Being the Champion for Quality doesn’t mean being the only one who cares about it, the only one who does anything to improve it or even the one who is best at improving quality (though that might be true). The Champion for Quality is the voice of motivation and direction for the team to create a high quality product. That’s how I picture the role of a QA/Tester.
You’re the Voice
In the words of Aussie Legend John Farnham, “You’re the Voice”:
ASK what people consider as important for quality so that you know what areas you should focus on to deliver this. Is it more important for the product to be fast than accurate? Is it expected to handle a large amount of users? What sort of failures are acceptable and what are unacceptable?
TEACH people that quality matters. In order to achieve the level of quality desired in the target ideas identified above, the whole team needs to be on board. Show people the full story, how a lapse of quality in 1 area eventually leads to a negative customer experience and then a negative experience for the company.
Teach them about cutting corners now leading to more work later on to do it right.
This shows them the importance of their work and makes them feel a bigger part of the company and encourages them to put in the extra effort now, not later.
TRAIN people in how to build a quality product (by your definition of quality) by giving them the tools they need, the test cases, the conditions to experiment with, a peer to review and a clear understanding of what they need to do to ensure they are creating a high quality product.
Be the Champion of Quality in your team, Ask, Teach and Train!