"The product is a solution".
From Cem Kaner, James Bach & Bret Pettichord, Lessons Learned in Software Testing.
I’d like to tell about responsibility a little bit.
In terms of business any activity has the product owner.
Conditionally you can put it in a «black box» with « SMART» goals formulated on the input and with the gained result of quality index/quantitative index. The «black box» filled with all ensuing requests and problems decompositions is smoothly going to micro levels wrapped into human resources.
You can’t delegate responsibility but you can distribute tasks according to your own power with a low/high gap for further growth zone. You can offer to choose some responsibility to your employee in the meantime monitoring on-line motivation and don’t devote energy to meaningless psychological tests. This is about business.
If we are going to the relation area here we are, me and you, not functions.
There is the most complex and limited part the «black box» inside. The part of your mostly painful tangency points but the points of real revelation and genuine greater intimacy. This part is required efforts, courage and maturity to see each other in a new light and reach arrangement. Take joint responsibility and live out it in tune.
The most important part within field of responsibility is responsibility for your life.
This is some recursion of all above said. Excellence to dispose of your life and awareness that only you know what the best is fitted to you and no one else. The life seeing and ability to note joy. Things that are going on Now and Here comprise your experience, your opportunities, your choice or its absence. This is your personal responsibility for «black box testing».