How can we optimize the time and effort of a full time QA person (process consultant) in a project..? In majority of the cases, at least 50 % of the auditing work done by QA could be automated.. Then how could the QA work be made cost effective..?

A traffic police controls the traffic in a road. Now we could see traffic signals in majority of the places, which too automated system regulating traffic according to the situation. Is there really a need of a full time traffic police..? Of course people intervention is required when there is some critical issues which cannot be rectified by machines/when machines are down. Other than that, is it not a waste of effort/money to employ a man full time to regulate the traffic? May, be at peak hours, at some busy junctions, can have man also in addition to machines. Or rather, if still a full time person is required, his time should be used more fruitfully, not merely limited to traffic regulations, say like helping high way police, supporting as a travel Guide to whoever required etc , etc .

Similarly, how can we optimize the time and effort of a full time QA person (process consultant) in a project..? In majority of the cases, atleast 50 % of the auditing work done by QA could be automated, and then it is a matter of proper interpretation/analysis of the findings. So wherever possible routine stuffs should be automated and QA person needs to put his/her eyes mostly on taking preventive measures/risk identification. Prevention is always better than detection. Prevention could be triggered through day to day project level activities, data examination, statistical analysis etc. Now, what more action could be taken so that full time QA persons can be cost beneficial to the project/organization? Or what do you think about the presence a full time QA person in a project?

 

What could be role of models/standards in coming days…?

Nowadays many of the big organizations set up their processes and procedures without formal compliance to any models/standards like CMMI or ISO. It doesn’t mean that they are not adhering to any of the standard practices. Definitely without ‘process adherence/quality products’, they cannot be so called ‘big organizations’. In such cases, process may or may not be compliant to those standards, but free from certification loop. In some instances, there are business requirements for the organizations to be certified/complied to specific standards. Otherwise, ‘can an organization sustain without these standards/models implemented..?’ If the number of organizations, who set up their own process, is increasing, thinking forward, what could be role of such models/standards in coming days..?