When I was 6 years old, I went bluegill fishing with my uncle Kevin in Wisconsin. Uncle Kev knew how to catch bluegill and every time he got a bite, he handed me his fishing pole and said, “Tug the line!” then “Reel it in, I think you got one!”

I’ve been coaching a member of our support staff on a testing assignment. When she completed her testing, I ran some follow-up tests of my own and found a bug. Rather than logging the bug, I gave her some suggested things to try and hinted that there may be a bug. She found it! What a thrill! She also got to log it. Cool!

What’s the lesson?
  • As with fishing, testing without catching bugs can get boring. It’s important to let newbies catch some bugs.
  • When someone finds a bug you missed, it’s humiliating. When the tables turn and you find the missed bug, maybe it’s time to set your ego aside and put your coaching hat on.

2 comments:

  1. ElizaF said...

    Could not agree more. That was an issue for me in my first test lead role.

    I could not let go of my need to find defects for a long time.

    When I finally realised that it was disheartening for them to find stuff and then realise it had been already logged, I let go.

    It was wonderful to see how motivating it was for the team to show me what they had found. Within little or no time, they were finding stuff I had missed as they got the confidence to apply their wealth of their experience to testing the product.

  2. richa said...

    I agree with your post. I am a fresher and my lead did the same thing to me. He encourages me to find more bugs.



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