You probably couldn’t tell, but my last post was part of my exploration into careers in test. Which I’m exploring because of my worry that so many of the discussions in test haven’t changed in the last ten years.
I better try to come up with a better explanation before everyone thinks I’m crazy.
A few weeks ago, I expressed my concern about the lack of forward thinking in software testing. I wondered (and still wonder) where the new ideas are going to come from. The “hot topics” in test haven’t changed that much in the last ten+ years, and I wonder if they’ll change in the next ten years.
One possible reason for this is that not that many people stay in test long enough to get to a point where they have both the experience and influence to advance the state of the art. Now, I don’t think everyone with some arbitrary amount of experience in test is automatically going to be a forward thinker and come up with great new ideas and approaches – and that’s also why I think we need more people with extensive experience in test.
And with that thought, I started thinking about careers in test, because without a good idea of what a career in test looks like, people may not stay in test.
And that got me thinking about what I do, and what other testers do - and whether or not how we describe ourselves can make us a good (or bad…or neutral) role model for a career in test.
And, for better or for worse, that’s kind of the way I think about things. I keep recognizing more parts of the system and then I ponder how they work together, until eventually I come up with something.
Anyway – I hope that puts a little more clarity on my recent rambles.