I've been told by my line manager that I, as the sole QA tester and automation developer of our agile team, lack the engagement, commitment, and mindset of a quality lead, which I effectively am, by virtue of being the single quality-specific team member on the team.
When given specific examples of what he meant, I have to admit he is correct.
My problem/question therefore is, broadly speaking, not tied to a specific incident, what are an agile team QA's responsibilities, acting as the team's de-facto quality lead?
What, how do I "engage" in quality?
What is expected of me?
What does it mean to lead the quality?
Currently, as in the past, I consider my position to be what the title says: a QA tester and automation implementor, to say: I write down test plans, execute them manually to verify the feature's behavior, and once satisfied with the feature, I automate the tests and put them on the CI/CD pipeline so they are now run repeatedly.
That is not enough, according to my boss.
(I didn't ask outright because I've instead been tasked with thinking about the subject and drawing my own conclusions.
P.S. Drawing said conclusions, and acting upon them is the first step of the PIP I've been placed on.
I truly believe if I prove myself the PIP is NOT an auto-termination, but rather a "flag on the play", but in order to keep my career, I need to first understand what I'm expected).