If Testing is Boring

Antti Niittyviita
Jul 5 · 1 min read

Day in and day out, you work through lists of acceptance tests lika a race horse. Working on an assembly line, in a factory.

For so many software testing professionals that is the reality of work. Yes, you might already automate tests. Yes, you might even hunt bugs by exploring. And still, it’s always the same.

I often hear questions like, what can I do to be inspired by my work? How could I make testing interesting again?

The answer is simple really. It’s Friday today. Which goals did you achieve this week? Can you show me your list? What did you set out to achieve this week when you first sat on your desk on Monday?Most people have no list. Lacking a sense of achievement is a self imposed trap. You can never reach your goals if you have no goals.

Any work will become boring if you don’t have peaks to climb, that is called a plateau. You need summits to conquer and goals to nail to feel inspired. Without goals, there is no reason to feel proud or to celebrate. So, learn to set milestones for yourself.

If you don’t do it, who would do it for you?

Antti Niittyviita

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I believe that every organisation needs their of Champion of Testing. Someone, who truly steps up to take ownership of the testing culture.