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Sarah Wells
Technical Director for Operations and Reliability at the Financial Times. Views my own. Software development, board games, cheese, music and sword fighting
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Euro Testing Conf 1h
Join us in Valencia, Spain for 2019 Feb 14-15th. Our amazing keynotes are: Angie Jones (), Ash Coleman (), Sarah Wells () and Sal Freudenberg (). Ticket sales have started; get yours now!
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Sarah Wells Oct 18
Replying to @adgad @simonleggsays
Am I forgiven for persuading you? I’m certain you absolutely nailed it!
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Carmen Polcaro Oct 17
Software is everywhere, so it's software testing and quality assurance. Arjun Gadhia at shows us how they manage quality and performance of the website at the Financial Times...without breaking anything.
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Sarah Wells Oct 18
Really captures the experience of trying to nail a performance issue!
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Sarah Wells Oct 17
I did! And about once a week someone lets me know, which is also lovely!
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Sarah Wells Oct 16
Feels definitely a cultural difference - in the UK ‘engineer’ isn’t protected in that way.
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Sarah Wells Oct 16
I’d be interested to know more on those different expectations! That’s a whole other area though.
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Sarah Wells Oct 16
Replying to @bruntonspall
We have rarely changed people’s job titles in the past for exactly that reason - we normally change the titles in job specs and career paths. So that gradually things change.
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Sarah Wells Oct 16
Replying to @lizthegrey
I feel like what I do is software engineering rather than software development - and hopefully includes that wider view. We have a mix of titles currently. It’s interesting that ‘Principal Developer’ doesn’t seem to be a thing!
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Sarah Wells Oct 16
Replying to @bruntonspall
So I’m actually not looking at differentiating... I’m trying to work out if we can sensibly converge onto one or the other. i.e. we have a mix. Are they genuinely different things?
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Sarah Wells Oct 16
Replying to @mikemoate
That makes sense to me, although interestingly we’re pretty mixed up with titles currently and it does *not* quite line up like that!
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Sarah Wells Oct 16
Replying to @TomWade
I’m genuinely interested because people feel strongly in both directions. I have this vague feeling that as a new developer, ‘engineer’ might have intimidated me (I did a conversion course and felt I wasn’t hardcore enough for quite a while)
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Sarah Wells Oct 16
Replying to @alexstapleton
yes, I agree completely on that. And I hope we show off our culture appropriately in our job ads, among other things.
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Sarah Wells Oct 16
Replying to @TomWade
I'm a back end developer, but not hardware level. I feel like I engineer systems, just as much as I develop. But I have to say my instinctive bias is towards Developer. But I was a Principal Engineer, not Principal Developer...
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Sarah Wells Oct 16
Replying to @teemuvesala @maaretp
I think there may be some cultural differences - someone else up-thread said that 'engineer' is a more protected term outside the UK. I'm UK based. Interestingly, I never hear 'Principal Developer' - seems like everywhere that has that role it's 'Principal Engineer'
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Sarah Wells Oct 16
Replying to @sneakybeaky
Yep - I think the job spec is probably more important in getting across what we expect from the role. In my experience, there's a lot of variance between job titles that look exactly the same
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Sarah Wells Oct 16
Replying to @mpkhosla
Yep - we've definitely starting talking about 'T-shaped engineers', and that includes people with a quality focus as well as developers and those with great sys admin skills.
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Sarah Wells Oct 16
Replying to @sneakybeaky
Interesting - I do think what I do covers a lot more than development. I feel more a Software Engineer than a Software Developer. But I wonder if it could put some people off, because it assumes a wider range of expertise?
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Sarah Wells Oct 16
Replying to @karnauskas
True. Consider Software Engineering vs Software Development then, because Software Engineering is definitely a thing that exists!
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Sarah Wells Oct 16
Replying to @alexstapleton
I think software engineering covers what I do far more than software development. But I worry about 'engineer' feeling like you need more expertise to do it.
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