“No matter how much you do, you never do enough"
Is the above true for your workplace?
Do you feel that your efforts never pay off ?
Can it be helped?
The answer to the third question is a definite YES and goes back to a question of managing expectations from the beginning. If you start out by assuming that Quality Assurance can solve all the problems of the project then you are lost from the beginning. If you start out by assuming that Quality Assurance is a limited role that cannot solve any of the problems then you are equally lost. But somewhere in between with an emphasis on problem solving can go a long way to making a lot of projects a lot more fun. The key point is to plan from the beginning and expect the usual problems to occur. At the, so called, 10, 000 foot level (3000 metres) most projects are very similar. At the one foot level (30 centimetres) there are masses of details that vary between and within projects. As Quality Assurance we need to maintain the larger picture while solving the details.
if you want to influence projects, join Quality Assurance. You will certainly get a chance!