Search a Dynamic Career in Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance (QA) offers a wide range of career opportunities for talented people. If you are looking for a dynamic career in the field, read on the following article.

What is Quality Assurance?

Quality Assurance (QA) is a systematic approach to compare, measure, and monitor the processes of a company with set standards to ensure quality control. It confirms that an organization offers the quality products and services. It involves testing a sample of products from a large batch of product to match it up with the set standards.

This process not only focuses on controlling the quality of products, but also ensures the overall improvement in the processes. As a result, planning, production, development and design become the important part of Quality Assurance (QA) job. The major purpose of QA department is to ensure (1) Customer Satisfaction, (2) Excellent Operational Results, (3) Alignment of processes, and (4) Motivating employees to follow quality standards and policies.

How to Start a Career in QA?

To begin a career in QA, the process starts from analyzing the requirements of entering the field. A suitable candidate for a QA job will be the person who has a good command over mathematics and a better understanding of the basic concepts of mechanics. Since a QA job involves the professionals to check if the end results are as per the set expectations, important traits required in the job include analytical skills, communication skills and a strong visual skill.

Apart from the required traits, the aspiring candidate should also meet the educational requirements. For starting a career in QA, the minimum educational degree required is a high school diploma. One can also pursue quality assurance certificates or diploma courses to widen the career prospects in the field. As quality assurance has emerged as an important component of every organization, the professionals having certification in QA are much more in demand.

Job Roles and Job Search

Several job titles are available to start a career in quality assurance. Some of them include quality inspectors, QA Technician, QA Specialist, Senior Quality Assurance, QA Engineer, QA Manager, Quality Compliance Officer, QA Supervisor, QA Lab Associate and QA Tester.

To begin your search for a relevant QA job, it is crucial to analyze your interest, qualification and skills for specializing in a particular field. Once you know your area of interest, job search should be done in that direction. Nowadays, social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter play an active role in job hunt. Moreover, the aspiring candidate can upload his resume on several reputed online job portals, which offer quick response from the potential recruiters. These job sites also offer the advantage of customized job search as per your preference for job location, salary expectation, designation and job role. Several job openings are also published on local employment newspapers. Hence, choosing any one of the relevant source of job hunt, one can easily find the desired job in the field of quality assurance.

Role of Quality Assurance Officer

The role of a Quality Assurance Officer is dynamic in nature, which involves a challenging as well as a rewarding career. The job of a QA officer involves managing, implementing and creating the quality of control processes of an organization. The typical job role includes:

Analyzing business needs
Creating new procedures
Ensure high product quality
Analyzing the areas of improvement
Ensuring best methods of production
Monitoring equal distribution of resources
Considering budgetary needs

QA jobs are available in a wide range of fields such as construction, food production facilities, health, and manufacturing. So, if you are looking for a career in a dynamic field, Quality Assurance job is the best possible option!

Modeling the Chief of Staff of the Army Decision Game – Systems Dynamics For Education

I had an opportunity to spend quality time with Mark Prensky, examining the utility of the educational value of games. He made an excellent point that games designed by teachers to be educational are extremely boring when compared with commercially available educational games. It’s as if our children can sense that the teacher’s games are good for them, which eliminates any desire to play them. I strongly recommend you read his book “Don’t bother me mom, I’m learning” available at Amazon.

In a recent force management class examining Planning, Programming, Budgeting, xecution (PPBE) the class and I developed a systems dynamics model for the Chief of Staff of the Army’s decision-making cycle. We wanted to understand collectively the kinds of decisions he made, and the information he required to make those decisions when competing against a thinking, adapting enemy and constrained by a world of uncertainty. Using a whiteboard and based on our preparatory readings, we quickly sketched out the logic model for a Chief of Staff of the Army decision game which you see posted below. This generated a lot of discussion and mutual understanding. It is an example of the kind of interactive practical exercise that a small group can use to create community knowledge and bring to life an interest to dry material. I strongly recommend the technique, when feasible. It develops the visualization skills that our leaders need to see and then describe the next end state in support of JOPP and MDMP.

We met the lessons terminal learning objectives and we learned a few other things along the way, namely:

Games are a lot more fun than lecture.
Systems dynamics models are excellent tools for communicating group understanding.
We created learning that lasted, as evidenced by our ability to reference the process model and later classes.
Systems models when converted into simulations, allow managers and leaders to practice decision-making under conditions of uncertainty.
Student after action review comments rated this lesson as one of the best in the entire series because of its interactivity and effectiveness and communicating important information.

I am currently searching for a programmer who can take the process model as outlined in turn that into a web-based individual game that could be played at home or on the web as preparation for this lesson. The concept will be similar to that of the beer game, which is a systems dynamics model that illustrates the complexity of managing a multi-note supply chain. This is been used effectively at MIT in the Army war College already. If you’re interested in that game, you can Google it up as long as you are prepared to spend two hours of humbling fun.

