by Jennifer Lent
Courage may be an unlikely topic to come up at a testing conference. But in a Lightning Strikes the Keynotes session at STARWEST, Bob Galen, of RGalen Consulting, talked about the ways in which courage should guide the work of test professionals.
- The courage to try new things. You might fail, but go for it anyway.
- The courage to slow down. Experiment with a different approach to a test project. It will slow you down in the short run but it might be more efficient for the long haul.
- The courage to listen to your customer. Be willing to make changes.
- The courage to engage in reality during retrospectives. Tell the truth – not want people want to hear.
- The courage to challenge silo thinking. Encourage “swarming” around tasks instead of going it alone.
- The courage to apply craftsmanship to everything you do.
- The courage to push back on leadership and negotiate. Under what conditions would you say no to a project?
- The courage to give yourself a break. Take some slack time to think.
- The courage to be totally transparent.
- The courage to change. Don’t be stuck in your ways.
- The courage to build quality into your work.
- The courage to trust your team, trust your leaders, trust yourself.
- The courage to allow others to shine. Give them the spotlight. It’s not about you.
- The courage to deliver courage in a graceful way so that you are effective. Courage needs grace.