Testing, calling all employees to test the latest and greatest whatever. Raise your hand if testing is your thing. Hmmm, no hands up that I see.
If your boss and co-workers are understanding like mine are, you can volunteer for testing and enjoy it. I’ll admit I chickened out first and sent a note to my supervisor to inform him I had not lost all my marbles, and another note to the developer who asked for a tester of a survey he created so he would know I was just a gal wanting to have fun.
The survey asked if I encrypted stored sensitive data and I replied, “No.” When the survey then inquired as to why, I said, “because I’m silly.” I probably should have said “stupid.” To describe the data at rest, I responded, “they’re tired.”
The survey proceeded to ask what encryption method I used (“scissors”, of course) and about the process (“Cut, Paste and Attach,” which is what CPA (which I am professionally) also stands for). The questions continued to ask where I send the data (“Gilligan’s Island”) and how I identified the data (“closed my eyes and threw rubber darts”). As to who could view the info via the dashboards, I answered, “bumper car drivers.”
The survey then queried me about sensitive data being transferred and how it was identifed. I said, “eenie, meenie, minie, moe.” As to why the data is in transit, I replied, “it’s got places to go.” How did I keep the data from the falling into the wrong hands–that’s easy: “I used cotton candy to make it stick.” To the question about describing the user profiles, I answered, “carnies.” Where did I transfer it–“to Captain Kangaroo.”
Now who’s smiling and wants to do testing with me? Ahhh, I see a few hands up. Make work enjoyable and you’ll perform your duties better, faster and with less stress. Whose responsibility is it to make work fun? Yours.