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I would like to share few of my moments that I thought has a huge connection between the way we are and the way we are supposed to be. I have been watching Air crash investigation since the age of 11, no matter I understood or what. But it has always been interesting for me to watch every episode of it.
Investigation seemed “Testing after” the risk arrival for me
The investigation that takes place after every complex incidents has been vital and crucial clue for every accidents that could happen as a chain reaction. Ever since the “Bug” is found and reported has helped to evolve every part of aviation, clearly a new dimension of testing for every risk that takes place.
For Air crash investigation, every part of the plane and every clue could help them understand the whole of the problem and could solve / change the architecture. The investigators have been articulating every moment, coming up with great ideas, emulate the process of the accident. This gained more attention to me, exactly, every part of it is crucial and even a slight change would end up in severe loss of life.
While computers play majority role of aviation. It is split into 2 different errors that could generally happen. “HUMAN (Pilot) ERROR” and “SYSTEM ERROR” and the same with everything in this world.
We have been testing softwares that is being used by millions and has huge impact over the peoples emotion, business, market etc. While we have everything under our control before it impacts 100 whereas, it’s not the same with aircraft. The simultaneous decision making and different levels of plan help the pilots to enter the safe zone.
It’s no different from 100 people death
- Recover black box (Flight data recorder)
Our backbox is nothing but our test design. While our product is live and observe a high severity bug. Our black box should help us determine where exactly our data has been misplaced, the missing piece of our design may have caused this bug, we recover them and crack the puzzle of fixing them.
- Proofs & witnesses
Well, sometimes we testers convey a bug to the developers / the team and not really document them. There has to be some proof with few acceptance from the opposite party in order to be really precise and may help finding the clue of happenings.
- Join the pieces
While the investigators tried to put the whole of the plane to understand the cause. We would want to join the pieces of information and to determine and help our business understand the severity, while we do that we also clear up the priorities by eliminating the unrequired factors. This is the approach that every investigator would take to solve the problem.
As there are more than a factor and fields that would need investigation, for example: “Bird strike” on On September 22, 1995 boeing hit by bird lost both of it’s engine and lead to a huge disaster while there were 50+ accidents happened in the name of bird strike, this one was unique. It was hit by a lightweight goose with the difference in the structure of it’s bone caused this incident. This particular scenario needed different level of expertise, Biology. Finding the right expertise at the right time could distinguish the matter of time, plan and the accidents.
- Take off and landing
While most of the flying is taken care by the aeroplane itself, it always needs human effort on landing and takeoff. The value that human defines is critical, no matter what! Humans are blamed finally and not the system. Even when the system is blamed and is being designed by human. We define the system and not allow machines to overwrite.
1st aircraft designed by Air france which was designed to overwrite human inputs. This took away 30+ lives On 26 June 1988. However, this particular went through lots of crisis and political matters the fact that the overwriteand the delay in flights reaction led to this incident. You could watch the episode here.
- Team and reporting
Investigators have an habit of dividing the task specific to specific person as they could get the coverage & to near the solution with given and estimated time. This gives them a whole lot of power to explore the deepest and widest. Clearly the best way to tackle the problems. Our team and tasks decides the coverage and depth of our investigation towards solving our customers problem.
- Reporting and conclusion
After months of investigation, the final report from different sources with great insight and highlight of the problem that was found in the aircraft which is responsible for the problem has to be really precise and impact over different organization, methods, design and practices with compared to the existing ones.
Everything should change over the period of time
- Recognition and penalty
Investigators are often punished for the reaction in which the problem was handled, unexpected and inevitable. While the opposite of it has to be praised to which the story of theirs become lessons to others.
I am always interested in Air-crash investigation and I would want to do it one day (Soon or then). However, I am already an investigator helping my customers understand the risks and various influential factor. I have been practicing by picking up a crash / accident, come up with scenarios / stories / tools / possibilities etc and this had helped me improve in several areas.
Thank you for reading this post. Comments and suggestions are welcomed.
Have a great day!
I added a new category “Photography”, this has been my interest and I feel peaceful when I do so. When I learned about photography – I could relate photography with testing.
Here is how,
When I started with both photography and testing, I had no idea what exactly both of them was supposed to work and how. But I had a mindset to learn it and become dear. I faced lots of hindrances and was lacking resources. I found every single and simple opportunity will overcome all the obstacles starting from teacher, tools, environment and courage to do things at right situation. It’s clearly my responsibility to fix it and I have been trying to treasure hunt on every activity that I do, I have been trying to hack hidden treasures!
I has nothing to do only with photography, it’s again a life hack to connect dots, I did it with my interest with interest! 🙂
We are all being provided opportunity knowingly or unknowingly, we need to find it and use them wisely. After the above lecture. Don’t forget to see my photos captured using my phone (Moto G to be specific) with some editing. I learned, RULE OF 3RD & RULES OF COMPOSITION.
All the photos may not append to the rules directly, I have tried my best to learn.
Device used: Moto G
Happy learning! 🙂
I could start by keeping my title as “Good software tester” but I believe good has no meaning when it comes to reality. I define REAL as “Things that really exist”.
I believe in existence. I believe in testing existing everywhere.
