There was a post on the XP Yahoo user group not to long ago asking:
What do you call the “CI and automated test guy”?
I recently started a new job in this capacity. The title I was given? Automation Engineer.
Before I left Northrop Grumman a co-worker and ex-boss tried to help me start a new group: Software Development Lifecycle Services. It never happened, yet I liked the idea so much I have been living it at my new job.
Right now it is just me, a team of 1. Some day there might be a need for more than me, and I might be all that is needed. So the developers and testers are my users. The managers are my customers. I have not really verbalized much of this to anyone at work. I am just doing it and trying to do it in a way that demonstrates. After a history of action I can complement with words and realize the dream. One of the ways I am trying to be transparent is with a public task board.
I have found peoples reactions interesting. Acting in your circle of influence really does work.
So back to the thread on the XP Yahoo user group. I explained some of this in a reply an stated that I am still a developer and my product is a software configuration management ecosystem. Elizabeth Keogh replied that made me a software configuration management ecowarrior.
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