Some Words on Observation Proficiency - Part I

One important element of software testing is applying the right set of methods, approaches and actions in the right context in order to gain data. Another important element then is observation of the data. By observing well it is that you find potential bugs. Therefore - as a self-respecting tester - it is probably a good idea to become a good observer.

I like Wikipedia’s definition of observation:

“Observation is either an activity of a living being, such as a human, consisting of receiving knowledge of the outside world through the senses, or the recording of data using scientific instruments.”

But, how to become a better observer?

Deliberate practice leads to proficiency, and because I enjoy providing a good service - voilà - here’s an opportunity to hone your skill. What do you see on the picture below?


If you feel like it, you may let me know your solution here.

Games have always been the most efficient (and at the same time most joyful) approach to learning. It is by playing games that kids learn about life. Lumosity is an excellent website that I highly recommend if you want to train your observation skills. I like the games Bird Watching, Space Junk or Top Chimp.

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