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Most and least favourite thing about testing


Start with least and move to something more cheery.

My least favourite part of this job is probably interacting with people. I know this is anathema to most testers, but for me it’s extremely draining to talk to people face to face for any period of time. I find meetings very, very hard as well, some people love to talk for hours in meetings, while every minute in a meeting is a pain for me. Especially when I am hungry. But it’s an important part of being a tester so I do these things, I just don’t enjoy it much!


This is more cheery.

What I love about my job is making it easier for developers to test, helping them to design tests, look at designs before they’re implemented, jumping in code reviews and reading a potential bug before it gets merged. I love writing tools most of all though. Nothing makes my day like a authoring a little tool to make something easier, faster or less prone to mistakes. That’s like a condensed version of software development, you get the hit of having created something useful in a day or so rather than the longer timescales of a larger piece of software. Plus when people start using it in anger, it’s just wonderful.

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If you want to talk to me about this, you can reach me here on Github or on Twitter @Testing_crafty