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Consulting and Mentoring in Software Testing from Rice Consulting

There are times you need objective and informed guidance in your testing and QA efforts. Your needs may be occasional or on an ongoing basis, such as to help you grow into the role of tester or test manager.

Whatever your needs, I can help. Here are a few examples of my consulting services:

General Consulting

Whether you have one question or twenty, I can consult with you either in-person or by phone. I also have the ability to do webcam consulting. All you need is a webcam and PC microphone! For this service, I bill in hourly increments for conference calls and daily rates for in-person visits.

Mentoring and Coaching

You may need an ongoing series of consultations to help you reach your goals. I can coach and lead you in developing your testing and leadership skills. Typically, mentoring is done on a monthly basis in 30 minute sessions by telephone or webcam sessions.

Project Consulting

If you have a large project with a lot of investment on the line, you need to consider the services of an independent consultant for the following reasons:

  • Added accountability - An independent consultant can ask the hard questions to make sure the project is staying true to the test plan.
  • Problem solving skills - An independent consultant can have an objective view of the problem and solutions. Plus, a consultant often has seen similar problems in the past and can bring multiple solution options to the table.
  • Candid communication - People tend to delay bad news out of fear. An independent consultant can tell senior management things that people who work for the company may be afraid to say.
  • Deliverable reviews - It's always a good idea to get outside feedback on requirements, use cases, test plans and other project documents. I have seen many of these types of documents and he can typically find gaps and inconsistencies.
  • Review facilitation - Reviews are very dependent on effective human interaction. If a project team lacks an effective review moderator, reviews will likely not be successful. I can help mentor moderators and start you on the right footing.

Retainer-based Consulting

For a reasonable monthly fee, you can have access to me for a set number of hours each month. Whether it be one hour or ten hours, I can be your accessible testing resource whenever you need advice, answers, reviews or any other testing service. Fees depend on the time commitment desired. The retainer periods are 6 months and 12 months.

I typically do project consulting at a set number of days per month (typically less than five days per month) and focus my efforts at strategic points in the project, such as test planning, test execution, test evaluation, etc. my project consulting approach is a mix of on-site visits, conference calls and off-site document reviews.

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