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  • siphr
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    Life experience spans beyond the criteria of just pay or the greatness of a developer or a tester. Everybody's situation is different and such is my case. I think my question was fairly objective and self sufficient. I believe it has been answered very well by people mature enough to accommodate that thought.

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  • Lance
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    Originally posted by Zigenare View Post
    I'd gladly pay a good tester more than a good developer.
    That way you’ll know its tulip before you go live

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  • cannon999
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    Originally posted by mudskipper View Post
    I'm a coder. My best paid gig was testing.
    What's a 'coder'?

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  • cannon999
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    Originally posted by Zigenare View Post
    I'd gladly pay a good tester more than a good developer.
    You obviously don't know a whole lot about delivering software.

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  • mudskipper
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    I'm a coder. My best paid gig was testing.

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  • Zigenare
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    I'd gladly pay a good tester more than a good developer.

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  • xoggoth
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    Testers are just running scripts written by someone else.
    Not my experience, we had to devise the tests.

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  • meridian
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    Originally posted by Lance View Post
    In my experience, yes.
    Test managers are a different matter. Testers are just running scripts written by someone else.
    Ah. Here's where our experience differs, and why we have different experiences. Generally speaking, you're right in that that is how testing is done in a huge number of companies, but that's more to do with the perception of testers being unskilled and the promotion of factory testing by the big consultancies (usually offshore).

    Running scripts isn't testing, and the testers I know that get paid as much as or more than devs tend to be test professionals rather than bums on seats - developing their own test tools and frameworks, attending and speaking at conferences and meetups, etc.


    Perhaps I phrased it incorrectly; developers don't always get paid more than testers....

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  • Lance
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    Originally posted by meridian View Post
    Do they? ;-)

    (Even if true, I'm not sure how this would support the statement that a tester is not a very good developer)
    In my experience, yes.
    Test managers are a different matter. Testers are just running scripts written by someone else.

    Why would a good dev take a pay cut to become a tester?

    That all being said... I've met some very poorly paid (and poorly performing) test managers. they are just testers with enough experience to be promoted beyond their level of competence.

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  • meridian
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    Originally posted by Lance View Post
    THIS

    Developers get paid more than testers.
    Do they? ;-)

    (Even if true, I'm not sure how this would support the statement that a tester is not a very good developer)

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