First Class services

SQC partner with developers of complex software systems and the end users who have critical dependencies on their use. Our contributions are strategic advice, innovative approaches, delivery leadership and first class assurance services. The results are dependable deliveries of dependable systems meeting real business need. SQC’s key differentiators are our people, adaptability, discipline, methods, technical competency and ‘do it right whatever it takes’ ethos. We seek out challenges and love to create smarter solutions to old problems.

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Integration and the problems it, still, causes

IT projects experience major problems because of delays integrating the components into a working solution. This is a recurring theme, one that leads to vast schedule and cost overruns and complete project failures. These problems are an inevitable consequence of the way projects are approached. In particular they are inevitable consequence of the lack of disciplined approach to achieving early integration, the lack of a discipline of Integration itself. Changes to the way programmes tackle these issues are needed to address this. There is a need to establish and apply a discipline of Integration if continual failure is to be avoided.

Requirements, out of fashion but still so very important

Requirements Engineering is out of favour in the IT delivery world. Agile practices are king and these place limited emphasis on explicit requirements practices. However the current situation fails to recognise the importance of this domain. Furthermore there is a failure to recognise that where Agile is successful it is actually doing highly effective requirements engineering work without explicitly calling for it and that where Agile struggles one of the main factors can be that the requirements challenge is beyond the size that pure Agile can deal with. Read about the Fundamental Principles of Effective Requirements Engineering that stand whatever your delivery method...

What do you need to operate an effective test capability?

If your organisation wants an effective test capability, then it has to recognise that this is a "department" in its own right. It has more to do than just write and run tests. It requires a broad managerial and operational skill set. Putting a bunch of testers in room, virtual or physical, and focussing on testing will not give you what you want. Take a look here for a list of the key factors that must be addressed to create and operate a first class test capability...