I've just been asked to advise management on organisational
quality issues. There seems general agreement that the test
labour content across most development projects is around 50%
(when people do honest accounting). The central organisational
issue, then, is who does that 50% and how do we manage it?
Management are especially eager to learn good
answers to the following questions:
- What is the best tester to developer ratio?
- Who should QA report to?
- How skilled should "testers" be? And how do you hire them, keep them, and motivate them?
As detailed in the References section below, I've done a first
cut at googling for resources that might help me answer
these questions. If you know of other good resources, please
let us know.
Here's what we currently do:
- We have roughly one tester per ten developers.
- QA is part of and reports to Development. Most development project teams have a QA resource from day one in the project.
- Most of our "testers" have decent programming skills: they ensure requirements and designs are testable, design test strategies, write test plans, write test automation harnesses, and so on.
How do you do it?
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