Where are we going?


I’m depressed this morning. That doesn’t happen often with me – especially when it comes to thoughts about software engineering and software testing. But today, I’m down in the dumps. I’m frustrated, annoyed, tired, and completely lacking luster.

Why?

Because I just read yet another “testing” article talking about the “woe is me” position of testers (or “QA” as many wrongfully speak of themselves). “Oh no – management is mad at testers because they didn’t find a bug”. “Testing takes too long – you guys are slow”. I’m afraid that the reality is that the industry doesn’t give a …er.. doesn’t care about quality and care even less about testers, and that testers love to whine about how tough they have it. I suppose Microsoft is mostly an exception, but most MS employees don’t pay any attention at all to what’s happening outside the walls of the Borg.

I think if I see one more “article” on how to “stand up to management” regarding quality issues, I’m going to chuck my monitor out the window. One more whine about how testing is “so hard” and testers don’t get enough respect, and I’ll put my computer under the wheels of an 18-wheeler. Give it up. If your organization doesn’t care about quality, nothing short of going bankrupt is going to change their minds, so don’t bother. If testing is so hard, just fart around for a while and release crap (you already know quality doesn’t matter). When management blames testing, just blame someone else – call the customer stupid – that usually works. Deal with it however you want, but please, please please — stop whining. I can’t take it anymore.

I hope I’ll feel better tomorrow.


Comments (5)

  1. Anonymous says:

    If I didn’t have my whining, I don’t know how I’d get through my day.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Agreed – the "tester as victim" attitude has been pervasive since the beginning of the computer era. However, there is a difference between complaining to a colleague to blow off steam and perpetuating this belief that testing is a second-hand profession.

    Before the wide spread adoption of the web and advent of blogs (my age is showing) – these comments had a limited audience. Now, a much broader audience gets exposed to these opinions.

  3. Anonymous says:

    When management complains about our test budget being too big, we tend to fall back on the defense that we only need to spend this much time (and money) testing because of the lack of quality SW being put out by the various dev teams we work with.

    But, I’ve been in a good mood lately because recently management showed that I’m a valued employee, I got $15,000 for an on-site testing class for 30 people approved [and in today’s world, that is a miracle], and because the economy stinks, the resumes I’m getting for my job openings are awesome!

    Like Ice Cube said "Today is a good day"!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I hate the whinging attitude that many testers have. No job is perfect and lots of people are not well appreciated..when did you last thank you’re rubbish collector?

    There are many parts of testing that are great fun. Focus on those bits, and when it all gets too much, go out with your mates, have a couple of drinks and remind yourself there is a world outside software testing!

    Thanks Alan, nice post.

  5. alanpa says:

    Thanks everyone for the comments – I’m feeling less depressed already