If testers had a mission statement, what would it be?

The Starbucks Mission Statement is: "Our mission: to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.

Amazon's mission statement says: It's our goal to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything at Amazon.com. According to their mission statement, Amazon is focused on taking care of their customer for starters.

Nike's mission statement is "To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

Virgin Atlantic's: Our mission statement is simple, yet the foundation of everything we do at Virgin Atlantic Airways... to embrace the human spirit and let it fly.

What should our (one sentence) mission as software testers be?

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Weird timing. We just had to go through this exercise two weeks ago. I used to laugh at these exercises, but when you take it seriously, I really have to sit back and rethink "What in the hell exactly am I doing?"

This is what I started with:

"We exist to provide insightful, concise information to our stakeholders in order them to make informed, timely decisions."

Is that finance analyst who does that? :)

Actually, I think that you know what you are doing, just that it isn't so easy to express, because we do a lot more than actual testing.

I would hope your finance analysts are not providing information related to testing. That would be a complete waste of their time.

I mean that your statement does not say anything about testing or software, therefore anyone could fit :)

Just a joke :)

"We find reasons why to improve the software!"

The sarcastic version: "We know the software is broken: we tell you where and how bad the break is."

The polite version: "We provide an open, honest line of communication to stakeholders about the quality of the software we test."

Both mean the same thing.

This is a clouded area at my company and not just because it's in an 'employee age' transitional state. The old guard are retiring and new blood is slowly trickling through. The oldies are still stuck in a 2001 way of thinking. They were only functional checking against the requirements as their entire 'testing' process until us young guns came along. Now we've got them asking questions like this. I think me and the team finally agreed on this;

"It's our job as software testers to ensure that the application under development is the best it can be for the user who is paying for it."

The triple constraints of Project Management, Scope, Time, Cost are not our problem. We are the Investigators. Or Professional Cynics as I like to call us. 

"To use best judgement at all times, and help others do so to." Seems to fit the bill for me, if we actually had to have one.

"You make it, We break it to ensure Quality" is what my mission statement it.

"To provide a pragmatic view of whether the software can be released with an understanding that certain parts may not work exactly as intended, or not."



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