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From Supplier Quality Assurance to Software Quality Assurance

Abbeyaro

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Good Day All
I moved from food Quality Assurance to Supplier Quality Assurance and have excelled well
I intend moving from Supplier Quality Assurance to Software Quality Assurance. I know i stand a great chance of making progress in this new area of Quality Assurance but i want the GURUS in software Quality Assurance on this forum to please guide me on where to start from.
i want to have a well rounded knowlegde of Quality Assurance
 
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Jim Wynne

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Good Day All
I moved from food Quality Assurance to Supplier Quality Assurance and have excelled well
I intend moving from Supplier Quality Assurance to Software Quality Assurance. I know i stand a great chance of making progress in this new area of Quality Assurance but i want the GURUS in software Quality Assurance on this forum to please guide me on where to start from.
i want to have a well rounded knowlegde of Quality Assurance
Do you have the requisite knowledge of software development?
 

Abbeyaro

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Thanks for your response; i don't really have the knowledge of software development but i recently passed the ISO 9001:2000 quality management system exams which is what i intend using in crossing over.
 

Jim Wynne

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Thanks for your response; i don't really have the knowledge of software development but i recently passed the ISO 9001:2000 quality management system exams which is what i intend using in crossing over.
Unless you have at least basic insight into software development and some experience you're not going to be able to find a job in software QA. It's a bit like QA in health care, where most positions require training and experience in a related field, such as nursing.
 
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I have been in Software Quality Assurance for many years (though my current contract is in IT Services Quality Management).

I came into that role through being a software developer, systems analyst, project DBA, project manager, and project quality manager.

I managed my own training through through SQA specialists such as the Australian Software Quality Institute and networked with others through SPINs (Software Process Improvement Networks) and Software Quality Associations, and Software Metrics Associations.

The standards and models that are pertinent to Software Quality are ISO 15504, a standard for system capability models, and the CMMi, a system Capability Maturity Model which pretty much meets the requirements of ISO 15504. These are connected historically with early versions of ISO 9001 and ?AS4563 (That is so long ago that I forget the correct ID).

Even these models need to be instantiated in the particular software development methods that an organisation uses. Of course, you do not have to be an expert in techniques such as UML to be a quality manager, but you do need to be sufficiently aware of the quality implications of the methods employed for software development to add value.

I don't want to scare you off, but just make you aware of the extent of the domain you are thinking of entering.
 
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