…are not always the full truth. Is that hurting our craft?
Last week, I attended the first Software Testing Club Atlanta Meetup. It was organized by Claire Moss and graciously hosted by VersionOne. The format was Lean Coffee, which was perfect for this meeting.
Photo by Claire Moss
I’m not going to blog about the discussion topics themselves. Instead, I would like to blog about a familiar Testing Story pattern I noticed:
During the first 2 hours, it seemed to me, we were telling each other the testing stories we wanted to believe, the stories we wanted each other to believe. We had to make first impressions and establish our personal expertise, I guess. But during the 3rd hour, we started to tell more candid stories, about our testing struggles and dysfunctions. I started hearing things like, “we know what we should be doing, we just can’t pull it off”. People who, at first impression, seemed to have it all together, seemed a little less intimidating now.
When we attend conference talks, read blog posts, and socialize professionally, I think we are in a bubble of exaggerated success. The same thing happens on Facebook, right? And people fall into a trap: The more one uses Facebook, the more miserable one feels. I’m probably guilty of spreading exaggerated success on this blog. I’m sure it’s easier, certainly safer, to leave out the embarrassing bits.
That being said, I am going to post some of my recent testing failure stories on this blog in the near future. See you soon.