What is a tester’s mindset?
Monday during the webinar, Angie mentioned that a “test automation engineer is a hybrid role comprised of a developer’s skillset and a tester’s mindset”.
I decided to take a moment and write down some of the characteristics I see in people that have a tester’s mindset. They…
Want to know the rules
Try to understand when the rules do and do not apply and to whom
Must suspend the rules when appropriate
Are willing to think differently
Are exceptional communicators
Want to help
Bring people together
Love exposing problems
Question everything internally and question loudly when appropriate
Have a constitution
Give bad news when no one else is willing
Keep trying and do not give up
Understand their limits
Ask for help
Know testing never starts and never stops
Recognize assumptions and challenge them when appropriate or necessary
See gaps between facts…
Work to be objective
Allow themselves to be subjective
Know the difference between the objective and subjective
Are confident in the face of ________
Make strong arguments
Let me know in the comments what I missed.
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What I missed on that list is
a.) Explore and
b.) embrace the unknown
I love these! I think it’s difficult for almost anyone to “embrace the unknown”. Do you see testers having that ability innately? or good testers tending to have that more often? Or is it more of a “stretch goal” for most folks? Great stuff Michael!