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Saj Osh's Experience
Proxcet, Palmyra, NJ
IMS Health, Plymouth Meeting, PA
MBNA, Wilmington, DE
Most publications say the same thing. Use common sense. Use logic to walk through what could happen. And finally, use random chance to find the outliers.
Changes in the industry
Full circle. It was the development team that tested their code in the beginning. Out of pride and accountability, they tested it hard. They formed the QA group. So accountability could be pushed off. Now accountability is returning to the development team.
Plans for the Future
In a few years from now I plan to lead information technology programs larger than what I've led recently which is greater than $30MM.
Degrees that Matter
My dual Engineering Masters degrees are all I've needed to get me to where I'm at. They taught me how to learn new things and apply logic to new situations. As most readers will attest, most things are learned on the job.
The best advice I can think of for someone starting in QA is to have lunch with the development and production teams. Not to interview them during lunch but just to hear the sidebar conversations about issues and problems.
The Journey So Far
My career started with a dose of good luck where within six months after my undergraduate degree, I was offered a position to lead a team of five and manage an IT budget of several million for life critical medical center's 24x7 operations.
A Fine Balance:
Managing work/life balance is certainly critical. It requires one to just set a schedule and stick to it. Don't be afraid to tell co-workers why you're leaving at fixed times or why you can't stay late for meetings. Eventually they will appreciate it and even admire it.
Points of inflection
I've had three major career inflection points. They all began as ruminations and reflections. Listening to those thoughts galvanized my next move. Specifically they were ... high school thoughts on Engineering and Management. Then large projects in my twenties. Then my own business in this space.
Tech trends to watch out for
Trends I'm watching for really revolve around the axiom "ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Better technologies are coming out to improve the developer's role of creating more robust code in the first place. The development studios are doing better error handling.
I look at my current and past executive teams for inspiration because of their ability to remove obstacles from a program's path.
Currently working at
My current job profile is a hybrid of technology, leadership and sales. Sales is important no matter what level one is at. Workers in this area have to sell their ideas and concepts to others in the organization.
Most Important Lessons
Listen. Listen. Listen. These are the three most important lessons learned in my professional career. Calmly listening to someone and then reflecting on it and trying to figure out all the connections that can be made regarding what was heard will lead to better follow up questions or actions.