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So you think you can test?

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How testers can become great testers by collaborating, being context-driven and keep learning.

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  • 'Being passionate is contagious'
    'System Development is a team sport, Testing is a team sport!'

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So you think you can test?

  1. 1. Let’s Test Conference May 2012
  2. 2. @huibschoots
  3. 3. “Testers dont have to be second class. Hire and train your staff appropriately so that they fulfillthe needs required.” Johanna Rothman
  4. 4. “I am in this work for ten years now!!”
  5. 5. 1. Attitude & Passion2. Competencies & skills:  Thinking: critical, conceptual, systems  Testing: tools, techniques and methods  Proactive  Collaboration skills  Communication skills  Social and emotional skills  Quick learning & asking questions But what about knowledge?
  6. 6. “A tester’s responsibilityis to remain unsurewhen everybody is sure” “Testing is about questioning and learning under conditions of fundamental uncertainty” Source: Rapid Software Testing
  7. 7. “a tester knows that things can be different” (Jerry Weinberg)“a good tester is able to see thecomplexity of things that seemsimple and the simplicity of thingsthat appear complex.” (Michael Bolton)
  8. 8. Becoming a better tester1. Adapt to the context2. Collaborate3. Learn & practice
  9. 9. “Context-driven testing”means that to be effective,testing must consider contextfirst.
  10. 10. Being passionate iscontagious
  11. 11. Learn & practice• Train, challenge yourself and practise• Read books & magazines• Read blogs or write yourself• Visit conferences (actively)• Watch videos• Participate in workgroups, SIG and peer groups• Pair with testers and non-testers• Try tooling• (Get a) coach• Ask for feedback
  12. 12. Peer workshops
  13. 13. Learn & practise• Train, challenge yourself and practise• Read books & magazines• Read blogs or write yourself• Visit conferences (actively)• Watch videos• Participate in workgroups, SIG and peer groups• Pair with testers and non-testers• Try tooling• Get a coach• Ask for feedback
  14. 14. Becoming a better tester1. Adapt to the context2. Collaborate3. Learn & practice
  15. 15. “Great sports teams treatpractice with the sameseriousness as a game - andevery game as practice andlearning. Testers take note.” Michael Bolton (twitter)
  16. 16. Want to learn more?? Find the resource lists at these websites: http://www.magnifiant.com http://dewt.wordpress.com
  17. 17. Huib Schootshttp://www.magnifiant.com@huibschootshuib.schoots@gmail.com+31 (0)6 - 24641033
  18. 18. Blog postLinks from this presentation Website VideoSlide 3: No more second class testers (Johanna Rothman)http://www.jrothman.com/2004/01/no-more-second-class-testers/ Slide deckSlide 5: The nine forgettings (Lee Copeland)http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=311308005575436115http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/nine-forgettings.pdfSlide 6: Becoming a Software Testing Expert (James Bach)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FTwaojNkXw&feature=relmfuhttp://www.satisfice.com/presentations/bste.pdfSlide 7: Passion (Steve Jobs)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxmw55Jh4BISlide 15: Context-Driven Testing (Michael Bolton & James Bach)http://dewt.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/context-driven-testing-testnet/
  19. 19. Slide 18: Sleeping with the enemy (Gojko Adzic) Blog posthttp://gojko.net/2011/05/04/sleeping-with-the-enemy-stareast-keynote-slides/http://oredev.org/2011/sessions/sleeping-with-the-enemy Website VideoSlide 22: 10.000 hour rule (Malcolm Gladwell):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq2n1Jlx5P0 Slide deckSlide 23: BBST & RST TrainingBBST: http://www.associationforsoftwaretesting.org/training/courses/BBST material: http://www.testingeducation.org/BBST/Rapid Software Testing: http://www.satisfice.com/info_rst.shtmlSlide 24: Bookshttp://www.huibschoots.nl/wordpress/?page_id=441Slide 25: magazineshttp://simonsaysnomore.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/free-magazines/Slide 26: Blogshttp://www.huibschoots.nl/wordpress/?page_id=31
  20. 20. Slide 29: Videos & online conferencesSoftware Testing Club: http://www.softwaretestingclub.com/video Blog postOredev: http://oredev.org/ WebsiteEuroStar: http://www.eurostarconferences.com/CAST: http://www.associationforsoftwaretesting.org/conference/ Video Slide deckSlide 30: PracticeWeekend testing: http://weekendtesting.com/Testing Dojo: http://www.testingdojo.org/Testing Challenges: http://www.testing-challenges.orgSlide 31: SIGTestNet: http://www.testnet.org/werkgroepen.html (Dutch)AST: http://www.associationforsoftwaretesting.org/about/sigs/Software Testing Club: http://www.softwaretestingclub.com/SIGIST: http://www.bcs.org/category/9262Slide 32: Peer workshopsDEWT: http://dewt.wordpress.com/LEWT: http://www.workroom-productions.com/LEWT.htmlSWET: http://testers-headache.blogspot.com/2010/10/swedish-workshop-on-exploratory-testing.htmlLAWST: http://lawst.com/ (here are a lot of links to other Peer Workshops)

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