I’m a Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson fanboy. In this video, he pokes fun of a common view of scientists. A view that when scientists think they’ve figure something out, they stop investigating and just sit around, proud of themselves. Neil says, “[scientists] never leave the drawing board”. They keep investigating and always embrace new evidence, especially when it contradicts current theories.
In other words, a scientist must trade closure for a continued search for truth. “Done” is not the desired state.
As a tester, I have often been exhausted, eager to make the claim. “it works…my job here is done”. And even when faced with contradicting evidence, I have found myself brushing it away, or hoping it is merely a user problem.
Skilled testers will relate. Test work can chew us up and spit us out if we don’t have the right perspective. Don’t burden yourself by approaching test work as something you are responsible for ending.