Andy Peterson – Costco Travel
The need for a mentor in Quality Assurance has two main reasons. The QA realm is a space that is hard to navigate. There are so many more ‘It depends…’ moments compared to some of the other skills we see in the technological world. These situations require a more personal guidance. We see this in answering questions like: what parts of this should we automate?; which tool is better to perform a task?; and of course how confident are you in shipping?
The QA discipline is also a role that individuals are often thrown into. There are very few university programs that feature it outside of certificates. They come from an array of fields. Even the title is not very consistent; Quality Analyst, Tester, SDET. Gaining skills from existing QA (and other disciplines) is a necessity. I want to show you how you can go beyond your manager, lead, teacher, or assigned mentor – to create a successful career in testing.
You will also be able to find out how to use a mentor at all levels, not just looking to someone above you. By creating a 360 degree grouping of individuals, you can use the to grow skills, gain accountability and keep in touch with the lower levels as you develop these relationships. In the process, you create an amazing network. You can even use people as mentors without even having direct contact.