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comment Functional testing must be done by external party to avoid bias?
@michael_borgwardt For all I know, that may be true in your location/industry. But I know it's not true everywhere. I'm in the UK. Some companies pay testers less, but others have the same pay ladder for testers and devs of equivalent skill/experience. (Anecdotal: in one team I worked in, the highest paid tester's salary (wasn't me!) = 150% of highest paid dev, with roughly equivalent experience & responsibility. Several times I've discovered I was earning more than devs with same exp - I never told them though!)
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comment Functional testing must be done by external party to avoid bias?
+1 Great answer.
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comment Functional testing must be done by external party to avoid bias?
I'd say that was a bit of a false economy - in my experience, hiring "cheap" for testers can work out pretty expensive. Testing is one of those professions where the very bottom end of the market is absolutely useless - there's a huge gulf between the unskilled commodity "warm bodies" some agencies will send you, and skilled candidates.
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comment 30 minutes to explain programming to a 15 year old
+1 for getting her to try it herself too.
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comment 30 minutes to explain programming to a 15 year old
@FrustratedWithFormsDesigner I went on a "let's persuade school kids it's worth applying to CS" day when I was 15, along with several other bright kids from my school. Command line stuff LOOKED COOL. It looked super powerful to us, and that made it COOOOOL. Don't assume that 15 year old girls don't want to rule the universe :)
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comment Help with Seminar on Software Testing
I'll second Jeff's request to know more about the audience (makes a HUGE difference to what topics you'd consider "primary"), but I'd also like to know why you think they've chosen you to do the seminar. If you're not a trained tester, then either they're expecting you to talk about testing from a dev's perspective, or they have some other expectation that you need to figure out, somehow.
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comment What I need to do to learn Quality Assurance?
@StuperUser, you're basically saying that Cem Kaner is wrong. I think he knows rather a lot more than you do about exploratory testing, testing, and QA. But if you're not interested in that, and it's clear you've not read any of the links, then there really is nothing else that's worth saying.
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comment Is it reasonable for QA department to get higher average salary than that of development department?
I wouldn't call them testers if they were doing the latter, I'd call them unskilled, untrained help.
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comment How does a programmer tell a business analyst that she isn't right?
@luis.espinal It's not just the last sentence - if you really don't mean to give such a strong impression, then I'd suggest rewording the sentence "What she's trying to do is drop the ball on you", because that's the sentence that creates a context that from your comments, you don't intend to create. I can see what you mean by reading your comments, but not if I only read your original answer.
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comment Testing activities carried out in an OO development project
"For the manual user test, if you are using Use Cases you can create test cases for the tester based on those." I'd say this would be something better done by a professional tester - they will come up with far more challenging scenarios, and test design is a skillset that most people do not possess.
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comment How does a programmer tell a business analyst that she isn't right?
@luis.espinal. My point is that you can choose to reinforce those behavioural anti-patterns, or you can choose to work around them - I've always chosen the latter, having a history of working in very large very silo'd corporations, because forging good-out-of-silo relationships has usually been the only way to get things done without losing sanity. You also start out with the assumption that the BA is acting in bad faith "what she's trying to do" - it's possible to CYA and leave room for building a better relationship, but you can't do it if you assume malice from the start.
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comment What techniques should be used to ensure clear communication from the customer?
Added requirements and specifications tags.