Lately, there are lots of factors motivating this rant. Since I just finished Shrini Kulkarni’s latest blog post I got reminded to finish this write-up the sooner the better.
Testers are the slaves of the 21st century!
Hold on, did I just say this? Yeah, I did. Testers are treated like slaves in the jungle of modern software development. Why do I think this is so? Because I have been out there. I have survived the tar-pit jungle of software testing slavery. There are walls out there around our cages, where code gets thrown over. Sometimes we throw bugs back over that wall, sometimes we pass the code over to the next wall of software development slavery.
Sometimes, when we throw too many bugs back over the wall where the code comes over, we get punished by rocks or spiked balls. Sometimes we’re even locked down in the darkness of our testing cave, separated from all social activities. By then, if we find the door to the daylight, when opening it, we immediately get stoned done by the mob waiting in front of that door for us to come out like a prisoner in a jail cell or like Jesus Christ in the movie The Passion of Christ.
Our programmers may speak of ever changing requirements. For us testers there are the ever changing requirements plus the ever wrong increasingly decorated programs that we need to adapt. We are enforced to cost-saving test automation. Test automation comparable to the implementation of the application. With “software developers”, that were put into testing since they were not considered good enough developers in first place. In the end we find out that 80 percent of our testers died during the construction of the pyramid for the great programming pharaoh in our company.
But remember, that we’re just lurking, waiting for our revolution. When our time has come and we brought in the Whole Team to our company, endless your pain will be. For that the developers will suffer in checking and testing their own code, our slave masters will suffer by having to trust us. No longer may we be the daunted and suppressed ones.