Don’t let anyone hold you back

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I’ll never forget the sadness that was conveyed in Cheryll’s words as she politely, but carefully, rejected what would be my very last submission to a popular testing magazine. Me and Cheryll had history. I’d submitted 10 articles to the magazine, and 10 times she had sent me the rejection email.

It wasn’t her rejected me, it was the editor, but she knew my pain. She was the messenger.

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How do you measure the effectiveness of a tester? The only calculation you need.

A perennial question I get asked is how do you measure the effectiveness of a tester?

I respond with “Why do you want to measure the effectiveness of the testers in your team?”

I do this to try and understand the motives behind why measures of individual’s performance are important to managers (as it’s typically managers that ask me that).

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