Our latest guest post comes from Jim “JR” Harris, Principal Engineer and Owner of Arrowhead Computer Consulting, and one of the most entertaining tester bloggers out there (you’ll see what I mean shortly). You can find more of his writings at qatechtips.blogspot.com. In this post, he addresses why the value created by testers is not always fully recognized in the world of business. Enjoy!
In the October issue of the uTest newsletter, Matt Johnston led off with the title “Are Testers the next Endangered Species” – and I blew my stack! Now don’t get me wrong; it’s not like I was furious or anything like that, but I will admit that I did bite the heads off of about a dozen or so thick framing nails before I could compose a coherent reply.
And I let him have it – with both guns blazing! – eager to defend the honor and integrity of those of us in the Software QA community.
“Oh, it’s the idiots in Management who don’t recognize the need for quality software!”
“Those idiots in Marketing ALWAYS leave us with too much to do and too short a time-line to do it!”
“If the developers would send us software releases that were at least testable; we wouldn’t be in this bind all the time!”
Now Matt has a sick and twisted sense of humor, not unlike my own. So instead of getting offended, he offered me the chance to express MY views on his bully pulpit. “Ok Einstein, you’re so smart? YOU write the next one!” No he really didn’t say that, but his invitation was clear: Put up or shut up.