QC Leads make good SA/BA Managers?
Sometime around 8 years ago I started a new career in QC. In a nutshell, I got a QC job without knowing anything about the field, and this forum was brilliant for me (I've since forgotten my password, so now I have a new username.) I'll always be really, really grateful for this site.
I'm now a Test/Team Lead with a team of 15 (7 in Bangalore, 7 local, and me). Recently a job was posted in the company for the Manager of SA and UI Design. I have applied for the position. The million dollar question is: how can I convince the Director of Software Development, that he should hire a lead from QC rather than from SA? (I think I know who the front-runner candidate is).
Our requirements are OK in a sense that they are formal documents and people put effort into them. But the are pretty fluffy in my view: verbose, not detailed enough. And frankly I think there is a sort of laziness of thought that goes into them. I need to stress that if they were firmed up, all Engineering would benefit - and that I am the guy to do that! [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] I also don't want to pee off the outgoing Manager who will most likely be interviewing me too.
Anyway, this post is already getting pretty long. I could give more background info if needed. Any thoughts on this are infinitely appreciated.
Re: QC Leads make good SA/BA Managers?
Might not meet your requirement of not peeing off the outgoing Manager, but do you keep any metrics showing the point in the project lifecycle that bugs were introduced and where they were discovered? If you can show how many originated from requirements and were then picked up by your QC team, you could focus on how you could bring new skills to the analysis team to improve quality.
If you can't compete on specialist skills because the other candidate has more experience, make it about bringing something new to the team. Maybe this and try to focus on your management and leadership skills, which I guess will be equally important for this job.
However you go about it, good luck!