Testing in the Age of Distraction
This paper accompanied Zeger van Hese’s presentation at EuroSTAR 2013 and was chosen as the Best Paper at the Conference.
“We live in curious times. Knowledge is available at our fingertips, everywhere. Social networks increase communication with peers from around the world but along with these marvels of the information age come weapons of mass distraction. With so little time to focus on real work, it’s a wonder we get anything done at all. More than anything else, this is the age of distraction.
There is a common notion that only focused concentration leads to productive work and that distraction causes procrastination and hurts creativity. While it is of course important that testers are able to find flow and maintain focus, I would argue that a state of defocus – guilt-free play – can be helpful in testing. Here I explain how to benefit from distraction, how to find flow and focus when needed, and – lastly – how to make the most of our testing in these connected times.“