(Sorry it's a long question)
I have worked with several companies where QA Team is treated as part of the development team, and the QA team is involved in most of the activities within the development process.
But now I am working at a company where they separate QA's effort and they consider QA not a part of the development team. Since then I have had some debates with Project Coordinator who is running project management and whose idea that QA should be estimated separately.
Details are: Development Team (BE, FE, UI, PO) usually have a meeting to discuss the process and tickets in which QA is not invited. QA is only invited to Sprint Planning for each sprint, but not invited to the overview meeting or process of the project. Sometimes I saw the whole team in a meeting, after that I asked PO why QA was not invited and the PO said the team discussed about tickets and processes which were not really relevant for QA! They were discussing the project and QA was not relevant! I was speechless.
And what drives me crazy is that, in the Planning meeting, only BE and FE are allowed to estimate and track work in JIRA. And after planning, they ask the QA's effort separately and write this effort estimation in a ticket as a comment !!
I have discussed with the Project Coordinator a lot of times, but she said it's complicated to handle if QA also tracks estimation and work's hours in JIRA!. I also gathered the feedback of QA team and discussed with CTO and CTO also agreed that there is something wrong with project management and we should discuss with the Project Coordinator. But when we had a meeting, this Project Coordinator convinced the CTO that what she's doing is right! And then, nothing changed or improved.
So I am losing my interest when the QA Team effort is not appreciated. Can some experts give me some idea or suggestion on this topic, which is right, and which is wrong? Thanks in advance