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Does your technical hiring practices include testers

Janet Gregory
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On agile teams, we encourage testers to be more technical, but so many hiring practices for testers are based on outdated hiring practices. Do you address that issue at all?


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Janet,
It's nice to see so many authors of agile books back on the ranch this week! The book doesn't address hiring testers. I'm curious people's thoughts on it though. And not just limited to Sean.

I would think a hands on testing example would be good to have. Just like i expect developers to code at an interview, i think testers should come up with test cases/paths/scenarios.


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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Janet,
It's nice to see so many authors of agile books back on the ranch this week! The book doesn't address hiring testers. I'm curious people's thoughts on it though. And not just limited to Sean.

I would think a hands on testing example would be good to have. Just like i expect developers to code at an interview, i think testers should come up with test cases/paths/scenarios.


Hi Janet,

Your colleague, Lisa Crispin, reviewed the book and felt it was quite useful for hiring testers. She even wrote a nice back cover blurb for me :-) The book uses software developers as a lever for discussion but, in my opinion, there is little that is fundamentally different in hiring great developers or hiring great testers. Where I work use the same techniques to hire testers and I'd like to think we do a great job at both.

Testing is a different job, so there are different skills and behaviors we look for, but that has more to do with the job description than the rest of the hiring experience. By the way, we love Agile Testing and it informs what we look for in testers.
 
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