Look at your calendar (or that of another tester). How many meetings exist?
My new company is crazy about meetings. Perhaps it’s the vast numbers of project managers, product owners, and separate teams along the deployment path. It’s a wonder programmers/testers have time to finish anything.
Skipping meetings works, but is an awkward way to increase test time. What if you could reduce meetings or at least meeting invites? Try this. Express the cost of attending the meeting in units of lost bugs. If you find, on average, about 1 bug per hour of testing, you might say:
“Sure, I can attend your meeting, but it will cost us 1 lost bug.”
“This week’s meetings cost us 9 lost bugs.”
Obviously some meetings (e.g., design, user story review, bug triage) improve your bug finding, so be selective when choosing to declare the bugs lost cost.