Recently there have been much debates concerning measuring tester professionalism.
Some people argue there are no professional testers since the profession itself isn’t formally specified or taught at universities, others think there are no pro in this industry as it is still relatively new. But we see it natural to search for the indication of professionalism in people’s attitude to their vocation and efforts they take to master it.
Therefore, if you have the following symptoms, you are likely not a professional tester.
- You think you don’t need to read the code.Since you deal with software development, you should know something about its engineering. You may not be able to write code, however if you fail to read it, you are missing a huge amount of information to contribute into your testing process. Code enables you to analyze the product, see how new fixes may effect it and bring new bugs.
- You think it’s OK to start testing after the development stage is over.The fact is you cannot test effectively unless you get involved in the project development as early as everyone in your team. Though testing is viewed as the last stage of the project maintenance, it’s critical that you participate and keep track of gathering requirements, analysis and planning phase so that you understand testing objectives better.
- You don’t normally interact with a customer.Since your job is to ensure the product conforms to all the user needs, it’s critical for you as a tester to check in with the customer regularly and have a good grasp of user expectations about your product. Only in this case can you do an effective and comprehensive testing.
- You consider risk management unnecessary.All testers know that some of the product areas are more risky in terms of bugs and they usually delay the team’s work, so it’s a tester’s job to know about such and inform others. Similarly, since you cannot manage to test everything, you have to perform risk management to prioritize your work and decide the testing order.
- You don’t try to improve your testing value.You are wrong if you think testing doesn’t require special skills and knowledge to help you develop testing expertise. Instead of seeing testing as an unserious job, start building your professional strategy as a tester. Map out the most valuable qualities your company needs you to have and begin seeking out the ways to develop them.
The future of testing requires you, so if you leave your expertise to chance, there won’t be any professional testers.