Tester's are doing it for themselves - Julie Gardiner - SoftTest Ireland
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    • Testers are doing it for themselves Julie Gardiner QST Consultants Ltd 46 Brooklands Drive, Gedling Nottingham, NG4 3GU email: info@qstc.co.uk http://www.qstc.co.uk © Copyright QST Consultants Ltd 1 tel: +44(0)7974 141436AgendaDifferent types of personal investmentTester’s mindset & attributes of a testerWhy you should invest in your owndevelopmentActions for personal investmentHow your companies can invest in youMaking it happenHow will you feel? 2 1
    • Investment can takemany forms... Time, cost, emotional wellbeing 3What about PersonalInvestment? What makes a good tester? 4 2
    • The Tester’s MindsetImpartial & challengingAnalyticalMethodical & thoroughCommunicator & sounding boardEnthusiastic, motivated & passionateOpen mindedAnd others... 5Attributes needed to be atesterA risk managerInformation providerSkilled and experiencedDisciplined and focusedConscientiousAble and willing to communicate effectivelyDiplomaticFlexible and adaptable 6 3
    • Why you should invest inyour own development You know best Demonstrates commitment to everyone Your employment might change, your goals should be transferable Helps management – feed personal goals into team objectives 7Investment - Time Read the books - All topics are covered Web Working Parties Discussion forums User Groups Experience White papers Find a Mentor 8 4
    • Investment - Cost Training – Testing – Technical – Soft skills Professional qualifications – ISEB/ISTQB Conferences Videos/DVD CBT/ on-line learning Books and magazines 9Investment - Emotional Personal pride Understand the benefits to be gained Maslow Hierarchy of needs 10 Http://web.utk.edu/~gwynne/maslow.HTM 5
    • How your company can invest in you (1) Career path for testers – Hierarchical – Flat – Functional Examples… All Career path slides taken from STARWest 2005 Tutorial how to build, support & add value to your test team by Lloyd Roden Grove Consultants and Julie Gardiner 11 QST Consultants Ltd Career model (1) : FlatAdvantages Disadvantages – simple - no opportunity to specialise in – one true (happy) team? any area – easier to rotate staff onto - pay rises may be limited many projects business - no technical aspects identified areas 12 6
    • Career model (2) : Hierarchical Test Manager Advantages – simple – some structure Team Leader(s) – key roles identified Disadvantages Senior Test Analyst(s) – structure is ‘management’ management’ focused – no reference to functional Test Analyst(s) skills – no technical aspects identified Trainee Test Analyst(s) 13 Career model (3) : Functional Functional Career Model Management Technical ApplicationTest Managers Senior Technician Non- Functional Functional Team Leaders DBA/Env Technician Test Designers Test DesignersTest Consultants Test Automator Test Executors Test Executors 14 7
    • Career model (3) :Functional Advantages Disadvantages management is not the may need to introduce only route! ‘trainee’ element to trainee’ awareness of the different decide which path to functions and skills within take the team suitability of the can swap from one column columns for the staff to another indicates that testing is more than testing 15Example of functionalcareer path Test Manager Test Consultant Test ConsultantTest Team Tools Process Test Team Lead Lead Senior Tester Tester Junior Tester 16 8
    • How your Company caninvest in you (2) Create Internal SIGIST Time set aside in project plans for – R&D – Coaching & mentoring Lunchtime sessions Library Conferences Training & Knowledge sharing – intranet 17Where do you go from here? 18 9
    • Making it Happen Personal – Where am I now? – Where do I want to be? – How do get there? – What investment can I make? – What will I get out of it? Small steps – quick wins & short term goals – long term goals 19How will you feel? Feel better in yourself – Growing/more confident within current role – Gaining skills/knowledge towards new role Proactive to new techniques/processes – Adaptable and flexible to the challenges you face in a company Remember Maslow! 20 10
    • SummaryYou can & should take ownership foryour investmentIt is important and motivationalInformation is available and don’tforget to share with othersDecide what investment you can makeKeep focused and don’t lose heartYou can make it happen! 21 Thank you! Julie Gardiner QST Consultants Ltd Email: julie@qstc.co.uk Mobile: +44 7974 141436 22 11