QualityWorks: Adding Agility to your Software Development Process
Software industry is in the midst of a massive transformation, with Cloud and mobile technologies evolving at a rapid pace. As these technologies gain momentum, there is a strident demand for them to follow proven software development methodologies, as well as meet the required quality standards. Understanding this market dynamics well, Stacy Kirk founded QualityWorks offer software organizations with effective and “out of the box” solutions to their current QA challenges. Leveraging her experience in computer programming and quality assurance, Stacy brought the company into existence to deliver expert testing services in a competitive market price that augment well with a client’s software development budgets. Stacy notes, “QualityWorks, the name itself reflects the company’s in-depth focus on delivering quality driven solutions to our customers.” The company’s journey began with Stacy's consulting engagement with Fandango.com where she developed an agile test architecture that covered test process, documentation, and automated functional and performance testing. The former Director of Quality Assurance at Fandango remarks, “QualityWorks was able to quickly provide us with skilled resources aligned with our immediate needs and budget. Their consultants played a critical role in meeting our project milestones and provided quality service and communication throughout the project release and beyond.” The organization has come a long way since and it serves a long list of clients, which includes NBC Univeral’s Movies.com, Ericsson, nearForm, MovieClips.com, Fourth Wall Studios, and CoreLogic among others.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, the company was incepted in 2009 with the sole motto of providing technical solutions that deliver the highest quality
Stacy Kirk, Founder & CEO
QualityWorks, the name itself reflects the company’s in-depth focus on delivering quality driven solutions to our customers
software in the least cost and time. QualityWorks’ consultants are experts in innovative agile testing solutions for the web, mobile, API/services, performance, automation development, QA architecture, test management development, and Agile QA coaching.
Highlighting the challenges faced by the QA industry, Stacy states, “Often,competent U.S. QA professionals feel pressured to transition out of their field to continue their career growth, which affects the pool of senior technical QA professionals.” The company places a strong emphasis on hiring and developing their consultants. The organization follows a stringent selection process to identify consultants, who not only actively think like a testers and champion for the end user, but have a strong Computer Science foundation. By recruiting some of the industry’s best consultants, QualityWorks provides services internationally with the consultants in the U.S coupled with their competitively priced nearshore team in Jamaica. Stacy adds, “Working in accordance with the clients’ convenient time zone, our consultants provide quantifiable results using our internal tools and methodologies.” The company’s agile test methodologies—which combines standups, Scrum task boards, Kanban, pair test and programming, continuous integration, and weekly demos—has built an unwavering trust among its customers.
Quality Works continues to scale up its nearshore team in Jamaica and Caribbean and expand its services to other verticals such as DevOps and mobile app development. In order to make its QA processes more robust and efficient, the company is investing heavily in its consultants. It is ensured that the consultants stay abreast with the latest technology trends, a move that provides significant competitive advantage to the company among its competitors. At the same time, it also ensures close collaboration among the Software QA community by sharing gathered knowledge by regularly publishing articles, whitepapers and tutorials on the subject. Stacy concluded by saying, “With the given pace and quality of our deliverables, QualityWorks is poised to gain a significant chunk of the market in the years to come.”