August 8, 2014

CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT, BUT MADE THE TESTER

BY :     August 8, 2014

CuriosityRecently a friend of mine lost his job in software development. I offered him the possibility of submitting his curriculum vitae to see if he could fit in Sogeti as a tester. He asked me a really good question: Do I have what is needed to be a good tester?

Sometimes I hear people, especially from the development team, saying that anyone can be a good tester. Of course, I have to strongly disagree. Everyone can sing, but not everyone can be Madonna. So, what characteristics must a person have to be an ideal tester?

According to TMap® NEXT, a tester must:

  • Have verbal and written communication skills
  • Be able to work accurately and have analytical skills
  • Be convincing and persevering
  • Be factual and have a positively critical attitude
  • Be creative

But I think there’s something very important missing on that list: a tester must be curious. He has to be like a detective in a TV show trying to know who committed the crime, why, and with which weapon. He has to be  like a child who keeps asking “Why?” while he is trying to understand how the world works.

Although it is not completely accurate, we can say that a tester’s job is to find what’s wrong with a product and curiosity helps him to uncover the little aspects which can make an application fail and that can be hidden to other people: what happens if I press this button? What happens if I introduce a bunch of letters in this numeric field?

A curious mind looks for new information and enjoys discovering new things. It isn’t afraid of advancing deep into unknown situations to explore the bowels of the software product and to be the first one who find bugs. He is that inquisitive detective who studies the evidence, makes conjectures, and gathers information about the quality of the product that is being tested. He is that curious child who is meeting the world with his innocent eyes and has that wish to see, learn, and know.

But this is not enough. Someone with a curious mind also has to have the desire to continue learning to become better every day. And that is very important to grow as a tester and as a person.

So, not everyone can be a tester. Not everyone can be a good tester. Not everyone can be an ideal tester (if an ideal tester exists). But, if someone is curious, he has a lot won.

Paloma Rodríguez

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Paloma Rodriguez has been Test Engineer for Sogeti Group since 2011. In this role, she manages testing projects and participates in various publications and training activities.

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  1. Paitricia Osorio A · September 29, 2014 Reply

    Hi Paloma
    I shared your post in my profile in Linkedin. Almost, all my contacts enjoyed a lot (Ha sido la sensación)
    Thank you

  2. Paitricia Osorio A · September 29, 2014 Reply

    Hi Paloma
    I shared your post in my linkedin profile and It has been amazing (ha sido la sensacion)
    Thank you

  3. Paloma · October 2, 2014 Reply

    Hi Patricia,
    I’m really glad you and your contacts liked it. I hope you agree with it.
    Thank you!

  4. ROGGER VILCARROMERO · November 4, 2014 Reply

    Hi Paloma,
    Definitely I am agree with you because the tester has to have as main characteristic to be curious. However I think that the testers should renovate their curiousity continuously since sometimes the tester forgets this important feature when they work in the same app/sw, one way to renovate the curiosity is to change the app/sw to test every so often.
    Regards from Peru.
    Rogger.

  5. ROGGER VILCARROMERO · November 4, 2014 Reply

    Definitely I am agree with you because the tester has to have as main characteristic to be curious. However I think that the testers should renovate their curiousity continuously since sometimes the tester forgets this important feature when they work in the same app/sw, one way to renovate the curiosity is to change the app/sw to test every so often.
    Regards from Peru.
    Rogger.

*Opinions expressed on this blog reflect the writer’s views and not the position of the Sogeti Group