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Celebrate your wins in software testing

Dont wait until someone ‘discovers’ how great your testing is or until you have proper metrics in place. Use whatever it takes to promote your work to your colleagues.

Too often software testers are the bearers of bad news:
“There is a major defect that will stop us rolling out to production on time”

“We have to increase the budget to ensure that the system is properly tested”

The more I roll software testing concepts to companies, the more I’ve realised the importance of celebrating your wins.

If you don’t who else will?

Small wins are just as important as big ones. I don’t wait for a software testing process to have all the bells and whistles of metrics before I start shouting about the great benefits that testing has provided.

For example; I was rolling out a software testing process that was new to the client.  At every meeting (in particular the senior ones), I declared:

“In addition to completing the system testing, we found seven existing production defects”

I wanted people to know that we have good testers in their company, and also that they were providing a good service.

As testers I think we need to be smarter about how we promote our services.

 

By Anne-Marie Charrett

Anne-Marie Charrett is an internationally recognized expert in software testing and quality engineering.
She keynotes at international conferences on the topic of Quality, Coaching, and Leadership.
Ex-Head of Engineering at Tyro Payments where she transitioned testers to a quality coaching model
Consultant on Quality Engineering, developer of the quality operating model. Invented and rolled out a consulting model for quality engineering.
Consulting across FinTech, Media, Government, Insurance, Banking & Telco Sectors
Creator and Lecturer of Enterprise Software Testing course at UTS Australia. Co-developed a coaching model aiming to transfer testing skill and know-how using the Socratic method.
B.Eng (Hons) Electronic Engineering (I really am a quality engineer!)
Based in Sydney, Australia works – internationally.

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