Just recently I joined a company to be in their QA team and to be in charge of process definition, implementation, assessment & improvement. As this is a newly formed QA team, I am asked to give a short introduction (about 20 minutes) about what QA does and what are the key activities for the coming one year (basically to establish an ITIL & Cobit based QMS).
I thought of making the short introduction interesting by telling a short story or starting with an inspiring quote. I did a search on SQA and managed to get some quotes.
Hope to borrow some interesting ideas from you all. Any constructive feedback would be much appreciated. Thank you very much!!!
On of my favorite, funny, quotes is, "Every tester has the heart of a developer.....IN A JAR ON THEIR DESK!"
Another I sometimes use is, "The SDLC is like a PB & J Sandwich. Software Developers provide the peanut butter, which is really good, and tasty, but it's sticky and sometimes makes the sandwich tough to swallow. So Software QA is there to provide the Jam (Jelly), which complements the Peanut Butter, adds some sweetness, and makes the sandwich go down nice and smooth."
^-- It's probably the best analogy I've ever come up with and everyone can relate to it.
Apart from that, stress the importance of SQA. If you have one, I'd give an example of a situation where QA caught some major issue in a release candidate, or something like that, which saved the day.