Thanks for your story Dan. It seems to me that you have been in the trenches of testing for long enough to have built clear vision of the future. Respect :)
I always say that the world is full of tips, strategies and tools to get fit. Information is available abundantly online and there are fitness coaches by the hundreds around to help if need be. Knowledge to succeed is easy to acquire.
Real changes for some reason don’t seem to be as abundant as the information available. So a change in mindset instead of the level of knowledge is required for real success stories to begin.
I believe that changing the mindset is a journey. In our profession of testing, it might begin by pointing people towards a fitting toolkit of methods and weapons. But that is usually not enough to spark a change of a lasting kind.
Most of the problems are not intellectual in the end. They are emotional.
To me, this is the #1 reason why a notion such as “Testing is a downstream activity” persists. People are willing to change their mind and behaviour only after a new idea passes through two very personal barriers.
- The barrier of beliefs and
- The barrier of psychological defences.
This will most certainly be something that I will discuss further in this series. I will provide some concrete tools to leading change in such a setting.
Thank you so much Dan for contributing :)