Questions tagged [team-management]

Team management is the process of organizing a team of individual contributors. Alternatively, team management is the set of individuals who organize teams of individual contributions. Contrast with the [test-management] tag.

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How do I set specific (%) QA targets on reduction in bugs for the year?

We're starting from a relatively small number of bugs currently, hence my challenge. In other words, bug slippage is currently quite low already, but I have been tasked to make it even lower. If we ...
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Why QA tools aggregate info on "projects" and not "teams"? [closed]

I'm currently evaluating a QA tool for our company's QA Team; I don't have much experience in this area so many things are new for me and probably there are many reasons for what I consider a design ...
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What are the key differences between the roles of Assistant Team Lead and Team Lead in Testing? [closed]

Recently I was interviewed for the role of Assistant team lead and the interviewer asked about the difference between the roles and responsibilities of an Assistant Team Lead and a Team Lead. I am ...
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How to assess QA employee performance? [closed]

I often hear people talking about about Performance Metrics and Key Performance Indicators, but how to define quality engineering productivity exactly? What is it and how to measure? And what are some ...
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What is the Best Way to Manage Test Automation?

At our company we have multiple test automators and they all are using different tools to test their applications (mostly APIs and a web app). The problem I see with this is that: Creates silos, hard ...
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Implementing the Test Pyramid as QA

Recently I have begun building out Unit Testing for my dev team during down time in an attempt to implement the Test Pyramid. My Dev Managers seem rather excited about it and on-board with the idea. ...
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How to explain the concept of test automation to a team that only knows manual testing?

I have been working as a QA in our 9 developer team for about a year. Had lots of 'firsts' within the year between personal and professional life. I replaced a QA who only did manual testing and ...
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What are the effects of rotating of professionals among different projects during software development? [closed]

Currently, I am performing a research focused on the effects of rotation in software development. So, I'm interested in understand how developers, software engineers, testers, that is, all ...
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QA Testing Seminar Presentation - Suggestions please [closed]

QA needs technical knowledge and out-of-box creative thinking to be successful and demonstrations, meetings and presentations are critical to share knowledge and stay current. Can you suggest me some ...
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Will doing only Manual testing affect my QA career in the long run?

I test a web application for my clients. I only do the black-box functional testing. I don't do any automation as there are other testers hired for that. I just log defects in a tool manually. Also I ...
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Should Testers first discuss a bug with the developers before writing a bug report?

In my previous project, whenever the QA team used to find bugs/defects, they used to communicate the problem/issue to the developer sitting next to them, verbally. In this approach, most of the time, ...
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How to differentiate myself from other Testers in the team? [closed]

I am responsible for testing an enterprise web application, what other things of high value can a tester do to stand out of the crowd. Apart from obvious activities like test data creation, test case ...
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Means of Quantification of QA impact

I am currently looking into methods to quantify the effect of QA on a team, be this in terms of overall productivity improvement or net effectiveness. In doing so I am evaluating various methods by ...
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Ownership of test automation

This is one of the challenge am facing with a new project. We are facing a difficult task in deciding and getting everyone on board as to who will handle ownership of test automation. I am aware ...
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Best guidelines to create images for bug reports in big testing team?

Which set of guidelines should be used in a big testing team to reduce differences in created screenshots. Devs and PMs could go crazy from different ways five testers create screenshots and highlight ...
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How to handle Idle team members in Sprint

I am working as a SCRUM MASTER in a TEAM of 10 people (6 DEV, 1 Designer & 3 QA). My organization has just started working in SCRUM methodology and we are having a problem in resource management - ...
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Different testing approaches for different teams?

I'm responsible for introducing QA to two teams in the same company (let's call them A and B). None of them had any systematic QA before. A and B develop two different products use different ...
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How can I evaluate a 3rd party testing service?

The startup I work for is looking into outsourcing our manual testing to an unaffiliated testing lab called Applause (formerly uTest). Right now the Operations team is doing all the manual labor, and ...
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Leadership/Management versus Technical Roles

I feel like I am in a point in my career path where I need to start thinking more long term. Up until now I have been known as the technical guy who can figure out anything. I am the person who gets ...
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Managing work-life Balance in QA

Since becoming QA I have found my work-life balancing dwindling. It seems like there is more and more pressure to achieve perfection with less and less resources. This has led to the following ...
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What skills & technologies should I acquire / learn for performing my role as a Test Lead?

I have 7 years of experience in testing and recently I have assumed the role of test lead. I have to manage a team of 7-8 testers and our work is mostly comprised of Manual Testing. I want to know ...
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How to Organize Tests for Software That's Already Developed?

I've managed tests for a project that I was with since its infancy. I used Microsoft Test Manager to tie tests to requirements and organize them in folders. It went well. However, now I'm being ...
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Repository of Test Scripts

Are there any free tools available to store test scripts, execute and generate reports? For Ex : Test Link ( I am already using but there are lots of issues ) I know that all the free tools has some ...
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What are the deliverables of the QA department?

The company I work for conducts quarterly performance reviews. As a member of our small QA team I've been ask to help define this process. A lot of what I do is identifying issues and collaborating ...
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What test management system should I use?

There must be many questions like this on the site but I have some unique requirements that affect my choice of test management / QA process management system. This is for managing the test cases and ...
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Fostering teamwork in a distributed organization

What techniques have you used successfully to promote teamwork between developers and testers who are geographically dispersed? Here is some context. This morning I talked with someone who works for ...
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Test team names

Has anyone found a name for a software testing team that they think really communicates our role well? Our team is brainstorming ideas right now, and I know this is something my last team struggled ...
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Should a scrum be any different for testers from multiple teams?

I am about to start managing a team of testers within a company. Each tester is on a different team, one tester per team. For example, one tester is on the database team, another on the software ...
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What would be the best roles and assignments for a developer in a QA team?

How can a developer that joins a QA team give the help that has the biggest impact and which are the best assignments for him that would most benefit the team?
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Dedicated or cross projects test team?

We are recruiting test engineers to two existing projects, that up until now had a single test engineer juggling between them. The projects are not expected to grow significantly in the near future, ...
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Testers Performance Indicators / Metrics

What are the key performance indicators which you all are using in your company with respect to testers? As with any metric it can easily be skewed as testers and developers will often play to the ...
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Bug hunts and possible alternatives?

Recently, our QA department has been running bug hunts. Once a sprint all the teams do 10 min demos then they spend the whole day submitting bugs for a feature getting ready for release. They've been ...
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How to get global teams to test smoothly on a different parts of the system?

I would like to seek for your valued opinions. How do you get global teams (such as US, China, Korea, Singapore, Europe and Australia) which work on and are responsible for different parts of the ...
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Good resources for building a QA team

Our corporation has, up until this point, largely lacked a 'quality mentality' of any kind. From no testers, they went to two testers - but 5 or 6 product teams still rely on a mix of developer and ...
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What factors do you consider when putting together a dept training plan?

I'm currently putting together a more formal training syllabus/plan for the testers on our team. Whilst on-the-job coaching has served us pretty well so far (helped by the fact that everyone on the ...
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What are the pros and cons of a testing team having a lead vs having a manager?

Given that a lead (at least in my employer's view) would be a highly technically experienced person who also does administrative duties and a manager would be more experienced with management and less ...
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Who is ultimately responsible for issues that are found after software is released?

In the context of a good practice in context on how to perform a no blame post morten review, with a view to process improvement. If a major issue is found in an application after it has been ...

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