February is a month of love and we want to express our love to all our readers, writers, advertisers, critics and competitors. It is said when you love someone, that someone becomes beautiful. In our case we are supported by beautiful readers, awesome writers, helpful advertisers, well wisher critics and healthy competition boosters. We love you all.

Few days back, Pradeep Soundarajan and I received a common email from a tester asking if “Testing is dead.” Well, testing is dead where –

1. Testing is all about billing to the client. The more number of testers you bill to the client, the more money you get from the client. Don’t care about how much testing is done by the billed testers.

2. Writing, executing and passing more number of test cases is a measurement of tester’s efficiency.

3. Test cases are used as a parameter for test estimation. More time means more billing and hence more test cases to be written.

4. Certification is mandatory for a tester to get promotion.

5. Template of the Test Plan is more important than the content of the Test Plan.

6. Development folks are testers’ enemy.

7. Testers do not have freedom to perform their own way of testing.

I am sure there are more such symptoms of dead testing. Actually testing is not dead. Testers and management uncles are dead. It is the responsibility of testers to keep testing alive. If you are just a sheep and want to follow what is being asked to do, then there are chances that you are also going to be a dead tester in few days and your project’s/organization’s testing process will also be dead soon.

If you don’t want to be a dead tester, take the pain to teach the management uncles and your dead tester colleagues how alive testing looks like. Follow testers who are sacrificing their comfortable dead testing jobs to keep testing alive. Read Testing Circus and you might come across few such testers.
Let us keep testing alive. We love you all.

– Ajoy Kumar Singha

 

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Ajoy Kumar Singha

Ajoy is the founder and editor of Testing Circus magazine which is read and subscribed by thousands of professional testers around the world. He is associated with various testing forums such as NCR Testers Monthly Meet as a founding member. Follow Ajoy on Twitter.