What is Software Quality Engineer Role?

In the software industry, the quality related professional role is called as QA (Quality Assurance) or QE (Quality Engineering) engineer. In general, the “Quality Assurance” and “Quality Engineering” roles carry out the similar effort. The QA is a traditional role originated from industrial manufacturing assembly where the final product quality tested by verifying against a checklist, inspected for any damages and finally put a quality sticker. The similar QA role came to IT Software but associated with Engineering background. So, QE role makes sense for the Software industry, and it stresses more on the importance of applying the Engineering principles rather than simply repeating the quality assurance actions.

The QA role involves the tasks such as understanding of the software product features & domain knowledge, writing test plans, writing test specifications, manual execution of tests and interpreting results. Later, one has to do the development of automated tests, automated execution, and generation of final results summary for release level regression testing. Note that the QA role need average coding skills, but it takes more time and energy than in general as expected by many people. Because, for each product release in the product line, the developed tests should be continuously executed and verified to make sure no regressions at any point in time.

The Quality Engineering skills have to be applied all the time during the product development. The quality has to be measured, assessed and concluded to prove that product is meeting the customer expectations. Without the engineering principles, quality testing might be happening and can discover some bugs but it may not ensure the proper proof to justify the on the quality and might leave some gaps. In summary, apply the core engineering principles such as measuring, making consistency, repeatability, and correctness during the application of testing techniques.

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Author: Jagadesh Babu Munta

Jagadesh Babu Munta is working as a Consulting Member of Technical Staff with Oracle America Inc. He has been with Oracle and Sun Microsystems together for over 16 years (since June 2000) in USA. Jagadesh has overall 20+ years of Software development and quality/testing experience. Jagadesh's experience has been filled recently with Cloud PaaS services, Multi-Tenancy, Security and Penetration testing. In the past, he extensively worked on Java EE servers like SailFin/GlassFish/Sun Java System/iPlanet/Netscape Application Servers. Jagadesh has gained extensive expertise in software automation, designing frameworks, writing tools, scripts, creating tests, writing specs/plans, etc. Jagadesh is interested in developing and testing complex software useful to up-level the humanity. Jagadesh Munta holds M.S. in Software Engineering from San Jose State University, California, USA; B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from J.N.T.U., Hyderabad, India; Special Diploma in Electronics with Specialization in Computer Engineering, G.I.O.E, Secunderabad, India. Jagadesh Munta was born in Nellore, AP., India and lives with family in Fremont, California, USA.

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