The Ultimate Quality Challenge

The Ultimate Quality Challenge has become clear to me.
Here’s some of the things that I’ve found it is NOT about:

  • Programming
  • User Experience
  • Standards and Guidelines
  • Agile Workflows
  • User Acceptance Testing

Don’t get me wrong, all the above are critical to Quality Engineering.
However I am increasingly finding that the Ultimate Quality Challenge is one thing – hiring competent and passionate quality engineers.  This is a prerequisite to all of the above quality activities – without actual people, nothing is implemented (even automation!)

Hiring engineers in the quality space is very challenging for a number of reasons:

  • Historically QE was QA and meant manual testing, typically a lower job grade
  • Quality Engineering now means automation with different skill requirements
  • The majority of engineers like to work with application code, not tests only
  • Quality Engineers may suffer from several ‘second class citizen’ issues
  • Compensation may lead the best and brightest to switch to app dev roles
  • Peer respect may lead some to switch to app dev roles as they become skilled
  • Availability of QE Engineers for hiring is extremely limited (2017)
  • Current automation engineering differs from new javascript practices
  • Quality Engineering is often not championed as a cool and useful thing

I want to help change that!
Some of the things I am doing:

  • Active on sqa.stackexchange.com asking and answering questions to promote good quality practices.  I am #1 world-wide in 2017 !
  • Active in Ministry of Testing slack community
  • Presenter on Quality at work, local meetups, national and international conferences
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