Turning your personal weaknesses into your testing strength

Studies show people suffering from Dyslexia are more prone to be good entrepreneurs, many of the most influential CEOs are known to have some degree of ADHD, and I guess we all know a brilliant peer who is suspected to have some level of OCD.

There is a link to all these facts.

Children with some sort of disadvantage learn to create mechanisms to overcome these issues and to be on par with their friends. These same children, when they reach adulthood and the workplace, are many times better adapted to climb around obstacles and approach issues in a different way, helping them to succeed better and faster than their “normal” peers.

In this session I want to approach this fact both in theory, using research studies and statistics, but also from a personal perspective checking my voyage through life (personal and professional) while having undiagnosed ADHD.

How in hindsight I learned to work around it, and how today this makes me a different (and maybe even a better) tester than many of my peers.

We will close the session with an example of how organizations worldwide are doing a great job at incorporating people in the Asperger Spectrum into the professional testing community.

Key takeaways

  • Demonstrate how coping with personal obstacles and disabilities makes an individual stronger and more capable when facing challenges.
  • Recognize we all have our personal weaknesses and we should see them as opportunities to grow.
  • Explain how someone else’s disabilities (in a job interview for example) should be treated as abilities indicators and not disabilities.
  • Understand how one can live through his life without recognizing and naming his disabilities, and how this can affect his life and his surroundings.
  • Demonstrate how incorporating individuals with disabilities can build a stronger team and improve the overall work environment.
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