Re: Do you do QA?

Subject: Re: Do you do QA?
From: Tim Altom <taltom -at- IQUEST -dot- NET>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 1996 16:37:00 EST

At 03:13 PM 7/30/96 -0500, you wrote:
>Tim asked:
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>As stated, this is bizarre enough to make me want more information. I've
>never known an organization to abruptly anoint tech writers as QA engineers.
>Is there some other reason that we just don't know yet...are the writers
>expected to document QA procedures, for example?

>-------------------- END OF ORIGINAL MESSAGE --------------------

>Me neither. We would be expected to *write* those QA procedures, not just
>document them. Meaning, design the tests.

>As far as I can tell, the reason for doing this is to include writers in the
>design phase of projects and to get the most out of the current staff, since we
>don't have the budget to hire real QA people.

>-- Karen

Wow. It's as bizarre as I thought. Well, it would probably be a good thing
to have for training/resume purposes, if you can stand to do it. I think a
tech doc'er should take every opportunity for wider horizons. But I wouldn't
expect to do really high-level QA work for quite some time. It's a full-time
profession, just as ours is. But if you're willing to do it for the
experience, then I'd advise that you plunge happily in up to your elbows.

Tim Altom
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