This isn’t your parent’s generation of computers and interaction, and the speed of change is only going to accelerate going forward. Software development, and software testing, is undergoing a radical change, but while organizations have embraced the idea of changes in development and delivery, why are we still looking at old, so called “best practices” in software testing as though we’re still testing the software the previous generation wrote?
In this talk, I will discuss a variety of ways that testing is moving ahead and proving to be just as relevant as it ever has, and how we can equip the next generation of software testers. Through initiatives like SummerQAmp, PerScholas, Weekend Testing and other environments aimed at delivering hands on, real world skills to up and coming testers. Emphasis on rapid learning, direct peer communication, and an emphasis on heuristics and their application can give that edge to new testers, and could also help spark creativity and curiosity in established testers, too.