After 20 years of leading AD teams, I'll be transitioning into leading my companies shared software QA team. This is a very large company (Fortune 50) where IT budgets are determined by LOB. The AD teams own the budgets and allocate funds to shared QA org. Our annual planning cycle starts in July and closes in November for the subsequent year. The problem is multi-faceted:
As part of annual planning the AD teams are not allocating or under allocating $ to support QA
QA leadership needs to beat the bushes for $ to support IT projects (e.g. allocate $ to our resource role)
Constantly battling for money means the only resources supported are the ones specifically budgeted to support testing a new development project - we can't build a center of expertise, invest in tools, take training, improve processes, and ultimately improve quality due to funding contraints.
Are there any best practices in defining a standard allocation model? For example, X% of AD budget funds core QA resources (FTE, Key Consultants - including resources for CoE) and Y% funds project related work. Internally we're calling this a "blended model".
Iam new to this site and found it very useful. I have worked as a software tester for 7 years and would like to return to the testing market again after a gap of 2 years from the industry as my child is young.
I have worked on Agile methodologies and some scripting in ruby (basic knowledge) with Cucumber.
I would like to learn few technologies and an automation tool before I start looking for jobs. Please advice me what scripting langauge and automation tools I should focus on.
Since I have a gap of 2years I would like to gain skills before I start giving interviews.
I work in the healthcare industry and we are looking to bring a tool in-house for automation. Currently our billing application is done in Java Swing and I have found capatibility issues using Selenium against Swing, but not sure about QTP or TestComplete.
Any insight on the better of the two and why would be incredibly helpful. Thank you in advance.