Quality Team

Make quality an integral part of your software lifecycle.

From release planning to defect tracking, quality should be an integral part of your organizations software lifecycle. Given them the tools and access to real-time data in Essembi to help the quality team make a significant impact on your product.

Quality Team Tools
Release Management
Ticket Testing
Defect Tracking
Automated Testing Coverage

Key features for the quality team.

Release management tools for the quality team in Essembi
Release Management

Build a clear release plan for all teams within your software lifecycle.

Having all of your development tickets in a single system with Essembi allows you easily plan a release timeline and ensure your team is staying on pace to meet your milestones.

Make sure quality gets the time they need to properly complete their testing procedures ahead of any release.

Ticket Testing

Minimize re-work and reduce busy work with effective ticket level testing.

With information from each stakeholder in the development lifecycle included within a ticket in Essembi, the quality team will have a better picture of how and what needs to be tested.

Minimize inter-team confusion and make quality more effective with better information to execute quality tests on a product.

Defect tracking in Essembi
Defect Tracking

Pro-actively track product defects to improve user experience.

By actively tracking defects, resolving them promptly and putting safeguards in place to prevent them from occuring again, the quality team can prevent minor issues from escalating into more significant problems that may affect the user experience or overall system stability.

Addressing defects early in the development process helps avoid costly and time-consuming rework later.

Automated testing coverage reporting to enhance product quality
Automated Testing Coverage

Track your product's automated testing coverage and prioritize future additions.

Automated tests can be easily scaled to cover a broad range of scenarios, increasing the test coverage and reducing the risk of overlooking critical defects that might be missed with manual testing due to time constraints.

Track your product's automated testing coverage to ensure you are prioritizing the development of new tests the help move the needle for your software lifecycle.

  • Sprint Planning

    Review upcoming sprint plans to ensure your quality resources are allocated correctly to meet overall product milestones.

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  • Retrospectives

    After each sprint, review what went well and what needs to be improved. Make changes to your agile workflows as part of your continuous improvement commitment.

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Stay on the cutting edge of trends in software quality and AI.

Industry best practices, product updates and other resources to help you and your team grow.

  • A Sprint to Remember: Big Changes to Sheet Views and Drop Downs

    A Sprint to Remember: Big Changes to Sheet Views and Drop Downs

    A wild sprint that culminated in three key new efficiencies for users - simple customization options on sheet views, new user actions available on sheets and streamlined drop down windows.

    A Sprint to Remember: Big Changes to Sheet Views and Drop Downs

    A wild sprint that culminated in three key new efficiencies for users - simple customization options on sheet views, new user actions available on sheets and streamlined drop down windows.

  • Keep Stacking Those Bricks

    Keep Stacking Those Bricks

    Building great software is the culmination of small daily actions by the whole team. Keep stacking those bricks to build something truly remarkable.

    Keep Stacking Those Bricks

    Building great software is the culmination of small daily actions by the whole team. Keep stacking those bricks to build something truly remarkable.

  • 6 Ways to Get Promoted as a Product Manager

    6 Ways to Get Promoted as a Product Manager

    Table of Contents 1. Tie new features to company strategy. 2. Emphasize team communication. 3. Understand the bottom line of the P&L. 4. Build simple, meaningful metrics. Track improvement over time. 5. Spend time with actual users. 6. Embrace paradigm shifts. Wrap Up Looking to level up as a product manager? Here are 6 simple ways to ensure you get the recognition you deserve and position yourself for that promotion: 1. Tie new features to company strategy. Great product managers link key product roadmap initiatives to company strategy. This means understanding not only the immediate goals of the organization but also its long-term vision. Align each feature or product enhancement with how it contributes to the overarching objectives of the company. Consider the market positioning, target audience, and competitive landscape. By demonstrating a clear connection between your product roadmap and the broader organizational strategy, you gain credibility and support from stakeholders across the company. 2. Emphasize team communication. Every team within an organization believes they should dictate the product roadmap. Successful product managers get buy in from each team AND ensure each team feels like a "winner" when it comes to the product roadmap. The best way to do this is to communicate to other teams in your organization what you are doing and why you are doing it when it comes to the product roadmap. Do this by linking roadmap initiatives directly to company objectives and key results (OKRs). And don't just get buy in from the leader of each team, also get buy in from the "influencers" on teams. An influencer on a team is the individual or group that drives the sentiment of the team overall. As you make progress on your roadmap initiatives, circle back to teams to provide an update and reiterate the benefits it is bringing to the company and their individual team. 3. Understand the bottom line of the P&L. Jeff Bezos used to always tell his team "If you don’t understand the details of your business you are going to fail." One of the details that product managers need to learn is the business profit and loss statement (or the P&L). New features are not free to build or support. Many product managers focus on revenue or ARR ("annual recurring revenue") gains associated with a feature. The great product managers also understand the short- and long-term impact on the costs of building and supporting a new feature. As you build your product roadmap, make sure you understand and communicate the impact of these changes on the bottom line. This will help you earn the respect of the financial team and the trust of other business leaders. 4. Build simple, meaningful metrics. Track improvement over time. Business don't need more metrics today. They need simple metrics that actually track the health of the business. For example, growing businesses should not optimize around inbound support ticket volume. If the business is growing and users are engaged at a healthy rate, the volume should in fact be ticking up a bit. Optimize your business around metrics like customer satisfaction (CSAT), net promoter score (NPS) or net revenue retention as a factor of total revenue. After your establish what metrics are meaningful for your team, begin tracking improvement over time for each of these metrics. Hold your team accountable for incremental gains over time and help them understand how day-to-day action impact these metrics. 5. Spend time with actual users. Too many product managers hide behind decks, Figmas and their support team. Great product managers put down their mouse and get out to the front lines on occasion to better understand the needs of an actual user. Bill Gates always said: "Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." (Think he has been listening to recent feedback from Elon?) Check out how power users and regular users interact with your product and get answers from support. Watch their mouse clicks to learn how to make them more efficient. And interview them to understand what opportunities they see for product improvement or expansion to other teams at their company. Make this a recurring part of your product management organization and communicate your findings to all teams. 6. Embrace paradigm shifts. Product managers need to monitor and embrace paradigm shifts in multiple ways. The recent explosion in the AI market is the perfect example. AI exploded onto the market with OpenAI's ChatGPT being adopted by users at a record pace. Users and businesses were obsessed with the returns early on before a flood of relatively unexciting AI features deflated the experience and data security concerns arose. Product managers needed to be out in front of these two radical shifts - communicating internally an action plan and articulating a response to the customer base. The response does not need to be in the form of new features or releases. It could simply be a blog post explaining the game plan to get all stakeholders on the same page. Wrap Up Mastering these strategies will elevate your effectiveness as a product manager, increasing your chances of promotion and contributing to your organization's success. Dive in, implement these tactics, and watch your influence as a product leader grow.

    6 Ways to Get Promoted as a Product Manager

    Table of Contents 1. Tie new features to company strategy. 2. Emphasize team communication. 3. Understand the bottom line of the P&L. 4. Build simple, meaningful metrics. Track improvement over...

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