I subscribe to a very excellent blog called “Manage Your Writing“. And today’s absolute gem of a post included a quote which hit home with me. The quote could almost have been written for testers.
In her book Leadership and the New Science, Margaret J. Wheatley wrote:
For a system to remain alive, for the universe to move onward, information must be continually generated. If there is nothing new, or if the information that exists merely confirms what is, then the result will be death. Isolated systems wind down and decay, victims of the law of entropy. The fuel of life is new information–novelty–ordered into new structures. We need to have information coursing through our systems, disturbing the peace, imbuing everything it touches with new life.
“We need to have information coursing through our systems, disturbing the peace, imbuing everything it touches with new life.” <– I love that line.
I’ve been accused of “disturbing the peace” of projects in the past. I’ve been accused of generating too much information, too many bugs, too many risks, too many…..yada yada. But could that be the essence of what testers do? We move projects forward by generating information, feedback and insights for the stakeholders? Isn’t it our jobs to seek out new information, to NOT merely confirm X is X, to push boundaries of learning and information gathering? Yes, No, Maybe?