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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Software Testing - What keeps you engaged or disengaged

So were you always determined to be software tester (tester by choice) or happened to be (tester by chance). And none of this is better than other. Tester by chance might be as skilled at software testing as tester by choice.
But the question is what keeps them going, what keeps them engaged in work and some times despite having tested same features time and again. So if you were to list out those pointers what would you say, or better if you had to list what keeps you uninterested (which might be an easy question). So let me list down what might disengage a tester from work -

  1. Project is utter crap. None or least (read as none) value is given to testing team, leaving testing aside.
  2. Testing team is more interested in blaming each other of not finding a defect than adding any value to team.
  3. Your salary is least and you had worst appraisal discussion of your life.
  4. So your team members or members in other team are working on test automation. They are using QTP, Selenium and you... well no chance what so ever. And you think automation will bring you to the level of development team (Could write a blog on this nonsense topic it self)....
  5. Your project manager wants you to test any time and every time. 24/7 testing is the dogma s/he is born with. You are a tester and this makes you liable for testing... forever.
  6. How dare you ask about requirement documents? and how dare you missed that production defect !@#!@#!@#$%#$
  7. So your friend is on extended onsite trip and you, well not even sent for visa stamping till now
  8. You attend all the meetings for project and work, WHERE IS THE TIME FOR TESTING
  9. and 1000 situations you would have faced......... Could you list a few, and those enthusiasts who could list otherwise also....
For me its the team which matters lots over any thing else. Once happened to work on worse project having every possible difficulty but team dedication kept me going every time I was worn out. I wish every tester gets to work with such great team at least once in their life time....
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