Bloggers club: I've change my mind about ...
In testing, I have changed my mind about … most things
Another great topic, that makes you really think about how you’ve changed over time.
Pretty much everything I ever believed about testing has changed over time. I’m a better tester (and person) as a result. Let’s have a look at some clickbait soundbites, which could be whole posts in their own right. Before a deeper dive into what brought about changes.
Former testing beliefs
- Testers are gate keepers
- Testing happens at the end
- A testers job is to find bugs
- Automate through the UI
- Record and playback tools suck (yet to revisit)
- I’m curious about how newer tools perform
- I don’t want to be in management
- Followed by a stint in management where I learned a lot
- Lots of test documentation is needed
- Balance needed here. But I love mind maps and other handy-dandy diagrams
- Testing courses are expensive and tied to certificates
- Tonnes of free and affordable training is available
- ISTQB are the supreme authority on testing
- Have since tempered that with experience and different schools of thought
What led to these changes?
When I reflect on my career so far, there are key points where my views changed.
Being part of a Community
Internal (organisations) and External (online)
- Similar people, in different places.
- Loads of knowledge shared
- Different ideas and view points
- Better ways of doing things
Initially I found MoT, I joined and observed for a long time. It’s not until recently that I’ve become more active. That’s the great thing about communities. There are many ways to “be a part” of a community. I’ve covered it in more depth recently at the MOT club, which deserves its own blog post.
I’ve written and spoken about this before so, I won’t go into great detail. But in short, writing publicly is great, for new ideas and collaborating with people.
When I started managing people, I was out of my comfort zone. I was in a position without the skills I needed. Something I wrote about in my chapter ‘What is my role?’ in Testing Stories.
Reflecting on who we really are as people is hard (…) I looked at things like Myers-Briggs and StrengthsFinders. I personally found these frameworks useful.
I looked for other ideas and perspectives, to help me figure out my values and some helpful techniques. Finding ideas like modern testing and servant leadership resonate, and influence my approach.