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All QA cut at layoff, so....?

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Anonymous User at Taro Communitya year ago

My company exec update explained that they cut ALL the Quality Assurance employees, and engineers are just expected to push great code. Is this the trainwreck I think that it is?

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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    a year ago

    Well, it's not a good sign...

    But my assessment would depend on details around how and why this change was made:

    • What was the reason they cited about why quality assurance was disproportionately impacted by the layoffs?
    • How much automated tooling exists? (all levels of the testing pyramid: unit tests, e2e tests, etc)
    • How has the quality of the company's software been historically? What have been the main problem areas?

    The strategy of "hope that engineers push great code" feels foolish, since this is almost impossible to do 😅 So you better have a very mature infra around linters, issue detection, and alerting.

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    Anonymous User [OP]
    Taro Community
    a year ago

    Thanks, Rahul - I appreciate the other criteria, most of which I don't know the answer to!