Making the decision to have an independent Quality Assessment could be one of the most difficult undertakings an executive will have to do… but likely the most worthwhile.  After all, how can an organization improve its quality unless it knows where it currently stands?  As importantly, how would it be able to measure any future improvements it was able to achieve?


  • Assess Current State. Assess not just current QA processes but also examine Requirements and Development practices as these too are fundamental to creating a quality software product.  Quality practices don’t start at the Testing Phase but they happen throughout the development lifecycle, regardless of whether you’re using an agile, waterfall or iterative methodology.
  • Identify Gaps. The current state will give way to identifiable gaps in best practices that will be defined and prioritized. The prioritization process is focused on what makes the most sense for the client organization and how it conducts business.
  • Suggest Recommendations. Solutions will be recommended that enhance quality, minimize risk and optimize speed of delivery. These may take the form of test coverage optimization, test automation and resource utilization strategies.
  • Assist with Implementation. Provide professional and highly skilled quality assurance resources to assist with the implementation of recommendations. Options to select a blend of on-shore and off-shore resources make this a cost effective value proposition.


A Fortune 500 financial services company hired DecisivEdge to assess its enterprise quality assurance program with an eye towards reducing expense.  DecisivEdge reviewed 16 strategic applications with over 15,000 test cases and completed a test automation pilot to validate automation potential.  DecisivEdge identified a sizeable immediate opportunity to reduce Quality Assurance expense by up to 30% through program optimization.


A retail bank that was the outcome of a divestiture from a large financial services company hired DecisivEdge to independently assess its quality assurance processes, tools and methodologies along with evaluating the feasibility of introducing test automation. DecisivEdge recommended a number of improvements that were contained in a “Roadmap” to evolve into a best-in-class QA Organization.  DecisivEdge also concluded that 45-50% of the bank’s functional test cases could be automated resulting in a significant ROI.