As more and more people are appreciating the content here, it is my responsibility to post stuff that keep meeting your/their expectations. Initially although I felt its tough but it is getting easier once I re-collect my experiences in this testing career !
As Rita Mae Brown says:
"Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment"
( the above quote taken from http://www.wisdomquotes.com/cat_experience.html )
Here is an interesting story for you all .....
One usual day at work I called up my friend who sits 3 floors below me
"Preetam , baro maga !"( I meant , "Preetam come on" in kannada language)
"Ok dude , meet you at Smoking Zone" was his reply.
We both usually share , chit chat , gyan-ify at SZ , a great place we often visit.
We were having coffee and I started off a discussion as to how this coffee cup would have undergone testing and ...
I thank myself for probing people to come out with their experiences/learnings , I usually end up having a great learning as this one !
He told a story , he says its true and it could be the story of your company too !
__ The Hot ! Coffee Mug story ___
Once a company decided to give a surprize gift to its employees on some occasion of a festival/anniversary and impress them further with an innovative gift.
After a group discussion by the senior management they zeroed on of presenting a coffee mug.
Now what's the innovation there ?
They consulted design experts , art experts and with lot of hardwork they came out with a prototype design and the senior management were happy and confident of the prototype form factor.
They were optimistic on it and went ahead placing the order after a count on head-count ( is this english , write ? :D ) they had to distribute !
The D-Day( decided day, i meant ) came and it was distributed , on opening the gift the employees were thrilled to see design , art and innovation that has gone in to making of a 'great coffee mug' they had recieved as a gift.
After a few days on a regular sortie to all cubicles by one of the senior management employee found that everyone used the 'great coffee mug' as a pen stand .... no hot air :-D noticed above the brim of the 'great coffee mug'.
In a meeting the senior management employee mentioned his observation to other fellas and they were puzzled !
"Why ?" , " not even one had a coffee in it ?" , "were you around them during odd times ?" were some excited queries.
They started researching on it with a high priority since they knew how much time they had spent in the making of 'the great coffee' mug.
In the next status meeting there was an answer to it based on the comments/feedback from the employees...
Want to know what went wrong ?
The 'great coffee mug' despite being great at looks and design was unable to fit inside the coffee vending machine available in that company !
Twas tall !
__ End of Hot ! Coffee Mug story ___
Now , How is this anyway related to testing Pradeep ? ( could be your question )
Learnings as a product tester -
1) A requirement collection missed/escape defect.
2) After a prototype is done and by any chance if it looks dazzling and you just want to enjoy staring at it , call for a tester - he would let you know how better it can be done.
3) If you want to surprize someone with a gift like this test it before you give it !
4) Excitement about doing something good should accompany a fear factor that "there could be a major requirement/test case missing".
5) When something looks too good it isn't always !
6) Before you invest on production ensure nothing has escaped from you ! in simple words "test it".
7) To become or to continue to be a good tester you should develop the ability to learn from anything you see around you.
8) Tomorrow or Today , if you are a CEO ensure that one of the senior you hire for your cabinet was a good tester and cotinues to be so even after becoming a senior.
"It could be a simple toilet paper , yet test it else it would end up loosing its worth even in the toilet"
Thanks and Regards
Disclaimer : This post is not to complain against any organization that has gone through the above phase , its just a true concern as a tester to improve the organization's effort to give better gifts to employees and also a token of appreciation to the management of that company who planned , spent time and money to gift 'the great coffee mug'. This post/blog is not pro-tester but learnings of a pro-product-tester.