Name your 3 top testing skills. ONLY 3, you can do it

Name your 3 top testing skills. ONLY 3, you can do it.

We had some rather interesting answers to this request on Twitter and LinkedIn. I really want to know what your 3 are…

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Learning
Imagination
Tenacity

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Deviousness
Pessimism
Memory

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Care
Curiosity
Courage

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Creativity
Affability
Passion

4th would have either been singing or dancing.

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Systems thinking
Bug advocacy
Learning

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Asking Questions
Writing Things Down
General Weirdness

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Not knowing where to find the box to think outside of
Serendipity (i.e. accidentally landing on the scenario that will find problems without even thinking about it)
Having a brain (and using it)

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Be aware of the power of our Tester Mindset
Keep focusing on risks and quality
Know the right time to STOP testing

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Interesting skills, I think Deviousness might be my favourite tbf

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Is Serendipity a skill that’s repeatable? Or is the skill curiosity?

General Weirdness for the win.

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Serendipity is a skill - it requires knowing what you’re doing to the extent that you bypass conscious reasoning to land straight on whatever the problem happens to be. Which would make it something of a composite skill since it’s melding observation, general weirdness, knowledge of users, and then picking the one aspect of all of that which is most likely to be fragile.

I can repeat it a lot.

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Learning…:smiley:

I love to learn new things…

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Memory
Attention to Details
Learning Capacity

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Integration Testing
Interrogating Developers for information
Reading between the lines (Requirements)

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I’m now thinking of this Masterclass with Alexandra Schladebeck - Exploratory Testing: What are microheuristics and how can you find and use them? I love that you’ve taken Serendipity as a skill. Makes me happy. I think we shift the definition, from an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident, to an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident repeatedly on purpose :slight_smile:

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Curiosity, I always ask, perfectionist

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  • Imaginative
  • Experiment
  • Curiosity
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User perspective
“Combativeness” (I try and back up what I find with proof rather than opinion)
Common sense (this works well in combination with user perspective)

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