Some of the most successful and highly regarded test teams are comprised of individuals passionate about their role and committed to performing at their best. Unfortunately, in many organizations testing remains to be viewed as a less than fulfilling role, requiring little or no skill. Many individuals enter the role underwhelmed and unaware of the positive and rewarding challenge it can bring.
So how can individuals be inspired to be passionate about their role as testers? Where does inspiration and passion come from? As managers, leaders and colleagues committed to the success and excellence of the software testing industry, we play an important role in inspiring others and advocating for the craft of software testing.
Passion by definition is: extreme, compelling or intense emotional drive or excitement. Passion has its own energy, one that is observable and transferable. Inspiration by definition is: an inspiring influence; any stimulus to creative thought or action. Inspiration can be compared to a fingerprint, it is different for every person. It is the spark for motivation where motivation leads to action. Testers who are passionate about the craft of software testing are inspired. Where does inspiration come from? Inspiration comes from within. So how can we foster an environment for testing inspiration to grow? Consider the following:
- Be passionate yourself!
- Share your interests and motivation for the craft
- Share your perspectives on the benefits and challenges of being a software tester
- Advocate for testing within your organization
- Provide coaching and mentoring opportunities
- Encourage learning opportunities as knowledge can spark a new level of energy and commitment
To inspire others it is important to be passionate yourself. Be mindful it takes time, patience, understanding, and energy to share your passion. Motivate yourself to continue to grow and stretch your own definitions of excellence. Seek out new sources of inspiration by:
- Extending your network of software testers and interesting minds
- Discussing and constructively debating ideas
- Challenging yourself to seek out perspectives that differ from your own
- Considering sources not directly related to software testing and find synergy in the concepts
Understandably, not everyone will be inspired by the craft of software testing. Focus your time and energy on those who are intrigued by your passion. I have found sharing my passion to be a very rewarding experience.