In the last week I have seen a genuine call for help become a cause célèbre. I have witnessed first hand how my fellow test professionals have rallied around a Tester in need and said “you deserve to reach your goal” and join hundreds of other like-minded testing folk at the inaugural Let’s Test Oz conference in the beautiful town Blue Mountains town of Leura in New South Wales (Australia) in September.
What Kim’s plight (and subsequent outcome) has highlighted to me is that, while we regularly refer to ourselves as a community my belief is that we really have, in fact, acted more like a family. Families give unconditional care and support. Families don’t ask why, they just do what is needed. Families come to the aid of other family members when they’re most needed.
What has gone on over the past week is not an isolated occurrence, in my humble opinion. I have also witnessed the ongoing support provided to the Per Scholas initiative in the USA. This has been a truly inspiring level of support for an amazing cause – one that I would undoubtedly provide direct support to if I was living in the States.
So, as the Sister Sledge stated so stridently in the 80’s Disco era –
“Living life is fun and we’ve just begun
To get our share of the world’s delights
High hopes we have for the future
And our goal’s in sight.
No we don’t get depressed
Here’s what we call our global rule
Have faith in the things you do
You won’t go wrong
This is our family jewel…”
So, from this moment on, I will refer to the Context-Driven testing community as the Context-Driven family of Testers.
Dateline: Melbourne, Thursday July 24 2014