Does your Quality Assurance Department have its own Independent Budget?

Does your Quality Department have its own independent budget?

  • Funding comes out of the general budget, large expenditures must be approved by higher management.

    Votes: 7 58.3%
  • We have a separate budget but large expeditures within that budget must be approved.

    Votes: 3 25.0%
  • We have a separate budget and spending is entirely discretionary by the QA manager or equivalent

    Votes: 2 16.7%

  • Total voters
    12
  • Poll closed .
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Randy

Super Moderator
#2
Re: QA Department Budgets

You're not unique!

From my perspective I'll bet QA is identified as a burden, a non-value added process and so on. Correct?

So what do you want or need to know?
 
J

John Nabors - 2009

#3
Re: QA Department Budgets

Randy-

I want to either have ammunition for when we bring this up with top management or know that this is the norm and I can go crawl back under my rock.

-John
 

Randy

Super Moderator
#4
Then perform those actions necessary to show that QA is not a cost burden but an investment with expectation of return. Focus on preventive as opposed to corrective actions (you still have to identify broke stuff, but try to identify it before it breaks).

When you report on your activities to management try to put information into a format that will be understood, create a desire to get involved and will bring you up to the same level as other activities....$
 
J

John Nabors - 2009

#8
I guess I should be more to the point.

Whenever my department gets swamped (which is often) the response from top management is to throw more people at me. I don't want more warm bodies, I want to provide better tools to the talented people I already have in order to improve our productivity. I can't seem to convince my boss's bosses that down here in the trenches we know what we need and would prefer to have the discretion to take the resources (monetary) being expended on the aforementioned warm bodies and have the discretion to allocate those resources to invest in equipment to improve not only our productivity but also our range of capabilities.

Am I making any sense?
 
E

Ederie - 2007

#10
Instead of all the budget stuff, why not show them in a spread sheet how new equipment can speed up your processes and save money and avoid the mad rush. If they say nada, keep the information handy for the next "emergency".:bonk:
 
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