Challenges and Solutions

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System Performance

The Advantu team has spent years developing a methodical approach to tracking down and mitigating system performance issues.  This methodology has been successfully applied to a number of systems in industries as disparate as cyber-security, agriculture and software as a service, as well as regulated industries such as medical devices.

By employing our extensive expertise gained through years of development and test experience – Advantu will help drive your project to completion, with dependable reliability and world class user experience.

We are your committed partner in resolving issues such as these:

Issues

  • Unacceptable user experience
  • Unreliable long term ‘up time’
  • Missing or corrupted data
  • Browser interface painfully slow
  • Reports take forever to load and display
  • Search feature / Print requests – take forever or time out
  • Multiple users cause serious degradation, freeze or system crash
  • System Navigation is so slow; you forget what you were doing

Solution – Quantifiable Performance

     System Analysis & Remediation

  • We will identify all the bottlenecks and system design shortcomings
  • Review findings with your team
  • Provide recommendations for remediation
  • Collaboratively determine the best action plan
  • Work with your team to implement corrective steps
  • Fully test the system against updated behavioral expectations
  • Ensure speed, capacity, data integrity and reliability exceed customer demands
  • Improve customer satisfaction with your products

Risk Reduction for Biotech (Medical Device) Systems

Challenges

  • High severity defects escape to production -> recalls / stop ship / FDA audits
    • R&D/QA teams’ inability to identify all high risk areas of the code and system
    • Test plan is incomplete, doesn’t include targeted negative testing
    • Critical coverage gaps caused by inadequate traceability
  • Project delays, slipped dates, inability to accurately forecast timelines
    • Lack of understanding – what “not” to test
    • Critical defects discovered late in project or post release
  • Unexpected system performance issues
    • Nonexistent or incomplete performance test plan
    • Inexperienced load/stress testing team

Solution – Predictable Release Schedules and Increased Confidence with Product Quality

  • Identification of High Risk areas
    • Improve system reliability
    • Reduce test cycle times
    • Cut costly rework
  • Implement repeatable processes
    • Predictable schedules
    • Improve user experience
  • Regulated MedTech Environment Consulting
    • Training: FDA Audit Processes and Approaches
      • Inspection program put in place
      • Successfully complete inspections/audits
    • 30 years MedTech Experience – applied to your team
      • Increase Patient Safety
      • Recall reduction
      • Minimize stop ship occurrences

How does the risk reduction program work?

One – identify all high risk areas within the application, device and system

Two – create ‘what if’ scenarios for all high risk features and functionality

Three – convert all ‘what if’ scenarios into use cases (for R&D/QA teams)

Four – prioritize all scenarios/use cases utilizing probability versus impact process

Five – feed high risk scenarios/use cases directly into R&D and QA Plans

Six – keep entire project team tightly focused on high risk plans and tasks until release

Seven – update process documentation for ongoing team training

Benefits 

  • Significantly reduced Time To Market
  • Measurably improved reliability and scalability
  • Increased profits and revenue via best in class processes
  • Predictable forecast accuracy and delivery dates
  • Increased confidence with new feature/product releases
  • Early risk detection prevents escalating cost and impact on deliverables
  • Improved user experience and customer satisfaction with your products

Test Automation

Issues

  • Attempting to Automate “everything”
    • Just because you have a hammer – doesn’t make everything a nail
  • Test engineer attrition (boring, repetitive work)
  • Using old tools – skill sets not current with new technology/capabilities
  • Not matching the tool to the project (not all tools are alike)
    • Generating too much overhead – reduced ROI
  • Little or no code coverage metrics
    • Do you know where you’re saving time – how much?
    • How much has code coverage increased?
    • How many more cycles are running?
    • What are your tangible benefits?
  • Lack of a Test Automation Plan – need to establish an initial program

Solution – Quantifiable Coverage

  • Create a Test Automation Program
    • Work with cross functional team to determine all automation needs – now and future
      • Regression test beds
      • Infrequently changing features/functionality
      • Support dev team build transitions (unit, smoke, entry/exit, etc)
    • Set measurable goals for your Test Automation Program
    • Get your design of test automation frameworks right
    • Review code being automated – match to appropriate automation tool
    • Select qualified automation engineers and train them
    • Ensure high quality of test data
    • Put together a complete Test Automation Plan
      • Compile list of Test Automation Goals
      • What should/can be automated
      • What not to automate
      • Test design prior to automating
        • Risk ID
        • Scenarios
        • Peer reviews
      • Remove uncertainty from automated tests
        • Avoid attempts to automate unstable functionality
        • Spot check (always passing) automated tests with ad hoc tests to verify results
        • Don’t automate chaos – if the QA process is chaotic, automating only creates faster chaos
      • Maintain scripts in a proper repository
      • Insist on thorough documentation covering all aspects of the program
      • Ensure project needs are met via automation
      • Identify and annotate all aspects of ROI prior to launch
      • Continually measure ongoing ROI – verify it maps to plan
      • Determine & list test automation plan success factors
    • Know when you are done with a project (start/end activities)

Engineering Talent Sourcing

Issues

  • Technical Recruiters are not Engineers
    • They are “wow’d” by resume buzzwords and super confident candidates
    • They map resume buzzwords to job requirements – to match candidates to open positions
    • They are usually in a hurry to fill the role, in order to beat their competitors
      • Leaves minimal time to vet the candidate, and verify qualifications for the role
      • Mostly phone interviews asking typical questions – don’t know if candidate answers are close or lucky
      • It’s almost impossible for a Recruiter to determine a good culture fit – they’ve never worked together
    • Candidates rarely take a written test to prove their resume skills or specialties
  • Mud against the wall
    • Technical staffing companies typically bury the Hiring Manager in resumes until something sticks
  • Major waste of Hiring Manager’s time
    • Interview majority of candidates sent by Recruiter
    • Call references and/or do background checks
    • Have the team interview every candidate – multiple times

Solution – Right Engineer for the Right Role

  • We work in the Industry
    • Advantu is comprised almost entirely of Engineers – so we know a good fit, from a bad one
    • We know how to match the right engineer, to the right role
      • Written tests
      • Oral interviews
      • Best fit work counseling – find out about their Dream Role
      • Match them to the best position and environment
  • 6 Degrees of Separation
    • If we don’t know a candidate directly – within 3 phone calls, we can speak with a colleague who has worked with them
      • We identify workplace behaviors and determine the best culture fit for them – everyone wins
    • We can tell if a candidate is simply desperate for a job, and will temporarily take a reduced pay rate – until a better job comes along
      • We know the kind of work they’ve done, and know how to steer them clear of contracts where the work isn’t commensurate with their experience
      • We keep our Engineers focused by putting them on desirable, challenging projects – this is also how we take care of our Clients
  • We take the Time
    • We invest the proper amount of time with our clients, and their teams whenever possible
    • We want to know how your team works, and what kind of people they prefer to work with
    • It’s important to us, to spend time with our Clients – so we truly understand their culture and work environments – to guarantee a solid fit
  • Our Promise
    • We’ll Save you Time
      • After thoroughly understanding your needs – we do our investigation in order to identify the perfect match
      • We will only send 2-3 resumes to your Hiring Manager for each Role
    • We Make it a Simple Choice
      • We believe your only decision should be personality fit: you and your team will choose the candidate you like the most
      • That’s because every candidate has already been vetted and proven 100% technically qualified – you only need to pick your favorite
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