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Testers Differ: Gathering a Strong Testing Team

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hire testing teamIt’s well-known that different personalities contribute better into a strong team. Speaking of a testing team, this heuristic is also true, so it’s a wrong idea to choose one comfortable type of tester to grade the rest people against it. Instead, team leaders and managers should explore different patterns of temperament and skill among testers to gather a solid team.

Let’s consider the following types of testers and differentiate their strong and weak points.

1. Administrative Tester

Strengths: They like doing the tasks right, clear the obstacles and get things done. They enjoy the paperwork about testing, prefer to attend the meetings, get the resources, track the agreements, update the dashboards etc.

Weaknesses: They are inclined to care more about visible apparatus of testing rather than on some intellectual details.

2. Technical Tester

Strengths: Speaking the same language with developers, they are great testability advocates. They think generally in terms of programming code, are acute in building and using tools.

Weaknesses: Preferring to learn about tools more than about testing, they tend to avoid testing things they can’t easily test with their tools.

3. Analytical Tester

Strengths: They love models, typically enjoys mathematics, create matrices, outlines and diagrams, read long specs and prefer combination testing.

Weaknesses: If they feel they can’t model some test case easily, they are prone to ignore it, which causes their planning paralysis.

4. Social Tester

Strengths: They acknowledge that no individual can have the whole problem solution and prefer working in a team rather than alone. They strive to cultivate credibility and services they can offer others.

Weaknesses: Such testers are inclined to laziness and too much talking at the work’s expense.

5. Empathic Tester

Strengths: These testers are always immersed in the product since they see empathize with users their primary method. People with no technical background primarily adopt this pattern following with social and administrative tester patterns.

Weaknesses: They often have problems with expressing in words what and how they are doing.

Thus, only after learning about these tester types and analyzing the strengths and weaknesses can managers fulfill their task of a perfect team building.

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