Monday, 9 September 2013

Skillz pay the, erm, billz

Apologies for the title.

Which are you (as a tester) most proud of? I'm going to make you choose.



Is it your domain knowledge, being the go to guy about this and that piece of functionality? Wow, your changing that are you? That caused problems last time. Oh and this is linked to that so if we change it, we'll need to be careful.

OR


Is it your toolkit? Point me at anything and I can test it as I have the ability to craft a sensible context driven approach with the right tools for the situation.







As I've asked the question its only right I put my neck on the block first.

In my context, I'm most proud of my toolkit as in my line of work, domain knowledge is completely transient. I can be the king of the domain (and modest with it) one day, and pauper the next as I switch between industries.

But this is about much more than a set of tools and techniques, its about questioning fundamentals. Every new domain (to me) is the equivalent of a tour guide for an alien, with change blindness and functional fixedness barriers lessened allowing the appropriate approach and tools for the testing in hand emerge.

Build your toolkit. When the chips are down and you are in fix, they will serve you well. Encyclopedic knowledge of financial services when testing in an e-gaming context, not so much.

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