The Invasion of the Bodyshoppers – Part II

Here is a list of ideas on overcoming the influence of the bodyshoppers

  • Understand your commitments and ethics – usually bodyshoppers pimp out their *testers* for the sake of profit not skill
  • Look at the reputation of the tester – I mean the real reputation. Look beyond what some so called bodyshop test practice manager thinks. A real reputation means how the tester is viewed by the community and fellow testers
  • Following on from that, what contribution does the tester make to the testing community? Do they blog or do they attend events? On a smaller (but just as important) scale, do they mentor fellow testers?
  • Don’t feel the need to conform to *standards* – ISTQB, ITIL – whatever – most organisations ask for them but don’t really do anything with them making these standards irrelevant. The best standard is your own skill and reputation
  • Confront the bodyshop consultant that begins to use terms such as best practice – there is no such thing! The bodyshop is spews best practice to make like they have the *answer*. Our job as real testers is to challenge such nonsense
  • Bodyshops will say that they support the industry but sponsor nothing events that generate – nothing.  Look for events that are actually worthwhile (KWST in New Zealand or CAST or Rapid Software Intensive in the US for example)
  • Challenge those that see testing as a set process to follow – i.e. join the dots testing – that is the worst kind and must be fought vigorously!
  • If in a bodyshop, leave when you can – come to the light
  • Resist joining the bodyshoppers – consider going out on your own

These are some ideas for now – what other ideas do you have that can help overcome the bodyshoppers?


Author: bjosman

Principal Consultant at OsmanIT

One thought on “The Invasion of the Bodyshoppers – Part II”

  1. yes, we all hate bodyshoppers. they hire themselves, or others out at ridiculously cheap rates, and clients hire them because they don’t understand the difference between a ‘body’ and a real tester or QA person. The best combat for a bodyshopper is to ask them how they improve software quality. If they say, ‘I find bugs’, then we can shoot them, since we know finding bugs is NOT the answer, but about 1/100 of it.

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