Software quality assurance (SQA) leads play a critical role in every software-producing company. SQA leads are expected to test and maintain software products before they are released for mass production or to the public. They coordinate a team of QA staff and create a plan to identify, analyze and document defects, functions, errors, and more in software. SQA leads work with their team members brainstorm and write test cases, create and execute automatic test scripts, and review computer logs or reports to identify errors. Depending on the lead, they may also be expected to contribute beyond testing or quality control.
SQA leads are expected to provide feedback that allows developers to improve the software. SQA leads work in companies of all different industries, such as pharmaceutical companies or even banks. They can also work for consulting clients who specialize in customized software. While this position is largely office-based, they can be required to travel from time to time to visit clients or for meetings. SQA leads must also be prepared for longer hours to meet deadlines, particularly when working to meet deadlines.
SQA leads are required to be technically adept because their position generally entails a lot of data processing. SQA lead candidates are extremely detailed minded and analytically oriented. They are not only also required to have excellent problem solving and team work skills, they must have leadership skills as well to efficiently coordinate many different testing personnel. They must also be highly motivated and able to meet deadlines and productivity requirements. Most companies require a bachelor's degree in computer science, business technology or another related field. In addition, companies like to see at least three to five years of previous testing or quality control experience.
Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead Tasks
Maintain and deploy patches, fixes, and new software.
Guide and participate in bug testing, identification, and problem solving.
Lead quality assurance process from test design to final reports.
Communicate test results and ongoing needs to management.