Football (Soccer) and Testing: Crazy!!!
Passion: “Crazy” is constructed by the first element – Passion. If you fall in love with anyone, you will be crazy to do a lot of extraordinary things for him/her. If you fall in love with something (testing as an example), you will wake many nights to figure out more and more perfect ways to do it better. When you love testing and you are given a very challenging test for a complex application, you won’t hesitate to give up your hobbies at that moment, and try at the best to find out the most beautiful solutions for that challenge. You won’t feel satisfied with yourselves when there is only one answer for a problem if you are very passionate in it. Passion is not created by nice words. It comes from recognizing the beauty. A developer loves coding is because he sees the beauty of his algorithms, of his coding styles, so he always wants to make them better. A tester has the passion of testing, he won’t see any border among testing types (among automation, manual, security or performance testing,..). All his doing is to design a perfect solution.
Put the Pressure Down: Passion doesn’t have any room for pressure and discipline. In the match yesterday, U23 did not have any pressure to meet any given goal. Putting their team name into semi-final was very outstanding, nobody would blame them even when they lose the game yesterday. Because of this, they showed a game very attractive and very miracle. Similar with the life, when being under pressure of the goal, you cannot follow your passion. Instead of trying to do it better, then you try to make it happen (make it done). Someone say: “The more discipline, the better testing”. It may be right for a less mature team. Let give the freedom to your team, then they will take more responsibility and wisdom into their work. Some managers and clients usually define some metrics to measure the goal meeting. Good metrics will motivate the team spirits or reveals the problems. Bad metrics creates circumvention games and put the team into bad pressure. Then, they will stop improving their quality of testing work, and promotes bad behaviors.
In the life, let follow your passion and give it more room to be crazier. If you cannot identify what your passion, let ask yourselves what makes you crazy.
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