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State Of Testing 2018

This is a time of year when “PractiTest” and “TeaTime with Testers” invites all the testers to fill a survey to find out who we are, where we come from and on what kind of subjects we are working on. This is 5th year in a row and I am already looking forward to the picture we will get this time.

Big thank goes to contributors in the review team: Jerry Weinberg, Derk-Jan de Grood, Maria Kedemo, Helena Jeret, Alan Page, Brent Jensen, Eran Kinsbruner, Bas Dijkstra, Erik Proegler, Kristel Krustuuk, Gerie Owen, and Nermin Caluk. If you have any suggestions how to improve it, you are invited to join the review team.

The organisers estimate that the survey will take only 10minutes of your time. For me, it took more time. Why? In this year’s survey, there are few questions where you have to think and/or recall what did you learn last year. Hier are few questions for you to get a feeling:

Have you attended any conferences or training sessions in the past 3 years?
Have you started using any new tools to support your testing (Exploratory testing or in general) in the last year?
Have you made any important changes in the way you are testing during the last year?  

 

Those are few good questions, right? Be part of it! You can find the survey here.

Q & A about QA

Late summer 2008 I googled what is software testing. Found Software Testing Club and never looked back. MinistryOfTesting (MOT) has a platform for Q&A, learning platform – The Dojo and of course events.  Rosie and MOT have done a really great job!

So only this year I discovered new platform (new for me): SQA StackExchange. It is full of error messages thrown by tools and help requests how to fix those. Followed by very basic questions like: what is the difference between deviation from workflow and error. This is little bit funny – why people do not use search? You just found a StackExchange and really think that nobody before you asked that question? Think again. What I like the most: it is all about questions and answers – so everyone can edit one or another.

My invitation – don’t be only a consumer – participate on one or another platform and co-create better understanding about software testing!

New Podcast – QR

I am not a fan of podcasts because I struggle to focus all my attention to only one sense. But today I saw the info about new podcast made by Keith Klain and got curious. I opened the link and my first reaction was – are you KIDDING me? Over 1 hour!!! Who can concentrate to listen to something for so long? But I wanted to hear a lot what they talked about testers mental health, so I clicked the play button.

I listened to it all in one piece and was blown away how open Trish and Keith tell stories about their professional life and personal struggles. I wish I could listen to them 9 years ago when I started to work in testing and felt not enough.

I was so hooked that I continued and listened to the other QR podcast with Damian. He sold me his workshop :) and surprised by diving deep for meaning and analysing failures. I thought I am good at this, but he takes it in a new level.

Trish and Damian both are consultants and both has beautiful and informative websites.

Now I have just one question: Keith, when comes the next?

State Of Testing

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Guys of “PractiTest” and “TeaTime with Testers” with serious advisory board: Jay Philips, JeanAnn Harrison, Rajesh Mathur, Ben Linders, Justin Rohrman, and Jerry Weinberg – are doing that again – organising survey to get a picture of current state of testing. 

We all are curious how fellow testers are doing in other side of globe or next door. Here is link to results of survey from the last yearInteresting, right? But if you are attentive than will notice that 1000 participants is great, but to be able to do qualitative analysis, it is not enough. How to change it? Participate! And send a link to your colleague as well!

The organisers write that it will take 10 or less minutes to fill the survey . I timed my input – it took me 23:22 to fill it, including looking for currency calculator and tweeting about question 22. 

Why do I support this survey by writing blog post? Because I like data. Last year there were at least 1000 testers who take their profession serious. How many will be this year?

You may answer the survey now

Ping To All Testers in Germany

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Already some time I am collecting blog links to software testers, who are based in Germany. Why? Because I live in Germany and this is very special (in all kind of meanings) country. And because I would like to break this wave, what I have seen mostly in Germany, work 8h without a lot of thinking, then go home and do something fun.

According to German Testing Board data, there are more than 45 000 ISTQB certified testers in Germany(end of 2015). As I got to know the number (that time it was 10 000 less), my first idea was – where are they? What do they test and how? Where do they share their testing experiences?

I think German testers has more to share with the world. I invite you to help me to find positive, inspiring people and share they work with the community.

P.S. I have nothing against other countries or nations, I just want to wake up this one particular.

Community Suffer

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Testing community has something like bastard kid syndrome. We are there, we are doing pretty good, but no one notices that.

Desperate longing for acknowledgement.

That is what makes us all together ill.

By now it should be clear that no one will come to legalise us. Our happiness is in our own hands.

If you do not like ISTQB, than come with better idea, but stop simply complaining! Stop unfruitful debates who dare to be in community and who not, cooperate and collaborate to build it better! Choose testing “school” which fits you the best and start to contribute actively!

People: the Wanz

I am starting new series of posts about people who inspires me.

Let me introduce you an unicorn: Michael “The Wanz” Wansley

 

Message to me: believe in yourself no matter what.

Comment Challenge

Week ago I observed twitter conversation about commenting on testing blogs. It started with Patrick’s tweet that he read 25 blog posts. Wow! Right? But than Danny asked him, how many comments Patrick wrote. Zero. TwitterI met Patrick few weeks ago, he is really nice guy! But this is not about Patrick, it is about habit. Ask me, how many comment did I leave last weeks? Zero! Why? Mostly I like what I read, it makes me think, it gives me new ideas, new approach for my issues. So why not to prize it, why not to tell it to the author? First excuses what come up in my mind – it takes time and effort. Better to read another blog post, than to think what exactly moved me. Some kind of fast-food reading. Do I want to be fast-food reader?

And than Geir had that idea of 1 comment per week. No matter that commenting idea in testing community is not new, any how it does not stick. Several before tried to kick it off. I get much inspirations from Rosie, but her community challenge last summer I missed out. This year SheyMouse talked about it in his TestBash 99 seconds talk. It is so easy – just one comment in every seven days. So this is it – I challenge myself to comment at least once per week!

Since it was already a week ago, I can report my first results :)

Good that I took that tiny habit workshop few month ago. Few things what I learned there are:

  • it should be light and
  • connected to some action.

Of course I link it with post reading. So now when I am reading, I weight it. If I would comment, what would I write? What exactly I like? What exactly I think I can use in my cases? Last week I commented on three blog posts. They were not the smartest comments, but I am learning and on my way to improve it. Join me! Together we are better.

 

I Did It!!!

Week ago I launched local testing meet-up with code name “test paradise”. First idea to organize gathering for testers I got  ­~ 5 years ago, but in summer 2014 I decided to make it happen.

First meeting attended 15 people from 8 different companies. We used Lean Coffee format(first time in our lives) and got interesting collection of ideas. Next time we will meet January 2016.

Still can not believe that it happened, that it is real and not just idea in my head. Feel very happy and motivated.

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