5   Fitting Your Beast into the Herd

It’s one thing to have a finely built, cohesive team with the right skills and the right leadership. But how do we fit our perfect beast into the herd that is the entire organization? In this section we’ll discuss several different organizational structures and the pros and cons of each. We’ll also look at how to make these structures work effectively. In addition, we’ll look at how to size the QA department itself and investigate some of the factors that can determine what the “right” size is.

Organizational Structures

There are two common organizational structures in the industry today. In the first, QA reports up through the development hierarchy as shown below:

Figure 7: Development-centric Organization ...

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