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    Job Titles/Descriptions

    I've been tasked with creating different levels of Testing Jobs and corresponding Job Descriptions. I'd appreciate if anyone could tell me how their companies classify these positions. Currently we have everyone under the description of Quality Assuarance Specialist. However, not everyone has the same skill sets.

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    Re: Job Titles/Descriptions

    Where I used to work the company title for the testers (and almost everyone else) was "Member Technical Staff". There were different levels of those, A, B, etc.
    On the paperwork for the government they called the testers "Jr Programmer"s (regardless of whether we knew anything about programming), and our manager when submitting business cards for new hires, called us "Software Engineers" (which horribly offended the tester who had a degree in Aerospace Engineering).
    At my current job when I was hired everyone was either Software Tester or Senior Software Tester. But when the test manager changed so did the titles for newly hired people, now they are SQA Engineers.
    If you have different skill sets, you might not want to differentiate unless their jobs are always different, I could easily imagine if a tester was titled as say, an Automation Testing Specialist, the other testers might try to avoid doing automation themselves because they don't have the title (or expect to get the title if they do any scripting at all).

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    Re: Job Titles/Descriptions

    There are many books out there on this and the funny thing is it doesn't matter what you call the job so long as you provide a detailed description of what the job requirements are. But to be slightly helpful - you may have "functional analysts", "business analysts", developers, "documentation specialists", "automation specialists", "manual testers", "team leads", supervisors, managers - all with unique responsibilities. Have fun!

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    Re: Job Titles/Descriptions

    Do you dare to break with tradition and call testers "testers" instead of QA blah (where blah = {Analysts,Engineers,Specialist,etc})?

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    Re: Job Titles/Descriptions

    We currently have Test Execution Technicians, Scripters (who write the automated scripts), Test Case Design Sepcialists, Testing Coordinators, in addition to Business Analysts, and Systems Analysts. There are also more specialized roles like Performance Testing Coordinator and Test Environment Coordinator. But then, I think we have too many roles!

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    Re: Job Titles/Descriptions

    I'd have to agree with jtyson here, on some levels.

    If you're going to define the people in your organization, define them based on their skill set, but additionally on the tasks they complete.

    There will be Quality Assurance roles, and there will be Testers, or Test Analysts, if you prefer.

    The most critical thing is to define what each role or position should be responsible for. Avoid, as Liz said, including "Automation" in a job description or title unless at least 75-80% of that person's job will be automation.

    The organization I've worked in that had the most simple definitions? QA Analyst I, II, and III, and Test Analyst I, II, and III, where the levels indicated the skill level, and the actual job title was the difference between those who exclusively tested, and those who were more slanted toward QA.

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    Re: Job Titles/Descriptions

    At my old job, I was considered a Test Specialist. I liked that title - it pretty much implied a jack of all trades.

    Currently - I am a Software QA Engineer Lead, which basically means that I can be held accountable should something go wrong during our testing. And the Engineer part cracks me up, because I envision "Charlie says - love that good n plenty!"

    As I look at job sites (from time to time ) I noticed that there isn't much creativity to testing titles.

    Its either just plain ol' QA Manager or QA Director - followed by QA Analyst or QA Engineer. Sometimes they'll throw a "Senior" in front if they want experience.




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    Re: Job Titles/Descriptions

    At my current job, a tester is an "Associate Member Technical Staff - Specialist", "Mbr. Tech. Staff B - Specialist", "Mbr. Tech. Staff A - Specialist", "Sr. Mbr. Tech. Staff - Specialist", or "Computer Scientist" (no "- Specialist"). Less formally, we are all described as "Test Engineers". Personally, I'd like to see them adopt a more specific title for us, as the official job description for "speicalists" is a catch-all for any technical person who isn't specifically a programmer/analyst. (FWIW, I'm a Computer Scientist now - sounds really impressive, eh? )

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    Re: Job Titles/Descriptions

    Bah.

    Here at Wells, I'm a Business Systems Consultant. Within the QA Team, I'm a QA Lead. Among friends, I hold the title denoted in my sig.

    A title is a title is a title.

    What you might want to look at is to see how your development team is titled...and then see if there is something you can build off of there.

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    Re: Job Titles/Descriptions

    Wow! This was the first time I have used the forum because I just found it. Thank you all for your responses.

    I agree that titles are not as important as the descriptions/duties and what is expected of the position.

    What I really want to accomplish instead of just the title is to allow people to actually show movement in their careers as far as responsibilities, knowledge and expertise.

    Any additional input you can give me would be welcomed.

 

 
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