We write frequently on the subject of what it takes to become a top tester – in both the uTest community and the industry as a whole. We ask the testing giants their thoughts on the matter (see quotes below) and publish guest posts and Crash Courses in an effort to help you become a better software tester. Please hold your applause.
But what if software testing isn’t for you? What if after all the education, training and job-searching, you discovered that you really had no knack for the craft? Wouldn’t it have been nice to know that a little sooner? Lucky for you, I’ve designed this picture quiz as a humorous supplement to the Jung Career Indicator Test. Here’s how it works: If you don’t see anything wrong with these photos, then software testing is definitely NOT for you. Far from scientific, but hey, it’s a start.
“Almost all of the best people I know in testing have significant experience in other fields. It’s common for people to move from testing to programming or writing or marketing and then back, bringing what they’ve learned with them, to test with a richer perspective and with a much more productive vision of where testing can fit within development/marketing/support cycles.” – Cem Kaner
“As a hiring test manager, I look for these qualities: cautious, critical, curious, friendly, diplomatic, honest, insightful, thoughtful. I want candidates to tell me about a cool bug they found, or give me their best test idea. I want them to make me think. I want them to inspire me and make me curious.” – Jon Bach
“I know how to teach people technologies, the basics of a new programming language, how to report bugs, how to document process, and how to generate test ideas from whatever information we have. What I don’t know how to teach people is how to be curious, the desire to investigate their curiosity, or to be excited by the thought of investigating things that strike them as odd.” – Scott Barber
“It’s a mindset and a passion. From the 100s of interviews I’ve done, “great” boils down to: 1) a special predisposition to finding problems and 2) a passion for testing to go along with that predisposition. In other words, they love testing and they are good at it. They also appreciate that the challenges of testing are, more often than not, equal or greater than the challenges of programming. A great “career” tester with the testing gene and the right attitude will always be able to find a job. They are gold.” – Patrick Copeland
“To be a good tester you must be curious about technology, and eager to learn it. You must be able to ask questions and make explanations. You must be skeptical, but you must have at least a little faith about one thing: the possibility of undiscovered trouble.” – James Bach
“Volunteer. Keep testing. Consider speaking at a conference near you for admission. Want to test for a certain product? Sign up for the beta and go to a user group.” – Lanette Creamer