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How to be a better tester

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I would like to give some thoughts about what it means to be better tester. Who can and should be a better tester? Why someone may want to be still better in his/her job. I will concentrate on …

I would like to give some thoughts about what it means to be better tester. Who can and should be a better tester? Why someone may want to be still better in his/her job. I will concentrate on personal development as opposed to training courses. There are some traits a tester should posses and they cannot be taught on courses. How to acquire and develop those traits?
Companies always need better people, especially now in the days of staggering economy. Is it possible to motivate people for personal growth? And if it is how to do that? I would like to show the way organizations can enable and facilitate personal growth of testers to the mutual benefit of employers and employees.

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  • 1. HOW TO BE A BETTER TESTER TESTWAREZ 2009 [email_address]
  • 2.
  • 3. CONTENTS
    • t raits of a tester
    • w hy to be a better tester?
    • w ays of development
    • d eliberate practice
    • d eliberate practice at work
  • 4. SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE OF A TESTER
    • knowledge about testing process and techniques
    • technical knowledge
    • domain knowledge
    • personal traits
  • 5. GOOD TESTER (ISTQB FL)
    • curiosity
    • professional pessimism
    • critical eye
    • attention to detail
    • good communication with development peers
    • experience on which to base error guessing
  • 6.
  • 7. WHY TO BE A BETTER TESTER?
    • those who do not go forward, fall back
      • computer science develops
      • organizations develop
      • other testers develop
    • tester’s traits
      • curiosity
      • critical eye
  • 8. DEVELOPMENT OF A TESTER
    • training courses
    • conferences
    • self development through books and articles
    • hands on experience in projects
  • 9. DEVELOPMENT ZONES
  • 10. DELIBERATE PRACTICE
    • one has to intentionally strain to develop oneself
    • one has to exercise every day
    • one has to regard it as most important
    • it has to be hard
    • it does not need to be pleasurable
  • 11. DELIBERATE PRACTICE IN ORGANIZATIONS
    • quarterly or yearly appraisals
    • salary brackets
    • corporate position ladders
    • inspire (not command)
    • corporate culture that promotes personal development
    • have mentors
    • Don’ts
    • Dos
  • 12. DELIBERATE PRACTICE BEFORE WORK
    • examine your believes that work and practice is beneficial to you
    • set goals for today
      • SMART
      • from development zone
    • make plan of achieving the goals
  • 13. DELIBERATE PRACTICE DURING WORK
    • execute your tasks
    • observe yourself and the way you are working
    • correct yourself
  • 14. DELIBERATE PRACTICE AFTER WORK
    • appraise your work
    • measure to what extent you have achieved the goals
    • get to know what you have done well and what poorly
  • 15.
  • 16. GOALS FOR TESTERS
    • standards
      • IEEE 829
      • ISO/IEC 29119
    • ISTQB FL/AL Learning Objectives
      • (K1 – remember, K2 – understand, K3 – apply, K4 – analyze)
    • traits of a good tester
    • testing techniques
    • other (fulfilling needs of you organization)

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