You know something that has stood out to me at the two testing conferences I’ve attended, in BBST online classes, and in conversations in the Twitter testing community?
(Oh, hello, blog reader. It’s been awhile, right? Good to see you, too.)
It’s how diverse the experiences and mini-worlds of testers are. For every broad idea from a tester to which I can relate, there are a dozen minor, but significant, details that seem entirely foreign to me. “Testing software” doesn’t paint a picture quite as clear or specific as “repairing automobiles.” Some testers work in giant QA departments, some work on small teams, and many work alone; every tester deals with a different palette of platforms, source code, and users; I could go on, but I don’t need to, because chances are good that you already know exactly what I’m talking about. Understanding the software tester’s world tends to be more about understanding a specific tester’s specific mini-world than it is about understanding “the software tester” in a general sense.
But, you know what?
QA Intelligence and Tea Time with Testers are trying to help paint a clearer picture of that general tester: Who we are, what we do, where we’re heading. The tool they’ve created is the State of Testing Survey, which they are launching this year and will continue each year going forward.
I encourage you to check out the link, share it with other testers, and participate in the survey when it’s released. This is a pretty great opportunity to learn more about the testing industry and about each other. I say we all take advantage of it.