Imagine this hypothetical scene…starting a new job as a test specialist, for a company with a good size test team. Told on the first day that
“they are a bunch of mavericks! They just play about with the system. What I want is to you to give them structure, standards, documentation, and get them in line.”

Cue moral dilemma.

Are they really a bunch of mavericks or are they just creative people struggling to adhere to rules and regulations.

After speaking with them I’m sure that they do know their stuff, they’re pretty switched on, and they’ve got the experience of working there for years. Maybe they have become disenchanted with the whole thing and they need a change…a change like the freedom to allow them to do the testing that they think they need rather than follow procedures. Where’s the creativity in following rules and regulations, writing pages and pages of plans when you could be unleashing that creativity and that knowledge of the systems and letting them get stuck in, let their hair down, paint the system red!

Now I’d love to be able to go back to my boss and say this, but I’m paid to do a job. And right now the job I’m paid to do is what my boss tells me to do. It doesn’t feel comfortable, but I think I’d better wait until I’ve proved myself, before I start making suggestions that could lead to a mutiny!

2 comments on “Mavericks!

  1. Phil Kirkham on said:

    What is your boss exactly asking for ? Why does he feel the need for this structure and standards ? Does he really want that or does he want a better insight into the testing that is going on ? What problem is he trying to solve by asking you to do what he wants ?

  2. Matt on said:

    I forgot to mention that my boss joined the company 3 months ago and came from a top 10 UK retail bank, which I can only assume was packed floor to ceiling with policies and procedures.

    One problem that I know is high on my boss’ agenda is a current failure to push back on acceptance into test when there is a lack of requirements/documentation. A clear problem, however there are more efficient ways of filling the blanks than forcing Analysts to write pages of text.