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Hi all, just introducing myself to the forum. I've been reading some of the discussions here and I'm excited that I've happened to stumble into this corner of the web.
A little about me, I've been working for a few years with a manufacturing company in Ireland and I'm hoping to move into QA as soon as possible.
At the moment I am studying for the ISEB foundation qualification which will be my first formal qualification, thats right, no university degree(!!) but I'm an enthusiastic guy and can usually do whatever I turn my hand to.
My previous position started out as manufacturing but I moved into a technician role and day to day work included building and testing customer samples.
It probably seems pretty like a mile away from the QA that you are used to but what triggered my interest in the move was a year long project to instigate an environmental test chamber to our lab. Having always been interested in computers, the software side was of most interest to me and I was involved in the complete life cycle of the project which, including testing of both hardware and software, has been implimented successfully and I'm now part of the team introducing the test-bed to our different plants.
Unfortunately, our company do not have a formal testing procedure and I'm extremely keen to make the move to QA of software so this probably means a move.
If you're still reading after this essay then great, I'm basically here to learn all I can and make the move to a job I know I'm going to enjoy so any advice is definitly appreciated.
Re: Beginner here
"Unfortunately, our company do not have a formal testing procedure" - sadly you are not alone in this
but you have found a great place to start, lurk and learn and read and read and read
and dont forget the blogs, there is some good stuff out there
Re: Beginner here
Companies are not a study in quality, they are commercial enterprises who seek to maxmise profits and minimise costs.... while working as close as possible to the edges of the legal framework we give them (and often beyond).
Often it is only when there is a crisis ( a headline or two) that quality impacts their reputation that they get serious about quality initiatives.