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> I think you and Richard missed my point, and as I've been
> saying, I'm not limiting what others can do, but describing
> their position in the architecture process.
I guess this is another instance of "It depends," because their position
seems to be different in your organization than it is in mine.
> I never insulted QAs or stated that they couldn't
> contributed, but did point out that their role in fixing bugs
> is remedial and not architectural. This is a fundamental
> difference in practice between design-level fixes and
> functional fixes.
Here, QA engineers are (like me) included in requirements meetings and
in reviews of the engineers' designs for implementing those
requirements. They don't just test compiled code looking for bugs, they
contribute to the development effort at every stage.
Maybe that's not all that common. <shrug /> But then, neither is having
tech writers contribute at every stage.
Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom
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