Acutest’s claim to save our time and money for our customers can be clearly substantiated. Within the Acutest Accelerator, we have a tool that enables us to profile the testing being performed and predict likely savings.

This cost saving analysis tool is based on quantified savings that have been achieved by our customers. Over time, it has been refined such that we can look at the testing approach currently in use, compare it to the optimum approach and identify savings.

By capturing the answers to a series of questions, it is possible to predict savings that can be achieved by implementing the most appropriate techniques for the customer being profiled. It is then possible to decide the priorities for change and by creating a plan using these techniques, we can forecast when the savings will be realised. This is particularly useful during budget planning.

It is our experience that many organisations have two competing goals: to test better (and to deliver better products/services) and to reduce costs. This tool enables customers to re-allocate some of the savings to increase the scope of testing: improving quality without increasing costs.

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Example savings include:

  • Direct test costs down 55 per cent (saving £500k on project costs)
  • Test costs down 40 per cent (saving many millions for a large programme and simultaneously reducing faults found in the live environment by more than a half)
  • Test effort reduced 60 percent (for a global manufacturer in 2010)
  • Test cases reduced by 70 per cent during migration

Typically, half of the time spent testing is not associated with finding real problems at all. Real savings can be made by working with designers and developers to understand the causes of wasted effort and perform more testing earlier in the programme lifecycle

The cost saving tool looks at savings in the following areas:

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