As I was yesterday coming back home after a meetup, tired beyond measure after a hard week at work, I idly scrolled through my Twitter feed. There I saw a tweet from one Maxime Rouiller
It turns out I needed that kind of a kick, so in order to be a better writer and to google myself… I humbly give you tonights post.
There will be no code though, just something that is not new but what I consider cool. Some may think that working is software testing is a technical kind of a job. And they would not be wrong – if you want to be a tester, you got to learn a lot of the tech stuff. But you also learn about the business of your customers, business and goals of the companies you work for. But there is more, there is something I consider the core of my job – being part of a team.
I work in an Agile environment, which I really like (there is a post about Agile coming soon). I love testing, that much you probably already know. I enjoy unraveling the technical problems and intricacies – these are like a good puzzle. Without the people I work with, this would all be a lot less pleasant experience though. I had the privilege of working with some amazing people during my short, two-year career in QA.
Developers who answered my, sometimes really stupid, questions. Who taught me a lot and were willing to build the trust of our work relationship. Business analysts who do a lot of hard work by asking a lot of questions and answering a lot of those. One of BAs, a very nice woman named Ula, is my role model when it comes to being patient. Project Managers, who showed me the meaning of keeping your temper in check and balancing between the urge to satisfy the customer with doing right by the team.
Last but not least – all of the wonderful fellow testers who accompany me on this journey. Paula and Michał, who formed a “Bug, Honor, Reopen” team with me and we went to two TestingCup competitions together. Natalia, Tomek, Kuba, Rafał, and Sławek who, by their everyday doings, show the value of hard work, share the experience and honestly care about teaching others.
This post is to thank You all for creating real, working teams. To thank You for your effort for these teams to be more than the sum of all people creating them.
And to whoever is reading this post – I know we sometimes have hard days at work. We get angry at each other, we are angry, tired or sad. But remember – we are all part of a team, so just try to smile because together we will create something really awesome!