The Software Quality Profession Series

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Alejandro Ramirez CSQA, CSTE, Six Sigma Yellow Belt

June 19, 2008

   Clarification: what this is not about Objective: what this is about Justification: what you will get from it June 2008 2 .

jobs with potential Move at the speed of business but don’t miss your train Don’t wait.     Your career is your responsibility Its future starts with a plan Difference between jobs that fit you vs. make it happen June 2008 3 .

where I want to be next?  Follow-up June 2008 4 . How to get started  Are you thinking about it?  Are you already there?    Skills needed Tools needed Self-assessment  Where I am vs.

 Career Paths are based on:       Education Experience Company Competencies Choices Aspirations Experience Competencies demonstrated Skills acquired Results Memberships / affiliations 5  Career Stages are determined by:      June 2008 .

 Professional Certifications are based on:     Body of knowledge Education Experience Your Company  Professional Certifications can help you:  With your Career Path  With your Job  With your Company June 2008 6 .

 QC        Levels  Individual Contributor  Lead  Manager  QA       Tester Developer/Tester Automation Engineer Test Manager Test Director Consultant Quality Analyst Process Engineer Auditor/Inspector Quality Manager Quality Director (CQO) Consultant  Expertise     Junior Senior Expert VP June 2008 7 .

CMQ/OE  ISTQB ▪ CTFL. CSSBB. Certifications  QAI ▪ CSTE. CSQE. CTAL  IIST ▪ CSTP. CQPA. CMST. CQIA. CMSQ  ASQ ▪ CQA. CSSGB. CTM June 2008 8 . CSQA.

 Competencies               Continued…               QC Test Environment Test Management Test Planning Test Execution Defect Tracking & Reporting UAT Offshoring & Outsourcing Automation & Tools Continuous Improvement Measurement Teams Communication Quality Management Quality Models Baselines QA Quality Planning Auditing Data-Driven Analysis Voice of Customer Six Sigma Quality Deployment Process Management Project Management Statistics DFSS Training & Development 9 June 2008 .

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continuing ed. conferences. certificates. Education: degrees. Achievable goals: Write it in “doable” mode. Tips          Self-assessments: books. CBOKs. Consider the Options: Pro-Cons Worksheet Get the facts: salary. bonuses. online. Certification: the right one for you. SIGs. Networking: Chapters. career growth Make it Serious: Job Commitments Don’t forget: Reward yourself! 11 June 2008 . Myers Briggs.

10 years Make it doable Reward yourself June 2008 12 . Conclusion      Remember: It’s your career Introspection: where you are now The future: where you want to be in 1. 5.

CSTE June 2008 .Choosing the Right Certification for your Career Alejandro Ramirez CSQA.

org/ ISTQB: http://www.com/learning/mcp/default.xml  Pro-Con: http://www2.personalitypathways.us/counseling/careercenter/procon.microsoft.wikipedia.com ASQ: http://www.amazon.amazon.com/Effective-Methods-Software-Testing Software Quality Assurance From theory to Implementation http://www.sun.org IIST: http://www.com/What-You-Are-Personality-Type-Revised/dp/0316880655  MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) June 2008 14 .mspx Java: http://www.softwarecertifications.pmi. Certifications         Books and other materials 2nd/dp/047135418X QAI: http://www.html http://en.amazon.bc.asq.org/ Microsoft: http://www.org/certification/ PMI (PMP): http://www.cc.testinginstitute.com/type_inventory.ca.html  Effective Methods for Software Testing http://www.com/training/certification/java/index.com/Software-Quality-Assurance-Theory-Implementation/dp/0201709457  Do What You Are: Discover the perfect career for you through the secrets of http://www.astqb.org/wiki/Myers-Briggs_Type_Indicator personality type http://www.

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