An overview and feedback on an upcoming framework for helping companies create an apprenticeship program for software testers.
Picking up experience on the job can be great (for example learning about SEO, application monitoring or observability) but all things being equal, it shouldn’t come at the expense of the many other ways we learn. Without the support to continuously learn new things we get stuck in jobs
You don’t have to be an expert to teach someone else, you just need to know a little more than they do. Years ago when I became an assistant scuba instructor, I was able to provide huge value to new students despite my having far less diving experience than
RIMGEN is an acronym and mnemonic (or memory aid) to help us remember the elements of a good bug report. It can be used to help anyone write a better bug report or review existing bug reports looking to make improvements. In general my preference with reporting bugs is to:
Some random thoughts as I sit here at mid-January of the new year: * I’ve been reading Walter Isaacson’s newest book Leonardo da Vinci and it’s a fascinating look at how mastery in one discipline or craft such as painting can evolve and become better based on studying
For 10 years (one whole decade) I’ve been employed in a few different software testing positions with a few different titles. It’s been a fun and challenging road. I’ve navigated large companies filled with good people and backward practices to small companies where modern practices are encouraged
As rough as traveling can be, one benefit is dedicated time to catch up on reading. I finally got around to a post from Uncle Bob on “Sapient Testing: The “Professionalism” meme” and it captured something I’ve been thinking about for a some time: the label of professional(ism)
On Thursday, June 25, 2015 I presented my first webinar called Shaping Your Identity as a Tester that was based on an earlier article I wrote called Blogging for your Career. uTest recorded it and made it part of their uTest University series, you can check it out here. I’
The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with “Wow! Signore, professore dottore Eco, what a library you have!
Cem Kaner, Sowmya Padmanabhan and Doug Hoffman have a new book called The Domain Testing Workbook. I’d highly recommend picking up a copy or at least adding it to your reading list! This book is not just a deep dive into one test technique but it represents a collective
In this video from StarEast, Rob Sabourin talks about his experience with concept of “anyone can test”. This actually gives me an idea for a challenge: Before watching, make a list or jot down some notes that try to describe the potential benefits and problems with assigning any particular person
Sunday night I attended a live webinar by James Bach entitled “What Testers Need to Learn” that was put on by Tea time with Testers. It seemed like an interesting topic so I joined (it only cost $30). The webinar got off to a slow start thanks to some technical
From a software tester’s point of view a lecture entitled Becoming a Software Testing Expert is a bit enticing. A lecture by James Bach is even more so. Bach, widely considered an expert in Software Testing, is a passionate advocate of software testing. As an expert he’s in