Think about this all the time!

1. Do I still feel like I'm in a groove?
2. Have I done anything innovative today?
3. How could I update my test data?
4. Can I think of at least three different ways to run each of the tests I just ran?
5. Am I still having fun?

From the article “Take the "Groove Test" and Get Out of Your Rut” by Elisabeth Hendrickson

1. What do I need to do to find defects earlier?
2. What do I need to do to discover high-severity defects and discover them earlier?
3. What can I do to reduce the amount of test time needed?
4. Is there another way I could test in order to increase your value to the organization?

From article “Testing Your Worth” by Johanna Rothman

1. Do I understand the existing environment?
2. Do I build on the best -- don't reinvent the wheel?
3. Do I make measurable, incremental improvements?
4. Do I focus on projects and products, not organization?
5. Do I keep people informed and involved?

From "Principles of Process Improvement" by Ian Spence

The Seven Basic Principles of the Context-Driven School

  1. The value of any practice depends on its context.

  2. There are good practices in context, but there are no best practices.

  3. People, working together, are the most important part of any project's context.

  4. Projects unfold over time in ways that are often not predictable.

  5. The product is a solution. If the problem isn't solved, the product doesn't work.

  6. Good software testing is a challenging intellectual process.

  7. Only through judgment and skill, exercised cooperatively throughout the entire project, are we able to do the right things at the right times to effectively test our products.

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