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QA Career Progression
So I've essentially got a chance to define my own career progression at my company.
I've advanced through the typical manual - automated jr/sr/etc levels and am now sitting in a Quality Assurance Architect role which is the highest non-management QA position. I have little desire to move into management and work on people problems and deal with politics rather than tech problems. So for now we're just defining different levels of Architect for me to advance through. Have opportunities to move laterally into software development or business analyst type positions too. I may move in to management when I'm older and don't want to keep up with the tech anymore but that's still a ways off.
Curious what other folks have done. Essentially trying to solve the age old "What do you want to be when you grow up" question.
There is a lot that can be done even after you become a QA Architect. Although, I am into management, I have seen architects move to ...
1. "Solutions" team to provide testing solutions for new projects / initiatives Or
2. Display entrepreneurship withing your organization by searching for innovating solutions for the QA domain & making it a separate selling point.
This can have far reaching impacts on diverse domains, projects, processes and teams across the organization.