So I realize I never talked about how much I learned to love being a tester. It goes like this: 99% of the people at the camp were devs. The other 0.5% were architects. I was probably the sole SDET at the camp. And it was completely refreshing to see this outside perspective. Intellectually I guess it was somewhere in the back of my brain, but to really see it in person was a real eye-opener. Now, I realize some places like Google churn out stuff all the time without a dedicated software developer working on Test, but I think most places suffer by not having someone testing. It was both enlightening to hear how other people developed, and also to talk to them about my perspective. I think most of the people I talked to were surprised to hear how we do things in the Communities Team, at least as far as Testing/Development goes.
To me, it makes me feel like what i’m doing is really important. I would say that the general attitude towards testing in the industry is that its a necessary evil, rather than something integral to the process of releasing software. And to be quite honest, I’m not good enough to be a Software developer at this point. I’d love to bone up my technical skills and churn out a game for Live arcade, but I don’t have the architectural and design principals yet. Gimme a year or two, but right now, being a software testing lets me analyze and improve the software i’m testing. It lets me make a difference to the community individuals using it ( which was always my favorite part about working at Lockheed Martin. trust me, if you don’t feel this way and you are working with hardware that people depend their lives upon, you should quit immediately ), and I guess it just feels like a really good fit for me.
I don’t want to sound like being an SDET is a cover of for less than spectacular coding skills, but bringing a project to fruition takes alot of different skills. Idea skills in the beginning, coding skills in the middle, testing skills in the middle, marketing skills the whole time, business skills to make money, and nunchuku skills when the creditors come. What i’m saying is that being as SDET is helping me out on the coding side, and letting me apply my testing skills honed at Lockheed Martin on the testing side…and the nunchuku skills when I don’t get me way. 🙂