business.
What is a TCoE?
To understand where we’re going, we must first know what we already have. With all of the acronyms floating around the software development space, it would be no surprise if companies were unsure about what exactly a TCoE is. A TCoE is essentially a robust framework made up of processes, technology, people and other strategic assets tied together to create a centralized quality organization.
Industry expert Pradeep Kollana noted on LinkedIn that agile TCoEs bring departments together to promote collaboration and improve testing effectiveness. This one aspect is what sets agile TCoE models apart from traditional ones. Now, professionals are being asked to step outside their conventional roles, requiring a high level of coordination and instilling responsibility across all testers and developers. These individuals will be required to fix code and write test cases as needed, even if it’s not usually part of their job description. Agile TCoEs emphasize this type of ability to quickly complete tasks and bolster testing efforts while making quality the main focus of these initiatives.
The benefits of a TCoE
To businesses, TCoE sounds good, but what competitive advantages does it bring and how will it affect the bottom line in the long term? Some TCoE teams have been able to reach up to 70 percent automated testing, effectively reducing test times by 30 percent or more.
While TCoE groups are able to move quicker, that doesn’t mean that they’re shirking their testing duties. In fact, a TCoE organization’s test maturity level is ranked as “efficient,” and there’s only a 2 percent likelihood of high severity defect leaks. This can significantly help cut back on the need to make big changes within the code, and better conserve resource utilization by about 35 percent over three years. If the faster schedules and reduced costs don’t have you convinced, an agile TCoE can create tighter alignment with business needs, establish a culture of quality and provide new career opportunities. This in turn will lead to higher job satisfaction, better user experience and improved overall reputation.
Building a TCoE
After understanding what an agile TCoE actually entails and what its potential benefits are, organizations must start thinking about how they’re going to apply this framework to their own operations. First, you’ll need to evaluate your current setup. Gallop noted that if QA isn’t aligned with organizational goals, if the QA process isn’t transparent and if identifying testing resources is a challenge, these are just a few of the signs that your business needs a TCoE. Teams must carefully examine these aspects to determine the best way to implement this framework and reap its rewards.
Once an organization realizes they want to establish an agile TCoE, there are a few things that need to be done. First, you’ll want to get executive buy-in to drive the initiative while still ensuring that QA leaders maintain their independence as quality experts, Healthcare IT Leaders contributor Mike Cooper stated. It will also be important to have an agile development process like early defect detection and prevention, automation and continuous improvement. With these forces combined, teams can establish a strong agile TCoE and work to boost quality across all projects.