First Line provides a range of testing services to clients from a variety of industries – as part of a complete software development project or as standalone expertise to complement a client’s internal software development capabilities. We work with clients to agree on testing strategies, prepare testing plans, select the most effective testing tools and software, and then execute on testing. Finally, we analyze the product readiness / done status and prepare a detailed report for the development team and client that begins with an Executive Summary, including recommendations, and then provides full details of any outstanding issues.

Since First Line is a one-stop agile shop, many of our Testers are agile testers who participate as members of the development team. They test the software as it is delivered throughout the project rather than after all software development work has been completed – as is done in plan-driven development and testing. However, our Testers have also performed testing on numerous client projects using the plan-driven development and testing approach.

First Line Testing experts bring a range of analytical and technical skills as well as the ability to collaborate effectively. It’s not uncommon for our Testers to also possess expert-level skills associated with Business Analyst and UX roles. Combined, these skills equip them for selecting the appropriate quality criteria, preparing test data, and understanding the project goals, the client’s business/industry and the product requirements.

FLS Testers have accumulated significant experience across a range of testing including: Static, Sanity, Functional, Load, UI and UX, Integration, System, Regression, Smoke, and Mobile. With the increasing number of people accessing apps or systems with their mobile devices, mobile testing is now a critical category of testing that includes screen rotation, UI guidelines, low wifi and other mobile-specific cases.

Is testing software important?

It’s not uncommon for prospects to ask how important Testing is to the overall development process – especially if the product specifications were followed closely by the development team. While the specifications may have been carefully prepared in advance of the project being launched, it’s simply not possible to anticipate every requirement for a complex project or foresee how the software will actually function when it is put into production. If you add system integration to the mix, it becomes even more vital for Testing to be included as a key component of software development projects.

First Line has technically skilled testers and the necessary types of software testing systems for preparing test data to cover specific business scenarios, tracking defects, performing impact analysis, conducting Regression testing, and determining when Test automation is the right choice.

Recent trends in software development have presented a new twist to testing – the introduction of short development phases and frequent releases. This trend is compressing the amount of time that can be spent on overall Testing and requires increased Test Automation. Automating frequently-used scenarios saves time and makes it possible to introduce changes later in the sprint. What’s critical is to know what can and cannot be automated. Since First Line has engaged with a number of customers on projects with these compressed timelines, the Testing team has accumulated expertise in adapting Testing strategies and plans to be effective within these time constraints.

Technology – Software Testing Tools

The following listing are examples of Testing Tools used by First Line Software on client projects:

  • TestLink, Zephyr (JIRA plug-in), MS MTM – for Test Case Management,
  • Jira, TFS, Redmine – for Bug Tracking,
  • Firebug, YSlow – for UI Testing / Script Verification,
  • Load Impact, JMeter – for Load Testing,
  • Selenium, Ranorex, TestComplete, and Coded UI Tests (CUITs) for Microsoft – for Functional Test Automation

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