The world is in a new, challenging, era. The fast spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) all across the globe is a real threat, mainly to people’s health, but also to the way we live, the way we interact with each other, our work, and our savings.
It is hard to see someone not being affected in the months to come. Directly or indirectly, we’re all in it together.
Restrictions and Limitations
To this day, many countries have declared a state of emergency and others are following it every day. In most cases it means that there are strict regulations on free travel, crowding, mass events (or events at all) and strong advice to simply stay home as much as possible.
Anyone entering another country (at the time of writing, it is still possible in a few countries) is required to enter a period of self-isolation. Companies are asked by governments to allow, even enforce, working from home. This is more easily applied in the high-tech industry, and specifically in software development projects. Many of which have anyway already implemented remote-work, as the norm.
Software Testing In Quarantine
Software testers are not different from anyone, and many find themselves in isolation, still working, but from home.
Rather than seeing it negatively, this temporary, odd period, can become a lemonade made of lemons:
- Testers are less influenced (or biased) by what the developers think is important to test, and can make better testing decisions.
- Testers are less affected by the pressure of project managers who have other considerations, sometimes contradicting the best testing practices, required time-table or tested areas.
- Isolation can be a way of avoiding the pressure of the development managers, who usually analyze the project/testing status via a developers eye, which as you know can be very different from a tester’s eye…
- And lastly, it can be a good way of avoiding the pressure of a COO/CEO (who are always after budget cuts).
Working from home can work even for those whose tested software is internal, locally stored on the company’s premises. It can be testing other – open – applications/websites, software, or it can be temporary solutions for secured remote access (e.g VPNs).
If that’s not an option, there are still many areas for a tester to work on – documentation, test writing, etc.
We wrote many times, in previous posts, about the importance of learning and keeping up with trends. Home isolation can be a good timing for that, when all other work is done or inaccessible.
We Are Committed
We hope this all will be soon over. Until then we wish all of our users, and everyone else, good health and promise we will keep working for you 24/7 same as we have always done.