Where others create, you provide the motivation to iterate, because you’re responsible for establishing the process of product production improvement through the consistent (and sometimes insistent) stages of developing, validating and enforcing critical testing practices.
Your job—maintaining the connection between requirements and test cases and preventing mistakes in design, usability, functionality and performance from slipping past your vigilant eye—is vital to product quality. The progress of the teams you collaborate with, and the growth and success of the company you work for, depends on delivering high-caliber products.
Lucky for everyone involved, solving problems makes you happy because you can see the difference you make. You take pride and satisfaction in wielding the shield and sword that stops subpar work cold. You are the Build it Right warrior.
It’s all in a day’s work: Correcting code crimes, testing for transgressions, mending procedural misdemeanors and enduring the time-wasting, pace-breaking frustrations of the slog that delivering new products to market seems
Your frustrations include:
- Dealing with disconnected tools. You might not expect or receive much benefit from any of them, but you still have to work with tools you dislike.
- Not being able to find what you need at the moment you need it. Navigating complex systems that exist in different places is hard enough without having to also account for every related technical requirement and document.
- Getting test runs from one troublesome tool to another. As long as you make the effort to memorize all the legacy stuff you’ll be fine, right?
- Relying on reports that are missing critical data. Perhaps if you commit to memory the numbers that matter most to each manager, you can carve out some free time to make separate spreadsheets for each person.
- Ensuring that product designers, technicians and engineers have the explanations and decisions they need to keep improving products.
Building high-quality products is vital for the health of your growing company. In your role, speed, focus, accuracy and making the customer happy matter.
When things don’t work as they’re supposed to you find a way or a workaround, even if it means having to sacrifice your time in order to save someone else’s.
The process of getting from R&D to production, final release and market distribution doesn’t have to be such a complicated, problematic, time-wasting ordeal.