Twelve Tips for Becoming a More Professional Tester
Many testers feel that their organizations do not treat them with the same level of professionalism and respect that their development peers receive. Testers attribute this to the fact that testing is a relatively “new” profession, that few universities grant a formal degree in software testing, and all sorts of other external factors—things beyond their control. But, to be perceived as professionals, we need to start by becoming more professional. Joel Montvelisky shares a number of things we can do to improve our professionalism while increasing the value of our work in our organizations. These simple yet important things include expanding our technical involvement in projects, increasing the interaction with our users and their representatives, leading the risk assessment process in our projects, and more. Joel reviews twelve specific points—practical tips you can start using right away to become a more professional tester.