How To Be a Good Team Mentor, Coach and a True Team-Defender in an Agile Testing World? – The Inspiration
You must be impressed with the ‘Idea’ AD and this time it is back with the ‘Walk when you talk’ idea. Abhishek Bacchan, who appears as a doctor in ‘Walk when you talk’ AD, this is a definitely out of an ordinary AD, but then, I wouldn’t expect anything else from the “Idea” AD; I love to see the AD and it’s one of my favorite AD since it’s place in line with my emotion and I hope with some of yours emotion as well.
Is it just an AD in changing the health and mind-set of people or an AD to increase the mobile connection sales?
I’m not even sure whether you would call it just another AD or maybe a hidden message for doctors or traditional seasoned managers, whom I have correlated it after seeing this AD. The context of roles is different but the consciousness prescription is the same ‘Practice what you preach’ – ‘Walk when you talk’
So, would I like to be classified under ‘walk and talk’ or ‘talk and talk’?
I certainly do not want to die yet another ‘talk and talk’ – preach and preach supervisor under at any context.
I have realized this time in Germany that I do not want to be a great tester, best supervisor, best test analyst but I do wish eagerly to be a ‘team-defender’, so that I can preach the team members what I have learnt from my mistakes for several years being a tester and on the deeper domain.
I also do not want to create and possess the best method of personal growth and make my profile very impressive in LinkedIn – yet I do want to keep my passion for testing skills’ alive in my profile. I don’t want to be treated just another resource for billable, but more to do with how valued I will be for the team.
I don’t like to create a bit of suspicious of skip level meeting amongst the team members, but I would like to be fairly judged by the team in written and having no known name or identity of the team members.
I don’t want to prove myself as an accomplished supervisor by showing sizeable numbers of direct-reports under my belt, but I’ll like to be the single point of contact for my team’s fear. I don’t want to be called as excel expert manager, who worries for numbers or percentages of work done, but I’ll like to be part of a self-management team.
I don’t want to be a clever supervisor, but I would like to be a fair and clear ‘team-defender’.
Now, please don’t think of this as a highly intellectual statement, I belong to the same class of individuals classified as tester, test lead, or test manager and know the importance and having the knowledge of the test operation, test management and as well as the painstaking, backbreaking, mind numbing effort that goes into making those pretty-looking presentations in PPT and every minute updating the spreadsheets. However, it is like one of those moments when some severity 1 and priority 1 defects falls in place from production and creates a panic at all level of management and you have to celebrate it by announcing it to the management that ‘We have verified the defect on-time’ and my boss consciousness would have said “Hooo…the team has saved my butt, lucky by chance” and hence, here I’m a step closer to the blessed state of knowingly doing what I’m suppose to do along with my team members – ‘walk when you talk’
Well said by great Sir Ji, chief architect of India (CAI):
"An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching“
You must be thinking, who the heck is great Sir Ji, CAI? Yes, you’re right!
This is a guest article by “Kajal Das“.
Kajal Das is a tester, working for LHS Ericsson, Germany as senior test expert and having practical telecoms CRM domain testing knowledge. He act as a point of contact between various telecoms service provider customers in determining all aspect of CRM testing being done in a practical and useful way.
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