I’m a fan of detective stories and recently I have been watching a lot of Sherlock Holmes. There is a recurring plot line that happens at various instances, where Sherlock would give amazing insight about a person just by looking at the person for a minute. On one such instance, Sherlock explains how he came to his conclusions, listening to which the person exclaims – “Oh! I thought there is some cleverness to it. It was so simple!!”. Offended by the remark, Sherlock replies – “Omne Ignotum Pro Magnifico!“. Watson quickly translates it to – “Everything becomes commonplace after explanation” which Sherlock doesn’t like and says it is a loose translation.
It caught my attention and through my web search, I came to know that it is a Latin phrase which means –
“Everything unknown appears magnificent”.
As a testing professional, which path should we choose – the path to look magnificent by hiding knowledge about our bug finding secrets or the path to enable others to look beyond the magnificence & learn how to do it by breaking complexity into simple parts?
I have met people from both categories who have done good for themselves. The very reason that I chose to coach others is that I fall into the latter category.