Startup company VibeCatch was looking for a reliable testing partner, one that would be flexibly available whenever needed. Instead of repeated routines, test planning and execution required creative, problem-solving thinking and the ability to understand the customer’s real needs.
VibeCatch is a startup that develops software for measuring employee satisfaction. The company utilizes a scientifically validated model that analyzes survey results and gives the customer company practical suggestions for improving the company’s bottom line and competitive advantage.
“"Our model works and gives companies measurable benefits. Right now, we are working on getting our data even easier to read. We design our product to meet the requirements of companies of all sizes, with dozens, hundreds and thousands of employees."”— Arttu Ylärakkola, VibeCatch CTO and founder
Even though VibeCatch’s solution is already used by several Finnish publicly listed companies, the startup wants to maintain a compact and agile development team. This means that the company does not employ a dedicated testing professional, for example.
Testimate’s testing expert has been available for VibeCatch whenever needed during the software development process. By design, the software is highly configurable for various customer needs. So, testing the solution is much more demanding than simply clicking buttons on a traditional user interface.
“"We typically ask the testing expert to do his best to break our software. There are no clear-cut test cases for our solution. Instead, the tester must really think outside the box to find any blind spots in the software.”— Arttu Ylärakkola, VibeCatch CTO and founder
On top of a dedicated skillset, a testing professional brings new points of view and thinking to the development team. An experienced testing consultant is not afraid to challenge the client’s initial assumptions.
“A testing consultant really adds value when he uses his own brain instead of a written specification to solve a problem. Testimate’s people are proactive problem solvers who really take care of their job."— Arttu Ylärakkola, VibeCatch CTO and founder
Software testing is an integral part of quality assurance in any development project. However, for startups and growth companies, testing is especially important.
A startup company must prove its worth and reliability from day one. A polished design is not enough: the underlying code must run reliably from the very first demos to initial pilot projects and beyond. Sometimes a nasty code bug can cost a customer deal. It’s up to testing to squash those bugs in time.
“"Testimate’s testing consultants have helped us improve the quality of our product. I’m happy to recommend Testimate for demanding projects that require creative problem solving and thinking outside the box."”— Arttu Ylärakkola, VibeCatch CTO and founder