From tester to QA-Lead: Guide. Start

All we’re here to save each other’s time for the great. The most important time-saver — is clarity.

You might be a solo tester or just woken up, who had enough freedom to start feeling inner responsibility for your IT-company. In these series I’ll try to share my path to build a self-sustaining system, in case you don’t have much processes established. Start from the beginning — imagine, you are newcomer and know nothing.

The first question might be: ”what should i work on?”

So, greet a new colleague with, we had this list:

  • All stands — dev/qa/prod, how many you have at the moment
  • List of users’ credentials to them
  • link to JIRA project
  • developers repos
  • repos to tests
  • links to the documentation(e.g. Confluence)
  • links on logging (e.g. kibana)
  • links to the jobs, deploying qa-bilds to the qa-stand(e.g. Jenkins)
  • architecture of project -just map
  • link to the qa-builds with related issues

Not project-related

  • link to the qa wiki, to accumulate common problems/misunderstandings
  • list of tools to install(git/Intellij Idea/etc)

Leave them to meet the project alone. It’s important not to explain a lot verbally and ask to find obscurities in current documentation without prior knowledge of systems, so every newcomer will ease the first days of the next ones. Ideally, you don’t have to explain anything.

You, might look at your job as attainable with certain definition of done job. To build a self-sustaining system once and then leave for the next steps.

Isn’t it great to answer on next interview’s question:”why did you leave your last job?” with “I’ve accomplished all my work there”?

Challenge: to write at least 3 articles on Medium related to your job. Next articles will clarify more about processes, consistency, release-management and why the hell you should always be everywhere.

Random greats:

The source of innovation is freedom. All we have — new knowledge, invention — comes from freedom. Discoveries and new knowledge come from freedom. When somebody is responsible only to himself, [has] only himself to satisfy, then you’ll have invention, new thought, now product, new design, new ideas.— W. Edwards Deming