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The bigger the rock, the smaller the pieces need to be

You know what I really, really value in a fellow professional in the information technology delivery world? That special, magical ability to decompose a large (and potentially complex problem) into small, simple subtasks.
A child can do this right? This is 'Being a Human Being 101.' So why is it a behaviour that eludes a large percentage of those in the information technology industry. This is a trait of people who I like to call 'people who get things done.' Not through heroism or great feats against monolithic bureaucracies, but a simple application of critical thought.
Is there a problem here?
People like the idea of building big stuff, stuff to "get hold of", its very grand to say we're building an "enterprise level" application. In that vein, I hear "well, this a step change to the product" or "there is no value in splitting up the project into smaller deliverables" on a regular basis. The justifications of the desperate, d…

If you don't believe it, why should anyone else?

The question of what skills do testers need intrigues me. 
This always occurs to me when engaged in the search for 'good' people to hire. We (as in the technical sphere) tend to hire predominantly on 'skills.' Very rarely do we look for behaviours, even rarer we consider beliefs.
After some consideration (and no little practical finger-burning), starting with skills is often a false position, starting with beliefs can be much more powerful.
The following question always strikes me, when I consider this context. How many testers you know can give you explanation of what they believe the essence of testing is? I know relatively few. In fact, I often received the look of a startled rabbit when I lead with this question. You do it every day, but you can't tell me what you believe it is?
To not be compelling with what you believe testing to be puts you and your chosen vocation at a significant disadvantage when interacting with those who are sceptical about its value. To be…