I work for a financial institution with differetn Line of Businesses. Each business unit has its own QA/Testing group. I am trying to find out some information on centralizing all the QA groups. I found a couple of articles on Stickyminds.com & looking for more atricles, case studies, etc. Does anyone has experience with such an effort (centralization)? Please share any information that you might have or researched.
We are going through an effort to do just the opposite (kinda) here at my company. We have been a separate unit for many years now. Biggest problem is waning business knowledge and not enough specialization for certain end-user apps.
New problems will be test coordination, maintaining a good relationship with the users, NO business knowledge (hehe), etc.
I think both models have trade-offs. Depends on how mature your organization is as far as software development, process, etc.
Quality Assurance Manager
How well are your other oranizations organized? If you have documented QA processes within each organization, you should be able to consolidate these and coordinated with all of the groups. Will all of the groups report to the same person?
Thanks for the replies.
Each group in the organization is trying to achieve CMM level 2 individually. Each group is at a different maturity level & some have more QA processes in place than the other. I am only trying to research the pros & cons of centralizstion. I also want to know if any one of you is aware of any organizational effort in this direction.