When I take on a non-trivial testing task, my employer should get three things:
- A test result.
- A reusable test artifact.
- A better tester.
So when I approach a new task, I ask myself:
- How can I shape this work so it makes me better?
- What new skills will I acquire? (And retain!)
- What new knowledge?
(Hint: If I can’t think of anything else, I try to learn — really learn — two or three new keyboard shortcuts. I look for what mouse moves I’m repeating, and replace them with shortcuts I look up on the web.)