Re: [ljc] Developer In Test?!

From: Alan P.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 4:39 PM
Hi Barry,

This is the first time I have heard of the role being called "Developer in Test" but do know of several companies including Google who have the role "Software Engineer in Test" or variations like "Test Automation Engineer". 

Googles Testing blogs contains some good information on the SET role

Over the last 6 years I have moved back and forth between the roles of "Software Engineer in Test" and "Software Engineer". I haven't found it a problem moving back to SE jobs because 90% of the SET role is coding based and the additional Testing and CI skills were seen as a bonus.

I'm not sure if this role will trend quickly because its a merging of software engineering and some testing skills, and the multi discipline nature of "Agile" projects allows engineers and testers to pair together to achieve the same result as the dedicated role.



On 8 February[masked]:07, Barry Cranford <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi guys,

We've been approached by a client of ours to recruit a 'Developer In Test'. This was a completely new thing to us, we did some research into exactly what the job was and it sounds like quite an interesting position for the right type of person. I found this link which was an account of Gavin Davies, a developer from Box UK explaining the details of what they'd done and what he'd found out from a developers perspective: (Box UK are not our client, this was just a great link that seemed to explain it well).

Gavin writes "A recent project gave Box UK the perfect opportunity to trial the increasingly popular Developer In Test role..."

I thought I'd put it out to the list to find out if many LJC members had explored a dedicated 'Developer In Test' within their team? What pro's/cons have you seen? Is this something that you guys feel may start trending? Would you recommend it? Has anyone made the full time switch from being a developer to a developer in test? Would anyone want to? 

Also if there is a group of people within the LJC that would be interested in learning more or attending an event on the subject let me know? Would it be worth us organising an event specifically? If there is enough support we may be able to get something going. Let me know.

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