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In my experience, the best developer/testers bring what I call the boredom herusitic to software testing. Inother words, they often automate rote tasks so they can focus on testing and analysis of the software. An example I use often is the "add contact" feature in an instant messaging or email client. To test the feature, I'd need to try long names, ...


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A good test manager has a number of key attributes. I tend to think that the best managers are like good, professional sports coaches. They have played "the game", at the highest levels, they know what is required to be successful and achieve the results you are after. Translated, they should be a great tester themselves and be able to test hands on if ...


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Personally I find that tester who codes in addition to great testing skills is much more effective than the non-technical equivalent. A techical tester can esentially bring more "weapons to bear" on testing problems than you could without those skill sets. Some examples: Need to generate some test data? Write a tool to do it. Need to check security access ...


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I've had success using tester/developers for code review of production code. I've found that developers review code thinking, "Will this work", while testers review code thinking "In what ways could this not work". I've also found that most testers discover new test ideas while reviewing production code. I wrote a paper on the experiences of our team in ...


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A tester can add value to the product and development team by making/influencing key software design choices even before coding starts. Testers with programming background can understand and explore possible software design choices for better code testability and they can determine "if the code is fit for use?" Design choices like "Dependency Injection" and ...


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I envy those organizations! First, I'd think a testing manager would need to have experience working with a testing group - not necessarily as a manager, but certainly with some level of administrative experience. I'd look for familiarity with a range of software development methodologies, particularly how the methodologies impact testers. Willingness ...


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I would look for a leader rather than a manager. A leader who can inspire me and others on my team by sheer weight of his knowledge and work. I agree with whatever has been said by Bruce and probably some of points below might look like rephrased sentences (still I would give it a shot) One who enables the team to realize its potential by providing the ...



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