The wasted time
No, I am not talking about the time wasted before we told our beloved ones that “I love you”. Nor I am talking about the time wasted in picking the wrong route in your career and then correcting it later.
And yes, I am talking about the wasted time at workplace.
This is a vast subject and there have been enough studies on it which claim that 34% of respondents waste daily 30 minutes or so and the top reasons range from too many meetings to a bad boss. And though many believe that wasting people’s time is an ultimate sin that management can never afford yet we seldom take actions about it or even talk about it.
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This space being dedicated to the software testers and making their lives better, I did a small survey with few of my colleagues. My question was very simple:
“What is the average time you actually spend on testing out of your 8 hours daily work?”
The answers I got tells me that the time is approximately 5 hours which means that about 37% of time is “wasted” in terms of that Tester is busy with a “work” other than actual testing. The conversation also pointed out that the major culprits for this time wastage are testing related stuff including preparing test environments, generating test data, updating (useless) lengthy test documents and so on.
There has been separate discussion on this topic and they are also worth reading.
This sounded alarming to me and I thought to take it to a wider forum and do a survey on “wasted time in software testing”. Can you please help me by spending just 2 minutes of your precious time?
Let’s work together to bring this time back to Testers so that they test more and discover more!