30 second decision

Tester sometimes needs to act very fast. And that action should be based on decision that is made based on information and his testing knowledge. In this blog post I will give example how I made a 30 second decision that was not related with software testing, but was related with somebody's life circumstance.

Here is excellent example from James Bach what is context driven tester:

From the moment when I saw for the first time this video, I put it on my software testing craft training list. I reply it and try to approach to my testing issues in that way. Sometimes I apply that skill automatically.

Here is example from real life situation. I was heading home from grocery shopping and my hands were full of bags. I was in a hurry. Then on bus stop, one elderly lady asked me to give her 20 kunas (3 $). She was on the verge of tears. She needed it because she was visiting her husband in hospital and she wanted to buy him some juice.

I immediately started to process information:

I automatically processed that information in my had, a gave her 20 kunas. Based on that facts, my conclusion was that her story was truthful. I have never seen that lady ever again begging for the money, which also could prove that her situation was real and one time life event.