Currently at PA Media my job title is “Software Quality Assurence Engineer” AKA QA Engineer and I am part of the “QA Discipline”.
We soon going to be working on a Discipline vision statement, and it got me thinking, is QA even the right name for the discipline? I think no, but am I worrying too much about a word? Spesifically, the word “assurence”.
In Ten Misconceptions About Software Testing - That Non-Testers Share, point 10 is “Testing Is Quality Assurance”. And I agree with this.
So it got me thinking, should I be pushing to change my role, job description and descipline before we come up with a Vision?
I would really like to hear from other Testers who:
- Feel their job title/department is named incorrectly
- Are attached to the QA name, and have good reasons why I shouldn’t be looking to move away from it
- Have ever been part of changing the Test Depart ment name to/from QA, what did it end up as?
I am also interested in the term “Quality Engineering”, but I haven’t been able to find an article that describes it that I really like yet.
If you have any books/articles/blogs that discuss QA Vs Testing or similar topics that you think are worth me reading, I would really appreciate you sending them along!
Also, I want to hear from you if you think I am barking up the wrong tree and that it doesn’t really matter QA Vs Testing, as long as the company is investing in Testers, who cares?