Browsing through the options, I realized I was feeling uneasy, almost afraid. What if I would find software where I could not find bugs? What if I couldn't come up with insights of any kind? What if I can test the system I test at work, but not other systems? On the other hand, I know that I know what I'm doing when testing. But facing a new system, I could not help but feeling like I was an impostor.
The feeling took me back to time three years ago, when I had been doing test management with way too little hands-on testing. I felt similar fear and uncertainty back then. I think I feel it with every system I start with, and it fades away as I grow into the product I'm testing.
The feeling passed quickly when I found insights of things that are missing and things that don't quite work. I started building a mindmap, collecting things I would need to look into and their connections. That alone made me feel useful, something tangible to tell the story of where I focused on was being created. But the bugs in particular gave back my confidence.
Knowing that I still have it is comforting: the ability to learn new products to find out how they might not provide the value they're expected to. I will need that when jumping into the world of unit testing. This workshop is about to be so much fun. See some of you there - XP2015 in end of May in Helsinki?