What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?
They improved the quality of our product tremendously through their QA. They identified issues that our product team didn’t find. Also, their integration into our scrum process also helped our in-house team complete other tasks so that we could release our version for verification. We’d experienced a few timeline issues, and our version had fallen behind schedule. They integrated easily and didn’t slow down the existing work.
How did A1QA perform from a project management standpoint?
They became part of the team, talking to each developer in person, which allowed them to get the answers they needed and report bugs directly to the developers. It was though they were working locally with us, whether we were communicating through Skype meetings and chats, email, or Jira. They give their employee language lessons. At each step, they knew more and were better updated than I was.
Every week, they issued a progress report and a list of issues. We then solved issues through the following week and tried to find solutions for new challenges, of which we had a few. At the end of each testing run, they provided us with a full report of the validated version, with a quality grading.
What did you find most impressive about them?
They found good team members quickly and they were dedicated to our project. They didn’t treat our engagement as a task to be completed; rather, they helped us and they had a sense of responsibility. For example, we had an issue sending phone samples to Belarus. A1QA ensured the delivery of the phones, which is a complicated task due to regulation. They flew during the weekend to get the phones instead of waiting for deliveries. They also sent a team to Israel earlier in our engagement, before our SOP was signed. They wanted to understand our project so we could start on time, even though the engagement had been delayed by legal.
Are there any areas they could improve?
No, we're completely satisfied.
Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?
Treat them as a partner and be as open as possible. They can solve a lot of the problems that clients face because they’re a mid-sized firm that’s been in the market for several years.