After having presented my concerns about the alleged irrefutable goodness of alignment, let’s go a little deeper into the reason I don’t believe anybody can test.
First and foremost, to work effectively as a tester, you need to have a testing mindset.
So, if someone is not at ease with:
- asking questions,
- doubting answers,
- challenging assumptions,
- receiving suggestions,
- proving something wrong/right,
- making mistakes,
- sharing their knowledge,
- striving for quality,
or if they lack:
- attention to detail,
- critical thinking,
- systemic view,
- both analysis and synthesis skills,
- the hunger to learn,
in my opinion, they should not work as a tester. Period.
All in all, next time someone says anybody can test, please make sure they understand the importance of all the skills above.
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