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Expert Testers Are Ironically A Bit Sherlock And 007

Expert Testers Are Ironically A Bit Sherlock And 007


Testers Have Skills …

… As a tester who has graduated to management but kept their hands-on I try to keep my skills to par.

With that in mind I’m lucky that I’m blessed with a great visual memory.

I was just watching the trailer for the new, upcoming season of BBC’s fantastic Sherlock on Mashable and at 24 seconds into the trailer there is a rooftop scene (also shown at the very start of the trailer).

Sherlock has his back to the camera, wearing his wool overcoat and he looks down from the rooftop on London with Big Ben in the distance.

Wait A Second!

My testers’ skills kicked in and I took a second look at the scene and immediately recalled that this was an almost exact copy of the rooftop scene at the end of the latest James Bond, Skyfall.

I decided to confirm this by checking and lo and behold I was right:

007 and Sherlock - Manual Testers

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Whilst this is an amusing case of being caught using the same striking view for a dramatic camera shot the same skills apply to Testers: –

  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong visual memory.
  • The ability to make intuitive associations on the fly / during testing.
  • Deductive reasoning.
  • Adherence to methodology without becoming bored from it.
  • A love of the chase (or discovery of a bug).

These are some of the things that can ensure that bugs get caught during Testing even by a Tester who has seen your Application in action before.

In a nutshell Testers need a little bit of 007 and a little bit of Sherlock in their skillset.

Who is managing your testing efforts?

12/12/2013: The post was changed due to some incredibly helpful advice you can find in the comments. One of the things I love about getting comments is the food for thought that can help reframe your perspective on an issue.



I’m curious as to why you identify yourself as a “manual” tester. Surely you do use tools; surely hands are at most a means of providing; surely you use your eyes (so why not “visual tester”?); and surely the brain—not the hands—is the body part most central to your work. Or am I missing something?

—Michael B.

Michael than you for taking the time to comment and challenging me on identifying myself this way. I’m job hunting right now and I’ve let the job descriptions I’ve been viewing recently affect my thinking; Israeli testing job requirements almost all specify “manual” or “automated”. Once again thanks for reframing this for me.

All the best,

Hi, Jonathan…

First… I’ve left out a word above: “surely hands are at most a means of providing input“.

Second… I’d encourage you not to let people who have blinkered vision define you, especially if you disagree with how they’re doing it. (If you agree, no problem.)

Third (and this is the important bit)… try this experiment: re-read your post, leaving the word “manual” out of it entirely. When I do that, it makes your point—and you—seem much more powerful to me.

All the best,

—Michael B.

Hi Michael,

I tried what you suggested and I see what you mean. I will be editing the post and title over the next day.

I would like to also write a new post including our comments to explain what led me to change the post and the food for thought you have given me, if that is okay with you.

Once again thank you for reading the post and for giving me the benefit of your insights.


Hi, Jonathan…

Yes, of course it’s okay with me. (It’s your blog!) And thank you.

—Michael B.

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