Many times we as testers feel that we are harming our friends whenever we report to management that the project is delayed or that a group of programmers are reporting large quantities of bugs. These feelings don’t only harm our professionalism as testers, they also harm the overall performance of the whole team. This post analyses this issue and provides some ideas on how to approach the issue in a better and more productive way for the whole team.
If you want your testers and your team to be GREAT you need to be ready to schedule tasks to “Waste Time” experimenting and looking at technologies and methodologies as part of their regular work. It is very easy to say that you don’t have time or that your schedule is too tight for this, but in the end these are the things that will make your team exceed in their work.
My 4th interview in the “Five Testing Questions” series is with Scott Barber, one of the most pragmatic and value-oriented testing professionals I know. I really recommend everyone reads and shares this interview as it provides some very concrete and down-to-earth views on the objective, positioning and the overall value of testing in today’s world.
In my family we have a tradition, every Spring we systematically go over all the house cleaning, organizing and mostly getting rid of all the things that we don’t need anymore.n When was the last time you did something similar to your test cases and the rest of your testware?
In my third post of “Five Testing Questions with” I have the honor of interviewing Lisa Crispin, co-author of “Agile Testing”, agile testing coach and practitioner. I think Lisa’s answers provide very concrete advice and insightful views on how to improve your work as a professional tester, regardless if you are working on an agile environment or on a more waterfall-like approach.
In many ways the objective of the QA Tester and of the Intelligence Officer are very similar. Each of us in his or her own contexts, are tasked with providing information that will help our superiors and the rest of the team/unit to do their work better and to make the correct decisions. Following a remark by Jerry Weinberg to one of my previous blogs, In this post I examine this topic and explain how today’s QA Engineers have some of the same challenges as Military Intelligence officers.
- 10 reasons why You are NOT a Professional Tester! — Part 2 December 5, 2011
- Why can’t developers be good testers? May 5, 2010
- Stop being a NON-Technical Tester! December 19, 2011
- 10 reasons why You are NOT a Professional Tester! — Part 1 November 28, 2011
- Manual and automated tests together are challenging May 16, 2011
- Is friendship ruining your testing career??? June 17, 2013
- You need to schedule tasks to “waste time” as part of your regular work! June 9, 2013
- Five Testing Questions with Scott Barber April 18, 2013
- Spring cleaning your testware March 25, 2013
- Five Testing Questions with Lisa Crispin February 5, 2013
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