Ever heard about the Importance of Storytelling? I am sure you must have heard it many times. What I am not really sure about though is, how many of you took it seriously and evaluated or practices the Power of Storytelling.
If you have not given it enough attention yet, let me tell you that for a Tester, it is even more important to learn the art of Storytelling and use it to the fullest.
Do you wish Stakeholders listen to you? You wish when you speak about the quality of the product under test, or about a particular bug, your audience listen to it with interest and value it? Well in that case, irrespective of how powerful and insightful the information you have, you will have to convey it as a story to let it gain deserved attention and importance.
Knowing what Storytelling is, practicing it, and using it regularly is a MUST for any and every Tester who is serious about their work as a Tester. Leveraging the power of Storytelling is a MUST if you want to be a better Tester who gets respect in every narration of his/her.
Our topic for this article is to see how powerful Storytelling is in general, with an example. Hope you find some inspiration and start practicing it asap.
A few days back, in The Test Tribe Community, our Mumbai City Hero Geosley Andrades started an amazing thread wherein he shared a random image of He and Ajay Balamurugadas discussing something during TestAway. The challenge was to challenge your Storytelling skills and share the possible stories based on the image shared. Here it is:
You see the reactions and comments count? Does it tell how awesome the entire thread was?
First to get the ball rolling was one of the best Poet/Shayar Tester I know, Rahul Verma. Here comes his first attempt:
Next to hit was Ajay Balamurugadas(who also happens to be one of the characters in the Story image). Read his story which has a funny shade.
I decided to go next and share my version of the story. But let me confess something first. I wrote the story without observing the image carefully. Maybe with Chapora fort(Image location) what struck me is a very serious conversation about life(I seriously hope you have watched Dil Chahta Hai ! If not, please do it. It’s a gem! ). So lost in my own world, I wrote my version of the story after a quick glance at the image. I later realized the image does not look serious enough to suit my story. 😀 Anyway, here it is:
Next to attempt was Trina and she talked on one of everyone’s favorite from TestAway, that is Mafia. Hear her out. 🙂
Meanwhile, (heard of a creativity flow of an Artist?) Rahul came up with his second story. Here it is:
Priyabrata entered the competition and showed his poet side with some good message.
Sharath is here. Ohh my! He has talked about both RCB and Ambani in one story. You know the winner between both already right? 😀
Priyabrata is back. And this time with even deeper and moving story.
Niraj also thought of sharing something and came with a fictional want for TestAway tees. 🙂
And Rahul is here again. Witty side this time. You are going to love this one(if you understand Hindi 🙂 ).
Food and Food is always welcome. Here goes Ashish.
Meanwhile, Anandi has picked a usual Dev-Tester argument and framed a story around the same. Wonderful how imagination works, isn’t it?
By now you already know Rahul and his diverse storytelling skills. He is here again and he is here to make you nostalgic. Thank him later.
I did not notice Geosley’s glasses look actually like that till the time Ajay posted this. Reminder: Have put your glasses on?
Nikita shared a small but effective(and scary? :D) story. Ajay seems to be shocked already.
Knowing Ramit for some time now, I kind of knew his Artist side. He entered the thread with a beautiful piece of writing.
The extraterrestrial story is here. Anita is the one who brought this with her imagination.
Mayank was late but how strongly he entered. He has talked about lots of things which are a buzz word nowadays and how wonderfully he has framed the conversation. Deep 🙂
Also happens to be the longest story of thread.
So we are done and Geosley is announcing the winner.
Do you see how powerful storytelling can be? Imagine with this power you are narrating your Test Ideas, Test Stories, Bugs, Risks, etc. Believe me, it would bring so much power to your narrative and, most importantly, you would be heard. People would want to hear from you.
Please search, read and practice Storytelling and apply it in Testing.
Feel free to share how you found this post and even better, share your version of the story in comments. Thanks for reading.