Take the ‘Crappy Work’ Litmus Test

We’ve placed a ban on crappy work within my test team. From now on, we declare that the testing team will refuse to do crappy work.

The challenge is in knowing how your doing good work or crappy work?  This is why I’ve created this simple 5 minute ‘Crappy Work’™ ² test to help any tester to figure out if you’re doing crappy work or not. ¹

1) Do I fully understand what I’ve been asked to do?

2) Why am I doing this task?

3) Who will benefit, and I have spoken to them ?

4) Am I doing this task simply because its part of the process?

5) If I think it’s crappy work, how can I make it valuable?

I’m sure there are plenty more ‘crappy work’  questions that would be useful to add, but my 5 minutes is up.

Why not share your ‘crappy work’ litmus tests? 

¹ Maverick Tester takes no responsibility if you take this quiz and continue to do crappy work

² It’s a 5 minute quiz because it took me 5 minutes to think it up. It’s trademarked so I can sell you a certificate in passing the ‘Crappy Work’ test, thereby making a whole lot of money out of it.

4 Comments

  1. Here are my answers:

    1) Do I fully understand what I’ve been asked to do?
    A: Sometimes No

    2) Why am I doing this task?
    A: To know whether im doing a useful work or just a time being work – which is of no use.

    3) Who will benefit, and I have spoken to them ?
    A: We get tasks to do, but when we asks for some clarifications/doubts on it – we wont get the answer.

    4) Am I doing this task simply because its part of the process?
    A: I have been doing it as its part of work/process

    5) If I think it’s crappy work, how can I make it valuable?
    A: I would use it as a learning process to know more, how others do the same kind of stuff -learn -explore and implement. Although, its a crappy work – it may not be taken to consideration – few of my efforts

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