Do you remember how:
- Last week, you spent hours chasing down your team members to upload their post-it notes, emails, and phone messages so that you all could provide feedback?
- Last month, John traveled to that conference in San Diego. He was still on the clock (and getting paid), but because he was off-site he couldn’t access any of your server-based software testing tools. You had to wait until he returned.
- Just this morning, you sent your boss the latest tracking report, but because she’s on an earlier version of the software, she couldn’t open it. It’s like receiving a .docx file when you’re still on MS Office ‘97.
Chances are, we’ve never met in person. But if you’re a project manager who continues to use outdated software test management tools, I can make 3 reasonable assumptions:
- You’re all too familiar with some or all of the scenarios described above.
- You look older than you should and feel older than you look.
- Problem solving is no longer the joy it once was – either for you or your team
Fortunately, there exists an entire body of organizational psychology to help mitigate these problems. Plus you get 2 weeks of vacation a year, right?
However, at the end of the day, the best you can really hope for is symptom reduction. As the next deadline looms, all of those breathing exercises and communication seminars take a back seat to reality.
But does it have to be like this?
The short answer is no. But to begin tackling the problems outlined above, you have to truly understand the nature of the problems to begin with.
Don’t get me wrong. At Testuff, we’re totally for team-building. Groups that communicate better perform better. Period. But the bottlenecks outlined above aren’t rooted in psychology. You can’t counsel a person into opening an attachment that his computer simply doesn’t recognize.
Rather, the problems outlined above are primarily technology based.
In the absence of a unified platform, staying on top of deliverables, ensuring compatibility, and guaranteeing access can be a full-time job.
If you’re a project manager, it becomes YOUR full-time job.
It’s no wonder that debugging and tracking account for nearly 80% of software development costs. Unless organizational psychology and modern medicine find a way to reduce this percentage, I’m afraid that the stress, fires, and emergencies won’t be going away any time soon.
Enter SaaS Software Test Management
In previous posts, I’ve documented many of the benefits of Testuff’s software-as-a-service test management (SaaS) suite for the individual. But today, we’re concerned about you – the project manager who must constantly juggle priorities because… well, there’s really no good reason.
You’re simply juggling to juggle.
When you embrace a centralized, secure software testing platform that makes coordination, access, and compatibility a breeze, you can start focusing on things that really matter.
- Because our SaaS software test management platform is cloud-based, it doesn’t matter how scattered your team is. You’re always looking at the same screen and working in the same secure environment.
- Because all updates happen on our end, compatibility issues become moot. You all speak the same language (and can open the same types of files).
- Because of our test life cycle management features, you don’t have to constantly chase down team members and slowly collect individual pieces of the puzzle. Assign tasks, set deadlines, and collaborate from one centralized interface.
Now, I can’t promise you that Testuff’s software management tools will necessarily have your team singing Kumbayah and doing trust falls during coffee breaks. Managing an effective team takes hard work and dedication.
What I can promise, however, is that our advanced SaaS solution can dramatically reduce the time, energy, and money invested in producing world-class software.
And the best part is, you can try it out for free for 30-days, which is considerably longer than your average “stress reducing” vacation.