Contractor transition plan
One of my 'new' tasks this week is to transition on-site consultancy from their management, or rather lack of, UAT cycle to my company's onsite QA, BA and development department. Has anyone had any experience doing that? Can you please help? What was your plan? what worked? What didnt? How did you structure the phase out? Any kind of advise you can give would be great.
Re: Contractor transition plan
I've done it from the other side of the deal, as a consultant managing the QA for a company I transitioned it internally to an in-house team.
The first thing to look at would be "what is there of value that you want to transfer"? From your comment it looks like there is not much... But take what you think can be salvaged and make a plan to import the data (tests, runs, bugs?) to your process. If you are using different QA Management Systems then you need to work out the migration plan, if this is only a matter of knowledge transfer then you can put together a review process where you go on a 2 dimensional approach:
1. Product Oriented - dividing your AUT into chunks and making sure you get all the stuff they do for each part individually.
2. Testing Phase Oriented - here you look at the process and check what tests are done based on phases. In this part you usually get all the end-to-end tests/processes that were not covered on the product oriented review.
(you may need more but I usually work on 2 main dimensions).
Make sure you close up front the "legal details" that will make sure they continue working with you until you are done getting all the information. Many times once they realize their time is limited they start looking for their new thing and suddenly they start being less available to help you out...