Ministry of Testing Podcast

The Philosopher and the tester

In this episode of the ministry of testing, Israel Alvarez talks about his transition from a philosopher background to becoming a QA tester. He believes there is a lot of positives from his philosophy background that has helped his career as a software context driven tester. Philosopher raises topics and concepts that forces you to think and so does testing so it was fairly relatable and easy to apply his acquired skills from philosophy. Being able to critically think is key to becoming a great QA tester. Knowing what to test for and how to test for makes this arguably one of the hardest things to do. Often as a tester, you have to analyze your own thinking, many times risking the analysis paralysis syndrome. As a math and philosophy major, Israel was always faced with problems that often didn’t have plan cut simple solution so he always had to try and apply what he had learned to get the job done with thinking outside the box. That’s what makes testing so hard. Its easy to come up with some things to test in a code or program but finding out things that need to be tested requires a thorough understanding of the product or software that is being developed. You often need to understand it even more than the creators of the product. They only way you can adequately test a product is to find its boundaries, applications and purposes and see what you can do to challenge these thing or break them. In a start up for instance, there are deadlines, scope changes and many challenges’ that testers have to endure. Proving your value as a tester is very important in the early stages of testing. Learning to articulate and defend ones view, as a tester is an essential skill that every tester needs to have to grow. This is a major challenge because developers often have to prove their point and findings to the programmers. Programmers often have strong views and passion for their work and in order to properly nit pick and criticize defect or bug that is in their work, you need to be able to establish yourself and emphasize overall product quality in your defending’s. As a tester, developers often have stressed feelings towards your work. It’s just the nature of the job as a QA manager or tester. It’s your job to ensure that the developers have put out the best possible product or software they can produce.



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