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Whatever needs you may have in software
testing and QA, we're here to help!
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:
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
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.
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
- 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.
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
To learn more about my consulting approach, click
To ask other questions, contact me here.
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