Contents of Education

An Islamic Perspective towards Philosophy of Education

Introduction

Philosophy is the study of realities, pursuit of wisdom, and commentary on general principles of life. It is concerned with a search of eternal truth, both conceptual as well as practical. It has five areas of search – Epistemology, Metaphysics, Aesthetics, Ethics and History. The instrument used by philosophy to unearth realities or to discover truth is logic, both inductive as well deductive. Educational philosophy is a branch of general philosophy, it gains strength from epistemology. It formulates the aims and objectives or contents of education that, in turn, influence the whole learning environment, society, and future generations.

Philosophy of education is based on general principles of psychology, sociology, politics, economics, history, science, and religion. Education is dualistic phenomenon; it is static as well as dynamic. The major portion is dynamic or provisional and adjusts with the change and growth in knowledge, social structure, and civilization, while the minor but vital portion is static or eternal. We proposed that the contents of education are eternal while the application and explanation of these contents, a major portion, is dynamic. We assumed multi-disciplinary approach towards contents of education. The analysis accommodates the needs of individuals, society, and time and encompasses the cultural, social, and vocational aims of education.

Education may be formal as well as informal. The formal education is given in schools or colleges or universities, on the other hand informal education is obtained and absorbed from society and environment. Education, formal & informal, is developed and internalized in one’s personality through reflection and experience. It means all of us are learners during our lifetime. However, we are going to analyze the philosophy (aims & objectives) of formal education. Moreover, education has three levels – primary, secondary, and higher. Primary education deals with infants of 3 to 11 years old, secondary education covers teenagers of 12 to 18 years, and higher education shapes young learners of above 18 years. A distinctive approach is required for each level of education.

The contents of education vary from community to community. A secular society would have a different approach towards contents as compare to some ideological society. Moreover, the explanation or implementation of contents would be different in different societies. Our analysis is ideological and dominantly based on Islamic view towards education.

Terminology

The term “education” has been derived from the Latin words Educare, Educatum, or Educere. Educatum and educare mean to train and to nourish, while educere mean to lead out. The former implies that education is something external; to be imposed or put in from outside, it means the external environment plays a decisive role in learning process. The latter indicate growth from within; it means internal potentialities of an individual are decisive in learning process, the external environment has secondary role in educational process. Naturalists / Psychologists gave more importance to internal dispositions of learning process while the social philosophers put major stress on external demands of educational process. We assumed a mixed and balanced approach towards role and importance of internal-external environment of learning process.

Definition

Aristotle defined education as process necessary for the creation of a sound mind in a sound body, according to him, the aim & objective of education is to create good and virtuous citizens. Ibne Khaldun, in fourteenth century, expresses the view that education consists off intellectual, social, and moral training through which hidden potentialities are developed, traits of character are built and culture of the people is conveyed to the coming generations. Dewey, in twentieth century, defined education in these words: “Education is a process of living through a continuous reconstruction of experiences. It is development of all those capacities in the individual that will enable him to control his environment and fulfill his possibilities.” We may define education as, Education is the mean whereby adults pass on and inculcates to children their knowledge, thought-pattern, and behavior pattern and develop their genetic potential to manage existing and future challenges.

Educational Web Sites and their Requirements

Education web sites need to be built with a slightly different focus than the general company web site. The below mentioned outline provides some relevant issues which need to be addressed in an educational web site:

Very simple graphics. Since educational web sites are not built to WOW an audience but built mostly to deliver some value to students, the graphics are kept very simple.

Graphics are used in dynamic web sites which carry course material to explain certain points of the learning content. So if you are designing a web site for the student community, it is necessary to keep in mind that you should not have any graphics which do not carry any educational value.

Another reason for keeping simple graphics is that it allows learners to focus on the content on the web site and not get distracted with graphics which are there just to beautify the web site. It is advisable to use icons instead of graphics on educational web sites since they are easy to understand.

Keep the user in mind. The first question you need to ask when designing an education web site is who is it targeted to and what is the first thing they will look for when they come to this web site? Once you have your answer, put the most searchable item on the web site in a prominent location which is obvious to the user.

Users of educational web sites with dynamic content can be in various age groups and most of them may not be avid internet users. This must be kept in mind when designing the layout, the navigation system and planning the web site. Some educational web sites may even be used by 5 year olds and thus it is necessary to get a good user perspective before you design such a web site.

Dynamic modules are a good addition to education web sites. Education web sites can have some good dynamic content which adds value to the user as well as provide a revenue stream to the company.

Some of the dynamic modules which can be added to an educational web site are the Learning Management System, Student Management System and the Assessment Module.

These modules, as their name suggests, deliver learning content to users and evaluate them on their effectiveness by assessing them at the end of the course. Dynamic modules of the web sites can either be developed by the main development team or can also be third party product which is integrated with the main web site. The deciding factor would be the cost and the time in which the solution needs to be delivered.

Industry standards for dynamic modules. The elearning world or the educational web site world is very competitive and thus if you want your elearning web site to have an edge, it is advisable that you follow some of the industry standards for this sector. One of the most common industry standards for elearning industry is SCORM.