My uncle is an audio file. He buys his equipment only after borrowing it to test in his house. He prefers vinyl, American-made audio equipment brands I’ve never heard of, uses dedicated amps, and only rips to FLAC. The sound quality of his system is impeccable.
Ever since I was a kid, I wanted a sound system as good as my uncle’s. When I was 14, I spent my paper route money on a pair of Boston Acoustic speakers, and a Marantz receiver (instead of the flashy JVC models). The following year I bought a Magnavox CD player because it had the curved slot in the CD arm, which at the time, meant it used a quality laser reader. Years later I added a Paradigm subwoofer after exhaustive research.
Although my home audio system doesn’t sound nearly as good as my uncle’s, it does sound better than most, at least I think so. I take pride in maintaining it and enjoy listening to music that much more.
The more I learn about testing, the more I start to compare my testing job to that of others. I feel pressure to modernize all test approaches and implement cool test techniques I’ve heard about. I’m embarrassed to admit I use a Kanban board without enforcing a WIP. Some in the industry advise:
"Try to do the right thing. If you cannot – leave!”
But I feel satisfaction making small changes. I enjoy the challenge of debate. I refine my ideas and find balance via contention. A poor process provides fodder for performance goals. Nirvana is boring.
Inspired by yet another Michael Bolton post. I’ll try to stop doing that.
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