End-to-End Quality Approach: 14 Levels of Testing
In 2015, the Standard & Poor’s Ratings IT team set out an ambitious objective—to tighten the process and controls around the quality of code deployed to production. Based on internal cost of quality assessments, and supporting agile and waterfall internal engineering processes, distinct testing levels were identified to help push quality left and root out the underlying causes of defects as early as possible. The ‘14 Levels of Testing’ were defined to collaboratively span organizational functions, establish quality expectations, and help track towards the goal of eliminating defects. Adrian Thibodeau and Chintan Pandya review their 14 Levels of Testing and focus specifically on sharing the processes and tools employed to help govern the delivery of quality. Adrian and Chintan discuss metrics and dashboards, defect lifecycle management, their home-grown QA Workflow Portal, testing vendor SLAs and contracts, and facilitating UAT best-practices.