The fault may be mine and the job description I have posted, but I am not seeing the candidates I would like to see for my agile testing team. This is causing me to slow down and question what I want.
A few minutes of brainstorming and here is what I came up with (“up with which I came,” if you prefer):
- A question asker who makes no assumptions about requirements or how to test
- A project manager who can herd developers
- A negotiator adept at talking to gunmen in hostage situations and skilled at getting programmers to do his bidding
- A questioner of authority
- A nerd repelled by bureaucracy and unnecessary process
- A get-it-done-no-matter-whose-job-it-is person who can own a project
- A curious technician who knows how to build testing tools
- A voracious reader and active learner who takes responsibility for professional skills and knowledge
- A programmer and an automator (automation skill are not the same as programmer skills, but that is another story)
- A lovable pain in the ass who looks for practical solutions, not the “process” that is always done
- An optimist who has not been beaten down by bad experiences in conventional “QA” organizations
After reading a pile of resumes and talking with a number of candidates, I am not finding what I am looking for (or “that for which I am looking,” jerk). I don’t think that my expectations are unreasonably high. I want great, smart investigators who don’t know “no.” Too many testers have been taught to limit themselves and to have low expectations. Too many testers don’t take pride in professional knowledge and growth.
I am beginning to think that maybe I don’t want a “tester.” Many testers have to unlearn what they know about testing before they can learn to be true agile testers. They have to unlearn limits. That unlearning may not be worth the effort.
Hopefully, I will find the right agile tester from the testing community, but I may look for a smart recent graduate – someone I can train and never let have low expectations.
In testing, we often create our own limits. I hate that.