brand: A brand is a product, service, or concept that is publicly distinguished from other products, services, or concepts so that it can be easily communicated and usually marketed. (Source: http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci211703,00.html )
“Are others able to positively distinguish me from other testers?” – I try to answer this question everyday and in whatever I do as a tester. I get different answers for different tasks that I accomplish. It helps.
Try answering this question for yourself.
I started to ask myself the question but it lead to another question. Is testing a brand? In particular are the sub brands well defined? I am a performance engineer but there seems often little differentiations between what a performance engineer does, what a performance tester does and what a load tool scripter does in many people’s mind. Looks like we need a lot of brand management!
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You have started an interesting thread of discussion.
In most circumstances, the three categories you mentioned are hardly differentiated. Another angle to the same is that performance testing/engineering is often treated as synonymous for client-server/web performance testing/engineering. There is very less literature talking on performance as a generic subject. Same is the scenario in recruitments of performance testers/engrs.
I guess this is hidden in the phrase “whatever I do as a tester” :-). A proper branding would be about positioning oneself for what one wants to do as a tester or for what one is capable of doing as a tester. Because there are so many things out there to test in so many different ways, that’s hardly the case.
A good answer to your point is the implementation of CoE’s in some organisations. This model works out wonderfully for testers who want to specialise in a given skill. I have worked in one such org where it was as granular as Oracle Perf Engr, Dot Net Perf Engr, Java Perf Engr, LoadRunner expert, WebLoad expert etc.