Recently I read the he book “Be More Pirate” by Sam Conniff. It is about the strategies and mindsets of pirates and how they can be applied to modern-day business. The book explores the history of pirates and their reputation for being rebellious, innovative, and daring. Sam suggests that these qualities are just as relevant in today’s business world as they were on the high seas.

The book encourages us to adopt a pirate mindset and apply the principles of rebellion, rewriting the rules, reorganizing processes, redistributing power, retelling stories to drive positive change and disrupt the status quo.

While the book is not specifically about software testing or Agile development, its principles can be applied to many different areas of business, including software development and testing.

Pirates Mind-set

The fundamental stages from a pirates mind-set for creating change are:

  • Rebel: In an Agile team, it’s important to challenge the status quo and be willing to try new things. As a software tester, you can advocate for changes to the testing process that can improve the quality of the software. This means being willing to experiment with new testing approaches, techniques and tools.
  • Rewrite: As a software tester, you have the power to rewrite the rules around how testing is done. This means questioning assumptions about what is possible and challenging the way things have always been done. For example, you could advocate for changes to the testing process that could improve the quality of the software, such as introducing new testing tools or techniques.
  • Reorganize: The “Reorganize” principle is about improving efficiency and productivity. As a software tester, you can work with the team to reorganize the testing process to make it more streamlined and effective. For example, you could suggest changes to the testing schedule or prioritize testing activities based on business needs.
  • Redistribute: In an Agile team, everyone has a role to play in the development process. As a software tester, you can work to redistribute testing responsibilities across the team. For example, you could encourage developers to take on more testing tasks or work with product owners to ensure they are involved in testing activities.
  • Retell: Communication is key in an Agile team, and as a software tester, you need to be able to effectively communicate the results of your testing. This means being able to retell the story of the software and its quality in a way that resonates with stakeholders. For example, you could use data visualization techniques to create better testing reports or work with the team to develop user stories that better capture the testing process.

Be open to new ideas and ways of doing things in an Agile team. By adopting the mindset of rebellion, rewriting rules, reorganizing processes, redistributing responsibilities, and effectively retelling the story of the software testing, team members, and thus also the testers can help drive positive change and improve the quality of the software being developed.

The pirate mindset can provide a unique and beneficial approach to software testing. By embracing the spirit of adventure, collaboration, adaptability, creativity, and fearlessness, testers can help ensure that the software they are testing is of the highest quality possible. You might just be surprised at how much positive change you can bring to the team. So, arrrrrrrr you ready to be more pirate in your testing?