On the EuroSTAR testhuddle I found a blog by Chantal called “Why Software Testers Can’t test.” In this blog she asks the reader what we think testers love doing the most. “The answer”, she states, “might surprise non-testers out there. The answer is: testing software”.
IBM partnered with Software Quality Engineering to execute a survey called “The Future of Testing: Where Do Testers Spend Their Time?”. It explores where today’s testers are spending their time, what obstacles they most often encounter and where they think their attention should be focused.
Based upon this research Chantal states that although testers want to test, they actually lose a lot of time doing other stuff.
I suddenly remembered I did a similar research back in 2010. Chantal is focusing on virtualization, whereas I used the research to identify inefficiencies in organization that lay outside the testing domain. During the EuroSTAR conference of that year I presented the results by means of an annotated checklist:
I stated: “If we discuss the impact of these time killers with management, they will give us support for eliminating the causes”. This way the checklist becomes an enabler to boost test improvements and to release time so testers can do what the love doing most: testing. What do you think, is the checklist still up to date?