poor promotion prospects for testers? (dirty MS laundry)

As a result of my last post, I got this email from a Microsoft tester whom I work with fairly regularly and admire deeply: “Yet how many Partner or Distinguished Engineer ICs in test do you see? How many testers get onto bench programs vs dev/pm? Throughout my career at microsoft I’ve seen the cream…

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keeping testers in test

I did a webinar for UTest.com today and got some great questions. One question seemed to really resonate: how do you keep good testers from moving to development. I hear this question a lot. Many engineers see test as a training ground for development. A testing job is just a foot in the door for…

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software tester wanted

Position requires comparing an insanely complicated, poorly documented product to a nonexistent or woefully incomplete specification. Help from original developers will be minimal and given grudgingly. Product will be used in environments that vary widely with multiple users, multiple platforms, multiple languages and other such impossibilities yet unknown but just as important. Performance, security and…

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no more testers?

I gave a keynote at EuroSTAR on the future of software testing where I began by painting a picture of the promise of software as an indispensible tool that will play a critical role in solving some of humankind’s most vexing problems. Software, I argued, provides the magic necessary to help scientists find solutions for…

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