A Tester’s Litmus Test
Testers nowadays are generally acknowledged as valuable members of an Agile or DevOps team. I often wonder if this newly acquired status stems from positive experiences with testers or from the general recognition that testing is important. To be honest, I fear it stems from the latter.
My personal experiences with testers is very diverse, both in Agile development and in more traditional approaches. I’ve worked with people I hold in high esteem when it comes to testing knowledge of testing, but I’ve seen at least as many testers, some of them even with years of experience, that I just can’t acknowledge as a professional tester, as someone practicing, or even knowing, the things it takes to earn that title.
In my opinion, there are a couple of simple questions that set aside the ‘good’ from the ‘bad’, but it starts with attitude, a good tester knows you can’t test everything, so he/she asks what the risks are if we would refrain from testing... after all, testing takes time and effort, so let’s do as little as possible of it! The age old testing adagio ‘no risk, no test’ still holds true. [...]
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