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The Difference Between the Camera and the Photographer

November 19th, 2007 · No Comments

Dave Kokoska sent me a link to an article this morning by Ken Rockwell that I think is terrific and is certainly applicable to the issues we face in IT. Here’s a quote:

You waste a lot of time worrying about your equipment and trying to afford better. After that first 20 years you finally get as good as all the other world-renowned artists, and one day when someone comes up to you asking for advice you have an epiphany where you realize that it’s never been the equipment at all.”

I think this is true of many of the IT disciplines as well: coding, testing, project leadership, project management, etc. They seem more like art than science to me (some of them, like performance testing, seem like downright voodoo black magic to me!). The tools can help, but they can’t make a bad tester good or a good project manager great.

You can read the rest of the article here.

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