Rick Hower - Software QA and Testing Consulting Services
What kinds of services do you provide?
I provide QA and Testing services with a focus on
- Maximizing defect prevention effectiveness.
- Maximizing defect detection effectiveness, including test automation where appropriate.
- Finding hidden leverage points in software development projects and organizations where small changes, using minimal resources, can produce large positive effects.
- Improving software development productivity
- Making clients successful
These services include:
- Software QA and Testing
- Software Project and Organization Assessments
- QA and Test Training (Basic/Intermediate/Custom)
- Test Architecture and Strategy
- Test Automation and Strategy
- Better/Faster/Cheaper Software QA and Testing via Continuous Improvement processes
Are you part of a large company?
No. I operate as Digital Media Group, Inc. which is a small company that provides contracting and consulting services and owns and operates the Softwareqatest.com web site. Sometimes I partner with other software development and QA consultants to provide services.
What is your background?
Nineteen years experience in senior, lead, and management roles in Software Quality Assurance, Testing, Automation, Process Improvement, and Software Development, in a wide variety of industries for both large and small companies, and for commercial as well as government organizations. Recent projects have included software test planning and strategy, development and implementation of continuous improvement processes, software and QA organization assessments, custom and open source test automation, and automation improvement initiatives. Additional background:
- Provide occasional presentations at software-related conferences and meetings, including the 'Software Test and Performance' and 'STAR East/West' conferences.
- Have been interviewed in 'Contract Professional' and 'Graduating Engineer' magazines.
- 'Certified Software Quality Engineer' certification by the American Society for Quality.
- 'Certified Scrum Master' certification by the Scrum Alliance
- Official Baldrige Quality Award Examiner for the State of Virginia.
- Founder and President of the Northern Virginia Test Automation Interest Group; monthly meetings since January 2009
- Have developed and maintained the Softwareqatest.com web site, a resource for thousands of companies and more than 6 million software professionals and students worldwide since 1996.
Where are you located?
I am located in Reston, Virginia near Washington D.C.
How do I inquire about engaging your services?
Contact me via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include some information about your needs and your organization, along with your contact information. If you are in the Washington DC metro area, an initial no-cost in-person consultation can sometimes be arranged.
Digital Media Group, Inc.
Reston, Virginia, USA
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