So your team has a Middle QA engineer who wants to develop further. What should you do as a team leader to raise a Senior? Below you will find tips based on the experience of FUNCORP’s Head of QA, Alexey Anisimov. If you are an engineer, give it a read as well: these recommendations will help you figure out how to grow and what to ask for from your team leader.
While progress from junior to middle mainly relies on developing hard skills, the subsequent upward growth is more related to soft skills, although technical development should not lag either.
Growing from a Middle to a Senior is tricky, and motivation alone may not be enough. A mentor will help you along the way; they can be experienced in seniority and QA leaders.
In addition to an experienced mentor, someone who wants to grow must have a drive for improvement, including self-improvement. Such people grow into senior roles in a short time.
Usually, the tasks for midlevel QAs already contain a detailed description of the desired solution: “To test a new service, use this tool and check this and that.” If the QA wants to reach the Senior level, giving them something to think about is better, and they should be the ones to come up with a solution.