Agreed fallacy #1: Anybody can test

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,
  • exploring/investigating,
  • challenging assumptions,
  • receiving suggestions,
  • proving something wrong/right,
  • making mistakes,
  • sharing their knowledge,
  • striving for quality,

or if they lack:

  • attention to detail,
  • curiosity,
  • critical thinking,
  • systemic view,
  • both analysis and synthesis skills,
  • the hunger to learn,
  • humility,
  • integrity,

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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