I see lots of people getting into testing and takes time to for them to understand and take their own steps forward, of course with great guidance you can become a REAL one to. I have been into testing for more than 1 1/2 years in REAL but I would say that every people in this world are testers indirectly and very few people choose the right path.
I believe, hope and experimented things that’s written below. I also believe in questioning ourself from the beginning of our career.
We humans, easily get disappointed and we keep remembering that very often and as a impact of this, we easily quit certain things even if we are being provided with an opportunity. It’s like “ruminant digestive method”! We keep worrying about things and don’t see real value worrying about it. Chuck it and continue!
2. Celebrate disappointment
Hey, you got objurgations from your manager?? Alright, go have a beer by keeping a break point. Problems are real challenges in our life. Try to get into more complicate problem (Oops, you really don’t have to get in) and find the previous problem to be very simple! Try it 😉
2. Brain needs to be taught not the mouth
Ya, I have come across this problem. I have been a great example of this. I speak, I speak a lot, I speak a lot, useless! I once realized, dude you are just like some useless post on Facebook. People see it and really worry about it. So, I started reading, practice instead of talking and on trying to impress others.
3. Be in every nook and corner
If you really want to understand, learn and be creative while you test? You have be like CCTV camera. Read / write blogs, Follow some great tester on Twitter and follow up the conversation, also join them. Attend all conferences, in fact all developer conferences if you can, it helps testers to be more productive and informative while you test and report!
4. Crack the heuristic
Life is full of puzzles and not only life, even testing is. While we are solving our customer problems by helping them understand their risks, there are areas that you are already using heuristic are not actually aware of! We might have to go slow or observe the flow in which you are solving the problem and you finally end up cracking whole lot of things. I recently found one,” The problem in testing is not really testing, it’s the process that needs refinement”. (Maybe people have already written about it, but it’s important for us to experience and crack it!)
Hey, I remembered this, Check out my friends: Heuristic post by Dheeraj karanam.
5. Find what you are good at
Every individual have their own goods. We don’t actually figure it out easily, it takes time. It needs some observation and comes out with comparison. Be courageous to tell everybody about your ideas, way you want to test, your style of reporting but have one! Share everything you have.
6. Track and fight your progress
Its quite hard as a fresher or from the beginning of the career. Taking progress isn’t easy! But personally, tracking my progress in several ways. Self assessment, reports, sense of questioning, knowledge, comparison etc. However, don’t jump into conclusion based on the progress. We might have to push things slowly to make it work. Talk to anyone and everyone!
7. Connect the dots
As a tester, I think it’s important to think panoptic, we have got lots of things to put in comparison, make different people take decisions. Hundreds and thousands of people gonna use the product that we are are testing or going to test. Try to connect things that are happening in reality.
8. You are responsible for yourself
You got screwed?? so what, you did it! Tell the truth, it makes you stronger and harder for other to face you. Take responsibility but keep it simple. Responsibility doesn’t mean that you have to run a team telling others to work the same way you want to. You heard it right “You are responsible only for yourself. Mistakes are meant to be made and not to repeat them!
9. Find the patterns
Patterns are everywhere. As testers, if we crack the patterns with the product that we are testing. I believe that’s the REAL value that we can add to our customers. Patterns are not only with the product that you are testing, it’s on everything you look and do!
10. Take a break
It’s important for your brain to take rest. You will understand everything that I have written above when you sit in a part thinking about “what the hell is happening to me”.
There are whole bunch of things that we as a tester and human being have to concentrate about. But it’s very difficult for us to understand and observe everything. We are all running around all the situations. However, if we don’t understand certain things. It will become hard for us to differentiate on exactly the situation with what we want to learn. I believe this is the beginning of certain things as a part of our learning and it’s very few!
Guess what, I was watching iron man while writing this post.! 🙂
Simplest things are the ones which is really hard to figure it out and fix!
I have been wondering how to use my valuable weekends, this is what I could think off. I am gonna act like facebook (Stay connected always). There are lots of interesting people, conferences, workshops happening out there. One of the awesome way to gain knowledge. I have no idea how to share this, as I have very few contacts and I am still not visible to the superior nature out there 😉 I think this blog post can help me reach some awesome people and it has the ability to reach good limits.
Please read this pointers :
- Very importantly – No pointers 😀
- Ready to learn and listen anything, there is no specific topic
- I am ready to take some hands-on Mobile testing sessions at your place, but please do inform me in advance
- I like challenges, so please do inform me if you have any!
- If you are a developer, I can help you and I really understand you folks 🙂
- Mindmapping magic
- Anybody can teach me anything (Testing, Business, marketing and I do appreciate if you can teach me maths)
- As I am very afraid of traffic police in bangalore, so limited roaming
- And very importantly I am on diet for “some days” 😉 I can catch up in some coffee shops, malls and even terrace
- I am really new to this, so this post will get updated frequently according to my experience. Don’t get offended or something
- yay…!! Sports, can add me if you need some company. I play cricket, TT, tennis, football and ready to learn any!! 🙂
Folks, I am really a cool dude, not really too cool but wanted to. So, lets jump in, learn, explore. I am READY, how about you.?
And By the way, please do share this with as many people as possible. Because there are cool dude’s who have the same feeling and not really visible to the public.
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