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Quality Assurance

The quality assurance policy of Creative Format aims at maintaining superior development quality. Being a key to safe development process, QA covers a number of activities, and namely continuous monitoring of all project stages for safe and smooth development and taking respective measures for quality enhancement.

In Creative Format we have elaborated and implemented a powerful QA strategy that fits all development processes, irrespective of depth, scope, and required time and effort. It includes standards, procedures and methods to be performed at all project development stages, and ensures achievement of the anticipated quality level.

Very often Quality Assurance is treated as a notion implying inherently testing procedures. In contrast to our competition, in Creative Format we believe that taking measures to minimize the number of problems arising in frames of the development process is far cheaper and more effective than active fighting against the software bugs. Creative Format applies modern approaches to ensure software high-quality level at all stages of its life-cycle. We feature expertise in development of projects of various scope that include both custom software development and product development. As a result, in every case we can select the correct strategy allowing to reach high quality level, taking into account the peculiar features of the given project. Besides, Creative Format provides the service of testing the software developed by other companies.

In the first place Creative Format is guided by Agile as the most effective modern development approach that combines high development pace, cost efficiency and high quality level. In terms of QA it implies the following:

  • Open dialogue with the customer that provides for the deep insight of respective business goals, as the proper software product shall successfully solve the definite business goals
  • Close interaction between test engineers and developers for the sake of defining what and how shall be tested
  • Support of cycle development in terms of QA, provision of the necessary infrastructure, tools, etc.
  • Involvement of QA specialists into all stages of software solution life-cycle
  • Maximal automationof testing processes
  • Urge towards the quality of the whole team

With the object of testing and ensuring cycle development, we apply Test Driven Development approach on a larger number of our projects. The same approach was applied in realizing all our products: Finance, Project Tracking System, Inventory, Social, eCommerce, Web Platform. Test Driven approach means that first the set of program tests is developed to cover all software key functions, being sort of documentation for the above. And then the immediate functionality is implemented that shall successfully operate on the tests developed earlier. It helps to manage the following issues:

  • avalanche-like bug detection at the final stage, intrinsic to waterfall approaches
  • lost functionality due to simple failure of respective tests
  • expensive repeated testing in view of minor alterations introduced, as most tests are automated and run very quickly

In Creative Format we understand that Agile works well when developing quick solutions with sufficiently high quality level. But development of critical systems, which feature increased severity level or danger to people’s health or life, requires other approaches that in their turn demand more intensive effort aimed at quality assurance. In this case no one will need a security system, medical equipment or, for instance, nuclear power station offering stable operation only 99 days out of 100. When taking part in the project of such type Creative Format offers you the following services:

  • creation of QA dedicated team
  • development of all required testing documentation
  • ensuring operation of all necessary testing processes

For most projects Creative Format applies the inner company infrastructure that includes Bugzilla for bug-tracking, Creative Format Project Tracking System for resources, tasks and working time registration, SVN for source code and testing artifact storage, as well as a number of other testing-related tools.

In case required, our test engineers can use customer’s infrastructure for joint participation with other companies in project development.

Creative Format can render the following QA services:

  • QA as part of software development process
  • Independent testing of the third party software solution
  • Dedicated testing team created to solve customized tasks set by the client
  • Automated testing of the third party application involving such tools as Silktest and QTP
  • Load testing
  • Integration testing

Creative Format QA and testing advantages:

  • Thorough and flexible QA strategy;
  • Full spectrum of QA and testing services;
  • Reliable solutions of high quality;
  • Continuous quality enhancement;
  • Time to market and cost reduction.

I have been working with Serge for 4 and something years now. It all started when I had a crucial project and was looking for a web development company to do it. Serge and his team did it once so well that I never wanted to look for somebody else. You can imagine that I have changed a couple of companies, but anywhere I go I always treat Serge, and as a result Creative Format, as my good partner.

Steve Hood

Imagine you emerge to the IT business not having an idea what is there to do to gain profit…

You start looking for a good team. You find it, and see them working. You realize that their outlook on technical problems is cool: you see people enjoying solving issues. Complexities are okay as long as Creative Format team works at them: no headache, and software users have fun using the applications.

From the instant we submitted the request till the project accomplishment we liked working with your team. Just imagine: you ask a question, and it is answered even before you have returned to your cubicle with your cappuccino! Your people were quick to answer all our questions and flexible to follow the right path. Well-done!

Andrew Marlow

In my previous workplace, a web development enterprise, CEO made their choice in favor of Project Tracking System by Creative Format. It is good, and it allowed me as a project manager to manage all and everything at a time. Now, I am launching a business of my own and fully rely on your PTS to help me with project management, as it has never let me down even with a minor thing.

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