After convincing myself to invest in a trip to Amsterdam (for EuroSTAR 2012) I thought the hard decisions were made… then I was faced with the task of actually deciding what tutorials and presentations to attend. As Simon Foster so eloquently put it in the movie In the Loop: difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.
Testing, depending on who you ask, can be a lot of things. From mindlessly following the detailed instructions written by someone else (perhaps years ago, for a totally different version of the product), to the challenging, inspiring task of using your intellect to gather information through exploration of a product or project, and all sorts of shades in-between. Is any one approach more correct or valid than the other? Continue reading “Monkey business”
Being made redundant is probably not really high on the top ten list of good ways to start the new year for most people. I certainly didn’t plan to, but I guess it beats getting the boot just before the Christmas holidays. Continue reading “Happy New Year?”
After my last blog entry I got a question from Martin about how the BBST Foundation course compares to James Bach’s Rapid Software Testing course. As Martin is probably my most faithful reader (I can prove that he has read my blog twice :-)) I will of course comply to his request as best I can.
Having focused way too much over the years on the technology I’ve been testing instead of on the craft of testing itself, I have found myself with quite a lot of catching-up to do. Do I really think I’m a lousy tester? No, but when one compare himself to those people on my link-list over there on the right-hand side I guess more than me might feel a bit intimidated. As always, it’s all about context.
Originally posted as a comment on testing.stackexchange.com:
A few days ago, after just reading a bunch of blogs (and comments) on the perceived issues with the quality/content of the currently available certifications, I became aware of a posting in the LinkedIn group Software Testing and Quality Assurance. It was from a recruiter who had a ready-made shortlist of 50+ ISEB and ISTQB certified testers. The list was the result of a job he had done for a major Indian BPO looking to hire people to work in the UK.