Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Focus and Positivity is the key!

There are certain things I have observed quite a few times in various different situations while testing. These things seem more like a pattern than exceptions, and many a times demotivate me to do the right thing, for myself, and the organization.


What are these things?

  • Testing is considered as a step child - at times not given enough "listening ear" as required.
  • Testing usually seems lower in priority (compared to other issues faced).
  • Clients / organization seem OK with bugs / defects going live or, in other words, they are OK with pushing code in Production without testing it properly.
  • QA team is not involved in all stages of the life cycle - leading to disconnect between team members, invalid / incorrect assumptions, etc.
  • QA capacity is not adequate for the amount of work actually needed to be done.
  • Team members say - "This [issue] is not my responsibility. Talk to someone else."
  • Team members say - "This [issue] is not your [QA] responsibility. You don't need to provide suggestions / solutions for it. Let the appropriate owners think / talk about it."

Tips to remain focused on the right thing
  • Don't be hesitant to raise issues (time and again).
  • Identify and keep highlighting risks - in current situation, their implications and the potential mitigation points.
  • Keep doing what is right for the project / client.
  • Identify and engage with the "correct" people to ensure issues are understood, highlighted and prioritized.
  • Know what is in your control, and what is not. Strive to effect a change in what is in your control. For things out of your control, raise it with the relevant people, and then feel satisfied that you have done your part.
  • Be positive.
I strongly believe that the last 2 items in the above list are the most crucial to remaining focused and being successful in whatever one does ... in personal life and in professional life.