I replied, "Happy Teacher's day, to you too"
and then a student said, "No, I am not a teacher".
"Well, haven't you taught yourself?"
... after a pause ,"Oh yes!",
"Well then you are a teacher and maybe you didn't realize it"
The list of people who have taught me things is huge. Not many readers of this blog know that they too teach me when they ask questions as comments and come back and clarify their points or correct me when I have been wrong.
James Bach and Michael Bolton are two big names many think as my only two teachers. I think I am a gifted student to have learned testing from these two people and there are many other people, too. While others help me and teach me to become a better tester, James and Michael goes steps beyond and help me teach other testers.
Why is my teacher list huge?
Its because James and Michael taught me an important thing: How to learn from others although they might not be consciously teaching me?
Without that skill, I just would be less confident about my testing because testing is an activity of learning.
So, I help testers how to learn and that makes them smarter than other testers who don't know how to learn.
On demand from a few students who said I should hold a lecture that is inexpensive as compared to my workshop, here is the announcement on this special day.
The coming September 29th (Saturday), I might be holding a 4 hour session, which of course consists of one of the most exciting testing exercise for a mere 500 rupees in Bangalore. I usually spill a lot of secrets of good testing during my talk and hence you might want to get your seat booked.
In case you wish to attend this session of mine, you could send me an e-mail at email@example.com with a subject line "September 29th - Testing Lecture Registration" and I shall send you the details.
You could pass this on to your colleagues and friends, too, to ensure they join you for this session. It would not put me in loss if there are 50 people attending this session and so if you are planning to register, passing it to your colleagues and friends might be a good idea to increase the chances of not putting me in a loss :)
_ Challenging the challengers _
"Take a look at this, "Today it is no longer important to be a good tester, or have the right technical skills to manage the plethora of problems that you encounter in your day-to-day job as the testing professionals. Increasingly, today software testers require people-oriented skills to survive what can often be a lose-lose relationship with developers,managers and clients." Take a look at this link .
What the hell?
Someone is saying it is no longer important to be a good tester! So here is the e-mail that I sent them for which there is no response, so far:
Hi Accenture Testing Challenge creator,
Please have a closer look at what you guys have written : "Managing people in testing projects - Building, supporting and adding value to your team - Today it is no longer important to be a good tester, or have the right technical skills to manage the plethora of problems that you encounter in your day-to-day job as the testing professionals. Increasingly, today software testers require people-oriented skills to survive what can often be a lose-lose relationship with developers,managers and clients."
Are you sure that is what you wanted to mean?
I strongly feel that you guys in the context of creating interest among people should not misguide them with such words. What would a fresh starter in this field think if he reads such a thing that it is no longer important to be a good tester?
- However, is that condition true in all contexts? Who said that? Can you quote the person who said that?
- Communication, is a part of testing skills, I am wondering how someone wasn't aware of that?
- Is that the philosophy of testing prevailing in Accenture?
-- Pradeep Soundararajan
Neither did they re-phrase nor did they reply to my e-mail.
The thing that irritates me is the comments section in the link where people don't question it and just keep adding comments. I thought of entering their testing challenge contest but now feel I am not sure of their judgment.
"Oh God! Please help the testing community from people who misguide testers".
There are testers who misguide other testers in all companies and hence it doesn't mean I am accusing Accenture for this but the people in Accenture who are misguiding the community with such a statement.
Claimer: I claim that all opinions that I share in this blog is mine and I am independent enough to think and it is none of my employer or client views.
-- Pradeep Soundararajan - firstname.lastname@example.org - +91-98451-76817
"Pradeep's first language is not English--his first language appears to be testing." -- Michael Bolton