The Starbucks Mission Statement is: "Our mission: to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.
Amazon's mission statement says: It's our goal to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything at Amazon.com. According to their mission statement, Amazon is focused on taking care of their customer for starters.
Nike's mission statement is "To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.
Virgin Atlantic's: Our mission statement is simple, yet the foundation of everything we do at Virgin Atlantic Airways... to embrace the human spirit and let it fly.
What should our (one sentence) mission as software testers be?
Weird timing. We just had to go through this exercise two weeks ago. I used to laugh at these exercises, but when you take it seriously, I really have to sit back and rethink "What in the hell exactly am I doing?"
This is what I started with:
"We exist to provide insightful, concise information to our stakeholders in order them to make informed, timely decisions."
Is that finance analyst who does that? :)
Actually, I think that you know what you are doing, just that it isn't so easy to express, because we do a lot more than actual testing.
I would hope your finance analysts are not providing information related to testing. That would be a complete waste of their time.
I mean that your statement does not say anything about testing or software, therefore anyone could fit :)
Just a joke :)
"We find reasons why to improve the software!"
The sarcastic version: "We know the software is broken: we tell you where and how bad the break is."
The polite version: "We provide an open, honest line of communication to stakeholders about the quality of the software we test."
Both mean the same thing.