Let’s put aside the subject of Testing for a second and talk about more serious stuff – Playing Games!
I had not played Sudoku until about a month ago when I was stuck in a boring meeting and the only thing left in my BlackBerry (after being done with mails) was the Games Menu.
By elimination, and since I had never played it before, I decided to give Sudoku a chance. I choose the MEDIUM LEVEL, after all I was only trying to understand how it worked, and bum!
I got hooked.
Putting aside the addictiveness of the game itself, there are some pretty good attributes to Sudoku that are fundamental to every tester out there.
Naming only a few:
– Analytical pattern recognition
– The ability to look at what is there, and concentrate on what is missing
– Focusing at a problem from multiple angles until you find the thing you were looking for
– Even how to handle sisyphic tasks that not always end in success
There are many games that can be used in order to evaluate and even develop your professional abilities as a tester.
For example, “Where’s Waldo?”
I remember playing this game as a kid. It’s all about developing your eye’s capacity to find a needle in a hay stack!
You can even play Texas Hold’em poker on the Internet.
Weighting your hand while you try to figure out your opponents’ chances based on the open cards on the table helps you to develop your analytic capacity to extrapolate (and take risks!!!) under pressure.
There are many more games that can help you and your team do a better job as testers.
Remember that testing doesn’t need to boring or monotonic all the time…
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