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Seriously, I enjoy the informal testing aspect of my job. It gives me many
opportunities to work with the developers and push for better user interface. I
have always found that it has worked to my advantage.
I don't care to do it full time, but the amount that I do helps me get my work
done more quickly. After a few test sessions, the developers don't wait until
the product is finished to call me in for input. I now get to work with
prototyping the user interface.
The hats are somewhat interchangeable here, but there's a common focus:
Delivering a high-quality, user-friendly product.