Is Software Testing a Boring Job?
Testers are very enthusiastic at the beginning of their career. But when the learning curve is saturated they start feeling bored. They quickly get tired of writing the same bug reports and executing the same test cases again and again. They simply don’t feel challenged. Almost all testers have the same feeling in their career at least at some point. Especially experienced testers don’t find any challenge and creativity in their work.
The answer is a resounding NO! Testing is not a boring job at all. Actually, it can stress you to your limitations. As quoted by Michael Bolton,
“Testing is a continuous learning process by exploring, discovering and investigating the information you have”.
If you are passionate about software testing then you will be less likely to find this as a boring job.
At some point, testing can be a monotonous work. But you should accept a certain level of repetition. You can think of automating those repetitive tasks. But make sure to do your homework carefully before deciding to go for automation. It’s not the end solution for your boredom. You need to find different ways to bring some variety to your daily routine job.
If you ask any experienced developer around you, he will tell you how boring development job is. You can’t stop doing things as they seem to be repetitive. Our whole life is just a sequence of repetitive tasks. Would you stop doing that? Certainly not. We continuously find and adapt to new things that entertain us. You need to find innovative ways to do the same things again. You need to find and analyze why you are bored. Once you know the root cause you can work towards finding the solution.
Assume that you are experiencing this boredom. It might be a temporary boredom, but you need to overcome it and make sure it will not hit you anymore. How to do that? Below are the things I do when this feeling comes in my mind. I’m sure these will work for you as well.
1) We’re bored because there is no challenge in our routine work. There are several ways to challenge yourself. One way which I know to work best is to challenge yourself to find 5 (or whatever count you feel challenging) critical defects in a day.
2) Stay away from negative people. They definitely create a negative effect on people around them. Surround yourself with positive people. Do things that interest and motivates
3) Get inspired with powerful long-term career goals. Where do you want to see yourself in the next 5 years? Always think what you can do today to move closer to that goal and act accordingly.
4) Upgrade your skills. Specialize yourself with any testing skill, or you can even specialize yourself with other soft skills like communication, time management, team building, problem-solving skills, etc.
5) Write something about the skills which you learned in your job. Write article/how-to guide on the subject of your expertise and share it with your co-workers or all testing teams across your company. Don’t hesitate to show off your knowledge.
6) Always reward yourself when you accomplish your goals (e.g. when you complete test cases for a project, complete automating test cases for a module within specified time frame etc.) No matter how small your goal is, celebrate and enjoy it.
7) Collaborate with the QA teams from other projects as well. Observe their routine and grasp good things from it.
8) If you are the senior person in the team, help others to learn testing concepts and understand your project deeply.
9) Have an informal discussion with the developers. Discuss what they are doing, what they have developed, what scenarios they have considered, is there anything you can contribute to help them understand the product better. Warning – Some developers don’t like to discuss things with testers (there might be something like “evil testers” in their mind). Deal politely and respect others under such cases.
10) Declutter your desk area regularly. Clean up old requirement document prints. This applies to files and folders on your computer as well. Keeping everything (time and resources) organized is a habit of successful people.
11) Don’t get stuck in a routine. Keep experimenting. It might be related to writing or executing test cases, managing testing teams or test reporting. Find new ways to do your job better. Bring in a new process if you think something is not working as expected.
12) If you are bored with executing manual tests, ask your boss to assign a different task to you, maybe testing task like security testing, performance testing or even automating tests using a new tool could make you more interested in your work.
13) Read more books, articles, attend testing meetup and conferences. Explore and read articles from STH archive! We have lots of good articles on various topics.
If nothing listed above helps you, I’ve few more options for you:
(Warning – These are the solutions for extreme boredom. Doing any of these should be avoided without root cause analysis of your current boredom situation)
14) Is that your project you are bored with? Ask your manager to switch you to a different project.
15) Is that your company with which you are bored? Switch to a different company then.
Software testing is an exciting, challenging and a fun filled job. To experience it, you just need to think from that perspective! I think this article would have brought some new changes in you.
Do you also think testing is a boring job? What do you do if you get bored of testing? Please share your comments, thoughts, and suggestions.