How I learned to control my testing OCD – 5433

“Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, recurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.”
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml

Is OCD in testing real thing or it is a myth? Testers are usually the last line of software correctness defence. If something turns out wrong usual thinking is that first all eyes will be fixed on tester and a lot of questions will start popping up. This kind of thinking can lead your testing inline with OCD definition and run you as you actually have the disorder. So to answer on the question set on the beginning: if you believe in it it can definitely become a real thing.

In this presentation we will explain you how to prevent potentially finding yourself in “OCD situation”. Everyone in software development team has their role in defending the correctness of the feature. It is not “one-man show”. Potential issues can be found in early development phases; talks with the team can prevent many issues; using more testing techniques can prevent many issues; constantly learning about testing tools and innovations can prevent many issues…
In testing, although it might not seems like that, timing is crucial. By knowing how to use the right timing mechanism you can beat OCD and other issues tester encounter on their journey.