The other day someone sent me an email asking me how to stand out from the masses in the Testing world. I responded by suggesting they engage in the community, join groups that interest them, read about any other subject that interests them but isn’t directly considered a Testing information source and to start learning and practicing Testing.
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There was some quote or reference that was nagging me though which I felt would sum up this delima.
The following popped in to my head this morning at around 4am..I believe this was the quote I was searching for. It was from P.T.Barnum in his book “Art of Money Getting Or, Golden Rules for Making Money” which I think sums up a commonly held view about Testing. It is a conversation between two people.
“I have not yet decided which profession I will follow. Is your profession full?”
“The basement is much crowded, but there is plenty of room up-stairs,” was the witty and truthful reply.
As more people flood in to this industry we are seeing a devaluing of our role and are a-wash with testers, many of which appear to all have the same skillset.
I know there will always be a market for interchangeable test “resource” but believe me, many people I speak to are having serious problems recruiting good testers.
It’s not from a shortage of applicants, but more from a shortage of talent.
So as we see the “basement” being filled with even more testers, with an even more bewildering set of certifications and best practices I can’t help but wonder what people will start to do to differentiate themselves from the masses in the future.
Do you think our profession is getting full?
Do you think there is a lack of talent or are companies becoming more specific?
Do you think it’s a lack of talent, or an unwillingness to be open minded about Testing?
Do you agree that there is a shortage of excellent testers? (I know this is subjective)
How do you think Testers could start to make a difference to their skillsets?