This sucks.  I’ve been testing all day and I haven't found a single problem. 

No, wait…

This is good, right? Clean software is the goal.  Alright, cool, we rock!  Looks like we’re deploying to prod tomorrow morning…just one more test…Dammit! I just found a problem!  I hate finding problems at the final hour.  This sucks.

No, wait…

This is good, right?  Better to have caught it in QA today than in prod tomorrow.  That’s what they pay me for.  Hey, here’s another bug!  And another!  I rock.  I just found the mother load of bugs.  This is awesome!!!

No, wait…

This is bad, right?  We’re either going to have to work late or delay tomorrow’s prod release.  I totally should have caught these problems earlier, it would have been so much cheaper.  I suck. 

What’s that?  The product owners are rejecting my bugs?  Really?  How humiliating.  I hate when my bugs get rejected!

No, wait…

This is good, right? It’s great that my bugs got rejected.  Less churn.  Now I don’t have to retest everything.

No, wait…I want to retest everything.

No, wait…maybe I don’t.

Ahhhhhhh!

23 comments:

  1. Anonymous said...

    This was great and bitterly accurate.

  2. Phil Kirkham said...

    First part was spot on - that moment when you get a new release and want to find a bug to show your worth but dont want to so it can ship

    Not so sure about the second half and thinking it was good my bugs were rejected, I think that would show something was wrong with my testing rather than feeling good about less churn ?

  3. Anonymous said...

    Xanex is your friend!

  4. Chris S said...

    No piece of writing about software testing yet has truly hit home like this one has.

  5. Joe said...

    LOL! It does feel like this sometimes.

  6. Anonymous said...

    Aieee! Get out of my head!

  7. Miguel Melendez said...

    I loved this post. . .

    no wait. . .

    i think i don't agree

    no wait. . .

  8. Miguel Melendez said...

    I loved this post. . .

    no wait. . .

    i think i don't agree

    no wait. . .

  9. Anonymous said...

    Really good that one, sadly so true !!

  10. Damian Meydac Jean said...

    Hope that no Tester begin a thread trying to explain if the epistemological use of the word Bipolar is right or not. Great post by the way.

  11. Ananya Sharma said...

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  12. Andrea said...

    Great Post!

    It describes precisely what we feel from time to time. So we felt encouraged to continue:

    Continued story in our blog

  13. Rene said...

    Great. We took the freedom to continue your rant... Bipolar continued.

  14. Anonymous said...

    I dont think there is anything like this, you are to find bugs that are existing in the system, and then try to gather a fix for that, there is nothing to feel ashamed of, if no bug is found :D

  15. Anonymous said...

    Brilliant post

  16. Anonymous said...

    Great post !!!

  17. Dan said...

    I definitely know the feeling especially, the panic moment when I'm finding bugs on a product that will be deployed in production combined with the fact that you can't remember anything that you've tested before releasing the product in production But the panic moment vanishes immediately when the discovered issues are caused by badly production deployments :)

  18. talkativetothemax said...

    hehehehe man this blog post rings true!

  19. Anonymous said...

    :) can't wait to share with my team..

  20. Wolf Scott said...

    I see this post has been out a little while and guess what, this post is STILL spot on! ...

    well done! :-)

  21. Anonymous said...

    I'm waiting for the blog about the magical mystical bugfix that never was (the one where you know the defect exists, Dev deny it was ever there, and it's somehow miraculously resolved in the latest version of code) ;-)

  22. Tan Siew Ling said...

    This is so true! Thanks for this - at least i know i m not alone :)

  23. KT said...

    Great piece of wording here :)

    But wait...

    It happens also in real life when you want to take decisions :)



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