Why Quality Engineering Deserves a Seat at the Leadership Table
Where does quality assurance fit in your organization? Is it embedded in development, risk, or another area, or is it an equal partner with equal decision-making? Quality assurance is often seen as a cost reduction center that is simply a validation unit—and the most often squeezed for time to ensure product delivery. But what if that could change? With the advent of digital transformation and a plethora of intelligent products available in the market, consumers have numerous options, and even the slightest glitch can cause them to shift their brands. Quality, trust, and experience have become of paramount importance for companies to ride this wave. It is QA who is best placed to enable and deliver these objectives—not only across the entire software delivery lifecycle, but throughout our technology as a whole. Allyson Stuart has more than once transformed quality assurance into a quality engineering function on equal footing with other technology leadership teams. She will share the resistance she encountered in taking companies and teams on this journey and how she shifted the mindset, turning blockers into solutions and ultimately helping quality engineering earn its rightful place at the leadership table.