EDIT: This blog post was written earlier this year as an introduction to me but in the end I decided to actually talk about it in a 99 second talk at TestBash Brighton 2016 instead.
Because of that I saved it as a draft and never published it but I figured it’s daft sitting on my blog unpublished so here you go. 🙂
I’ve been a professional tester since 2003.
I say I’ve been a professional tester since 2003 but recently realised that I’ve had a “tester” mindset for much, much longer than that; In fact as cliché as it sounds I’ve pretty much been a tester my whole life.
So today I thought I’d like to suggest a little game to everyone – See if you can remember your earliest memory of “testing” something.
I remember unwrapping it and staring in wonderment; what on earth does this thing do?
Within minutes I had questions:
• Will it work on lino?
• What about carpet?
• What about the pile rug? It’s a tank after all! – Oh nope; stuck on the rug!
• Do the pieces pop off in a different sequence each time?
• What if I shoot it through the patio door? Or the mirror? Or my granddad’s Ray Bans that I’m specifically forbidden from touching?
• How far from the tank can I be and still get the laser to hit it? That’s a great reason to go outside in the cold to the back of the garden in nothing but pyjamas!
• I was obsessed with finding the limitations of the thing!
So for me that’s my earliest memory of “testing” and I think a lot of people with testing careers probably have a similar mindset that started WAY before your “profession” as a tester began.
So have a think about your own earliest testing memories and let’s get sharing.