Testing Is Not A 9 to 5 Job

In the past Olympics, we watched as Michael Phelps did something that no other Olympian had ever managed to accomplish. He won more gold medals than ever before. We spent weeks watching as he won gold medals time after time.

It’s easy for someone to imagine that athletes such as Phelps are born winners. It’s easy to think that it’s in their DNA to experience such greatness. What many fail to realize is that while Phelps showed us his master skills in swimming for a few weeks, he prepared for these events for many months and years. He spent day after day practicing, refining his techniques, modifying his strategies, and improving his results.

Being an expert tester is no different. While the art and craft of testing and being a thinking tester is something that is built within you, simply going to work every day and being a tester is not always enough. Each of us have the opportunity to become “gold medal testers” by practicing, studying, refining our skills, and building our craft.

In this presentation, we will evaluate extracurricular activities and practices that will enable you to grow from a good tester to a great tester.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Agenda
    • What is a 9 to 5 testers
    • Testing everywhere
    • Experiences from the testing community (survey 267+ people)
    • Thinking beyond the 9 to 5...
  • Motivating Testers
  • Do you love your job?
  • Do you want to get better?
  • The Michael Phelps Olympics story
  • My dad worked in a factory (9 to 5)
  • 9 to 5 tester vs. professional tester
  • Did you start your career in testing?
  • Are you born with it?
  • The Drive-Thru is not always faster
  • Everybody is doing it this way
  • Survey Results (from the 267+)
    • Time spent at work in testing
    • Testing activities outside of work
  • My son's driving permit vs. testing
  • We all have 24 hours in a day
  • Have an opinion
  • Socialize
  • Study writings of others in testing
  • Test all the time
  • Share your story
  • Do you have a mentor?
  • Done vs. Plan
  • What do you want to achieve in 20 yrs?
  • Help others grow
  • You can change the world!

Learning Outcome

Key Takeaways:

  • Inputs from the testing community on how they improve their skills
  • Suggestions for online training and materials which should be studied
  • How to leverage social media to interact with the testing community
  • Contributions you can make to the testing community to build your brand

Target Audience

I have given this talk as a keynote, breakout session, and as a webinar. It appeals to all levels in testing

Prerequisites for Attendees

No requirement. Come prepared to hear how that just testing during the day job may not be enough - and things that testers can do to become world class, gold medal testers

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