Sapience, Persistence, Conference..
I'm not sure why I wrote this blog. The main reason is to write what I feel about conferences. Yes, I like to persist my sapient ideas in form of blogs. (at least for me) Talking at a conference is like trying to reanimate the saved ideas, to promote them. I have a question however: I've seen people speaking at conferences having good to perfect presentation skills, but are they really people with the best (most sapient and reusable) ideas? I am ready to refer to them as the intellectual class, but are they elite intelligent...?
Good tester = intelligent tester ?
If you are struggling to define how a good tester differs from a poor one, you could probably steal one of many Intelligence definitions (especially if you distinguishing it from diligence). Wikipedia suggest as the primary definition of intelligence to be
ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience
I think those abilities stands for bug advocacy, planning, workarounding existing problems, designing tests, reviewing development documents, and doing exploratory testing accordingly. The order is weird, but the list is quite complete at least for my context.
There are more definitions, for example:
â€¦ability to understand complex ideas, to adapt effectively to the environment, to learn from experience, to engage in various forms of reasoning, to overcome obstacles by taking thought.
More or less all of them map to abilities of good testers.
Intellectual tester: bookworm?
There is a different aspect. The question that partially provoked this blog was one I saw long time ago Who are currently the best in software testing? . Iâ€™d like to quote â€œJust because someone is clever at presenting ideas, does not make them a good tester.â€ Indeed teaching and writing about something does not have to be only affected by ability to do it.
Though as a tester (and as test lead for sure) you have to present ideas. To make developers to do more testing, to argue your project manager that testability is not the lowest priority goal, etc.
Am I an intellectual? Why I go to conferences?
Iâ€™m test lead and I have to present ideas not only to my team but also to development and management in order to make testing easier, to only do sapient testing, etc.
So I have to learn and practice to present ideas. I practice by blogging. I practice while presenting at conferences, though Iâ€™m shy, arrogant, too direct guy seldom wearing a smileâ€¦. Yes I know people blogging how cool it is to go to conferences because of networking, but networking is just not for meâ€¦ Still Iâ€™m going to Ordev this year to speak about performance testing. Iâ€™ve found that I go to abroad to conferences once in a year and somethingâ€¦
â€¦ so where I wasâ€¦ am I an intellectual?
Intellectuals as a class are associated with literature, art, politics, journalism, education (university), etc. Due to poor reading skills and other aspects I donâ€™t associate myself with any of those things. Yes, Iâ€™m to no way an intellectual.
However by definition I found in wikipedia an intellectual is associated with using intellect. Intellect in turn is said to be property of mind associated with ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, etc.
While my mind is poor at remembering words (like foreign city names), numbers, etc. and slow at reading, it is very good at mathematics, physics, computer science problems.
So what I wanted to say?
I actually wanted to say that I respect testers who read blogs, magazines, etc. I respect testers who got testing certificates or red many classic books on testing. I respect people for what they do. So I respect those testers for what they do. But it is not (good) testing that I respect them for and that is not what I expect of them. If you want me to respect you as test practitioner I need to see you in an action, to see your testing results â€“ not a speech talking about lessons you have learnedâ€¦ (well lessons learned are the first words in my next speech title, so yes Iâ€™m sarcastic about myself now)