Getting Better

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.)


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