A recent tweet claimed, rightly, that we testers lose effectiveness when we cannot describe what we do and what we are doing. I agree. And toward having a general response to that “What do you do?” question, I submit the following…
What testers do
What we testers do – given enough knowledge and wisdom – is create new paradigms that will help us better explain and manage quality.
5 – create paradigms
4 – extend state of the art of testing
3 – create and manage quality systems
2 – master best known practices
1 – test code and documentation
We don’t manage bugs. We don’t test the things that don’t need testing.