If you can get a black belt in only two weeks, avoid fights.
The past few weeks I have been involved more than usual with performance reviews and learning about South Africa’s Cyber crime future. It brings back memories why I enjoy what I do and how I got to where I am today, yet I still feel like a novice. This feeling of inadequacy reminds me of the lesson I learned the hard way when I was 8 years old and after attending 4 Karate lessons over a period of a month.
For most people starting out in testing (or anything for that matter), many things are based upon blindly accepting what you are being taught as the truth. And that’s perfectly in order. This drives the economy to some extend as well. Blind faith is a prerequisite for ultimately transcending your boundaries of knowledge, hopefully arriving at a higher level of understanding in the end.
People don’t realize this, but confusion is very real when thrown into/with the “meat grinder” to suddenly test and magically “improve” a product’s quality against all odds. Generally inexperienced people, confusion is typically “resolved” by:
- “Just tell me what to do.”
- “Then tell me how to do it.”
- “And if I’m ready for it, maybe even tell me why to do it.”
Anything more will just terrify most people.
Over the past 10+ years I was involved, or actually making a living out of testing. I came to realise that most things in life takes time to become an expert in, or even just good enough. You have to make a lot of mistakes. You then have to fix your own mistakes as well as those mistakes made by others. Many training courses promise you a certification, diploma and expert knowledge. Be careful, just because you managed to pay for skills/knowledge does not make you an expert or efficient if you cannot apply that to the context of the situation at hand.
However, I have to admit, if the skills/knowledge is so simple and repetitive to be able to master in just two weeks, by all means do it, but don’t try to fix and improve disasters.
If you want to improve your skills in testing, read a lot, ask questions, and practice. Your career will take things away from your personal life. Sometimes the “sacrifices” can be quite high, but make sure you learn from your decisions as this will help you build on your current experiences.
About the source:
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 31, 2001)