Friday, December 11, 2015

Keeping Up with the Times

Yesterday I conducted two phone screens seeking Senior Quality Assurance experts for a 6-month contract.  They were both great candidates with traditional testing skills and passion.   I am not responsible for hiring these individuals but to offer my assessment.  My conclusion was that they have the skills necessary to do the job.

Here is what alarms me.

  • Neither one has recently read a Testing Book
  • Neither one follows testing blogs
  • Neither one ever heard of SBTM or RST
  • Neither one seemed to participate in local testing community or meet-ups
  • Neither could write code
  • Both assumed documentation exists
  • Both assumed there were people available to help them
So I have a one-word message to all testers around the globe.


We have a thriving and pioneering global testing community.  We need everyone to continuously improve our craft by being involved in the learning.

Is my perspective misguided or would you agree?

Happy Testing!