Success Stories

Helping to ensure the quality of the Project

Read about some of our successful projects

Flying Mollusk

Background:

Flying Mollusk’s flagship game, Nevermind, is one of the first biofeedback-enhanced* (*Win/Mac only) commercially available virtual reality games. As you explore the abstract world within the minds of trauma survivors and solve the cryptic puzzles lurking within, biofeedback technology monitors moment-to-moment indications of anxiety. If you let your feelings of fear get the best of you, the game will become harder. If you’re able to calm yourself in the face of terror, the game will be more forgiving. Nevermind strives to create a haunting gameplay experience that also teaches you how to be more aware of your internal responses to stressful situations.

Services:

The MindSpark team tested the game on Steam using biofeedback devices and the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Issues found by MindSpark were logged in Atlassian JIRA, and focused on both new game content as well as ongoing regression sweeps with each new build. The MindSpark team was very excited to work on this project and are hopeful to work on similar projects in the future.

Outcome:

MindSpark completed the project and Nevermind’s updates went live on Steam. Since then Nevermind has gained positive feedback and a non-biofeedback version is now available on the Xbox One gaming console. (A list of awards are available on http://nevermindgame.com/)


Monterey Bay Aquarium

Background:

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is developing a web-based application to support its world-renowned Seafood Watch program, and they needed a team to help perform software testing on pre-launch enhancements to the software. “The Seafood Watch program assesses the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture operations by compiling relevant science-based information and evaluating that information against our standards.”

Services:

MindSpark had only a week to review the enhancements and complete their testing. They worked very quickly, creating and executing test case scenarios. MindSpark is now on the third iteration of testing, including various extensions and change order requests, to help ensure the best possible experience for their scientists.

Outcome:

MindSpark was able to work under the tight deadline and complete the required software testing, and continues to find defects that the programming team are able to fix. MindSpark is testing the program as the expanded options become available for their Fisheries and Aquaculture sections of the Assessment Tool, and tracking the defects in Jira.


iRise

Background:

iRise, the market leader in enterprise visualization software, needed a team to quickly test a website that tracks adoption of their software products.

Services:

MindSpark conducted a 6 week software testing project, learning the requirements of the website and executing a test plan from start to end.

Outcome:

MindSpark created over 190 test scenarios, covering 90% of the website functionality. They found and logged 30 defects into iRise’s Jira bug tracking system.


Valley Crest

Background:

ValleyCrest, a 1 billion dollar provider of landscape development and maintenance services, wanted to setup a Facebook-style newsfeed on their corporate Intranet site and they needed a team to test some specific enhancements to the software.

Services:

MindSpark spent 2 weeks understanding the features of the news feed, developing and executing over 30 test scenarios.

Outcome:

MindSpark identified several critical defects that the programming team was able to resolve before finishing the news feed. The project was completed on time and within budget.


IRIS

Background:

The IRIS program is a federally funded, multi-year grant that creates material for educators teaching students who will eventually work with people with disabilities. The organization had a 10 year old website that was rich with resource content, but it had usability challenges and needed a design update.

Services:

Square One initiated a project to redesign the IRIS website and integrate it with WordPress. MindSpark conducted all of the functional and visual testing as well as all data conversion of web copy from the old to the new site.

Outcome:

MindSpark has successfully designed and developed multi-layered test cases for the IRIS site and is currently testing the site. The group has also successfully converted over 3800 static web pages from the old site to the new one. The website is scheduled to be completed and launched in early August 2013.