One of the testers at work uses an excerpt from Lesson 47 of Lessons Learned in Software Testing as an email signature. The lesson’s heading reads: You can’t master testing unless you reinvent it. I reread the entry in the book and the bit that struck me the most reads:
If you want to be good at this, you have to practice.
(I hear this in my head as if it’s spoken by someone with a shifu-like voice… must be because of hearing one of the character voices in Red Alert 3 in the background.) Although this may not be the main point of the lesson (or it could be), I want to reiterate the point that a prerequisite of mastery is practice. Before you can go about reinventing testing, you’d actually have to be proficient at it. Before you can “be the author of your own wisdom”, I think you need experience (lots and lots of it) from which you’ll draw that wisdom from.
I’d place a nice segue here but I can’t think of any at the moment (it’s way past my bedtime). I just want to post a couple of links here. The first link is to an article giving insights on how to practice software testing, the second link is to a blog post by a test manager who values keeping testing in practice.
- How Do You Practice Software Testing – an informIT article by Michael Kelly
- Keep Your Hand In – a blog post from Abakas by Catherine Powell