I am starting up QA for the company i work for. They never had QA before. I am getting all the Test Cases and defect tracking tool in place . I was wondering if there is a easier way for the Developers to ask for QA. Such as how we use a defect tracking tool; like how a dev. is assigned to certain bugs, Can a Dev assign something new that he wants tested to the QA. So then QA can just go into whatever system made and pick it up? Instead of walking over and explaining or email. Please if anyone has any ideas. Thanks alot
To add to what Darrel posted, you are on a wrong track of associating QA in a cozy relationship to support development. A good working relationship, not a cozy one. QA monitors that the code meets a set of predetermined functional requirements (to cut to the core: there is much more to it). So in your example, if a programmer adds functionaltiy, the point is if the code still meets requirements and not if the added code works specifically. You would normally work closely with a PM or for the sponsor, not for the development team. I can only assume you are currently a developer (oriented, at least) and not an experienced QA lead, so you should be careful what you get yourself into.
Looks like some Adhoc thinking is going on to put a QA in place.
What you wanted to do a simple bug tracking tool would do, or even a shared Excel sheet will do.
But i am not sure if that would count even close to putting QA in place. Best thing would be to get some one who knows how to lead QA.
Hey I just wanted to thank you guys for the replies and help. I think i am going to do little more research and get more in fo thru developers to get the correct system going. The reason why i can get QA lead help is because i am the one man team for now. Thanks again and i am sure i will speak to you guys soon.
RP. From your earlier post, getting more info thru developers won't get you to a correct system. I'm with the others regarding kickstarting your QA processes.
What kind of direction are you getting from your management? I mean, other than "Set up a QA process." There must be some kind of vision within the organization regarding what QA is and is not. Find out what that is and act on it.