Case Study

Development & Testing. Unified.

A multinational energy management company optimized their quality assurance systems and processes. Data that was once scattered across multiple systems and workflows became unified with the help of Imaginet and Microsoft Test Manager.


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Business Situation:

A multinational energy management company experienced significant challenges with Dev & QA team inefficiencies, mainly due to inconsistent software processes, duplicate systems, and lack of data integration.

Solution Story:

teamwork2Using our Test Manager Quick Start program, Imaginet planned and implemented the Microsoft Test Manager solution, which integrated seamlessly into the existing Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Microsoft Visual Studio environment.

Multiple silos of tools were being used, causing data to be segregated and untraceable between teams. Managing releases became difficult without a clear understanding of the project status and progress, resulting in overall team inefficiencies.

The client’s goals included:
• Improve processes and best practices
• Eliminate multiple development/QA tools
• Improve data linking and traceability
• Integration of test case management into the overall software lifecycle using Microsoft
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• Improve project status tracking with customized reports and dashboards
• Enhanced team collaboration
• Improve overall development/QA productivity and inefficiencies

Using our Test Manager Quick Start program, Imaginet planned and implemented the Microsoft Test Manager solution, which integrated seamlessly into their existing Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Microsoft Visual Studio environment.
Imaginet also developed an enhanced software process to further data integration and traceability.

Project status tracking was improved as a result of Imaginet’s customized reporting solution using Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Excel services.

This integrated software platform replaced a variety of 3rd party and open source tools and streamlined the development/QA process. All of the software tool and process improvements resulted in tighter team collaboration and overall productivity gains in both development and QA.

The deployment was initially conducted in North America with a live product team. This solution will also be deployed globally for all teams to experience.

Imaginet’s Quick Start Program has three distinct phases that are designed to ensure a successful implementation that meets the goals and objectives of the organization.

In the Plan Phase, we established a common understanding of the vision for ALM, the current environment, and the client’s goals and objectives. A customized road map was then provided that addresses the client’s specific business requirements, goals and tailored best practices.

In the Deploy Phase, we implemented an operational Test Manager environment. We then provided the Best Practice Framework, Customized Training, Mentoring and Support to ensure the success of TFS.

In the Review Phase, we discussed future ALM adoption options additional enhancements.

Total Duration: 3 weeks

Value Provided

  • Successful platform setup and test case migration
  • Full integration with TFS’s software process and automated builds
  • Improved process integration and overall tracking
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