Tester Reputation Cheats
How well do you know your testers? There are several tester stunts I have been tempted to pull (and sometimes have). The act of testing is difficult to monitor so it is easy for testers to spoof productivity. If you catch yourself doing these…don’t.
- Whenever team members stop by your desk, make sure you have a GUI automation test running on one of your boxes. It looks really cool and gives the appearance that you are an awesome tester (they’ll never know it’s just a looping record/playback test with no verifications).
- Your manager needs to see test cases. How about just copying the requirements into something called a test case?
- You didn’t stumble upon that bug (yes you did). It came from a carefully planned test.
- There is no evidence of what tests you executed because you kept track of them locally (not really). You will upload the tests to the repository when you have time (yeah, right).
- You didn’t forget to log that bug your dev is asking about (yes you did). You are still reducing the repro steps down to the bare minimum due to some variables that may be related.
- You didn’t forget to execute those tests (yes you did), you choose not to execute them because you performed a risk assessment matrix resulting in a lower priority for said tests.
- When running performance tests using your wrist watch, record time span values out to the millisecond. It appears more accurate.
- Does your manager review your test cases or just see how many you have written? If it’s the later, find the copy/past option in your test case repository and change one value (e.g., now pass in “John”, now pass in “Pat”, now pass in “Jill” etc.). Dude, you just wrote 30 test cases! It looks great on the metrics summary page.
- If you’re lost at the Feature Walkthrough meeting, periodically raise your hand and ask if there are any “ility” requirements (e.g., Scalability, Usability, Compatibility, etc.)…it just sounds cool to ask.
- You don’t have a clue how this feature is supposed to work. If you wait long enough, another tester will take care of it.