Taking the Heat


to take on complete responsibility for the total quality of the software that is delivered, they are accepting responsibilities for people over whom they have little authority or control--a recipe for disaster. This is further complicated by the fact that many testers are given the title of "Quality Assurance"--the implication being that they are responsible for every flaw in the product regardless of how it got there.

Here are some questions for you.

  1. Have you ever taken heat off of developers? Have you resented it? Do you feel like this is part of your job?
  2. Do developers take heat off of you? Or do they let you take the fall for their mistakes?
  3. Do you share your test plans with developers?
  4. Do you feel responsible for the quality of the software you test? Do you have the authority to improve it?

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