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    Set up a QA Enviorment

    Hi all,
    I am new to QA and have been asked to set up a QA frame work for my project.
    What are the things to be considered to set up a QA Frame work?.


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    Re: Set up a QA Enviorment

    hi chitra

    you haven't specified in your query the exisiting QA setup in your organisation.

    will try to respond to your query assuming that this is the first time your organisation is attempting QA framework. Am giving a generic approach that can be adopted:

    1) the first thing as a QA manager that you need to focus on is Configuration Management (believe me getting this in place will be an uphill task in an environment where people are used to making changes on the fly)

    2) having done that the next step will be to look into the historical data that is available within your organisation. This data is an indicator of a lot of parameters like process productivity, defect metrics, process defect indicators etc. Even if the historical data apparently doesn't exist in your system there are ways of finding that information from the project data, the accounts related information.

    3) the above information will allow you to identify the process bottlenecks and tackle them

    will be able to tell more once I get more inputs


    regds
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    Re: Set up a QA Enviorment

    Hi Aditya,
    thx for ur replies. Currently there is no QA process set up in our project, I am the one supposed to set up everything.
    I am quite confused and wondering where to start from.

    thx
    chithra


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    Re: Set up a QA Enviorment

    By Project do u refer to a specific project or the QA Dept? Is the entire testing team new or just u?

    If ur team is new:
    1. Better start researching on QA processes, it'll be better to go thru the SDLC that ur company has proposed and see where QA fits in.
    2. Decide the types of testing you guys can do, black box, white box, manual, automated, functional, load etc... the list is pretty long. Check the expertise of you team.
    3. Look at the infrastructure, what sort of OS do u need, hardware, software, all depends on the type of project etc.
    4. Make templates of important documents, Tets Case, Test Plans.
    it looks like u have alot of work ahead ..! There are loads of thinsg that I am missing out ... but at the moment this is what i can think of ... probably other people will help out

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    Re: Set up a QA Enviorment

    My comments are :

    access a few QA sites and get info
    get a QA testing book just to get down as many points as possible; test cases, scripts, type of testing ,building environments
    do you need automated software
    how many people are you hiring and at what level
    what are you going to qa
    how much money are you given
    what is your timeframe
    do you have a project plan with milestones and deliverable

    and many more


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    Re: Set up a QA Enviorment

    Thx to all for sharing ur views
    Chithra

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    Re: Set up a QA Enviorment

    Chithra,

    Step 1) purchase "Managing the Testing Process" by Rex Black.
    Step 2) Read it.
    Step 3) Scale back Mr. Black's rules to something that will work for you Test Department of 1 (I assume that's how big it is).

    Alternate approaches include hiring a consultant, or outsourcing after doing thorough research into what quality goals you'll want as an outcome.

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    Re: Set up a QA Enviorment

    Set up QA environment? Different QA defined it differently.

    I would thing if this terms comes to me from my manager, these are the things I would do:

    1) Preparing Test plan
    2) Unit testing or test cases in a deeper level of testing, such as testing Java's classes rather than Application testing
    3) Negotiating resources (dedicated developers, hardware resource, and timeline)
    4) Co-ordinating all test plan meeting.
    5) Procurement - purchasing all necessary equipments
    6) Configurations ( big part )
    7) Executing test cases
    8) Implementation or handling customer's issues, mainly coming from bug fixes from developer and later responsible for Oneoff.


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