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The DIY Guide to Raising the Test Bar

Prepared for Let's Test Conference [Sweden] - May 2014
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Ale Moreira

on 31 January 2015

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The DiY Guide
To raising the testing Bar
by: Alessandra Moreira
Roadmap
Who am I?
Who AM I
?
What about you
novice
expert
I'M NOT AN EXPERT,
I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING WORTH SHARING
MYTH
IT IS A JOURNEY
a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area
Expert
"I see myself somewhere between apprentice and the journey to expert"
PETER WALEN
24 years testing experience
"I don't consider myself an expert tester... There's so much I don't know and haven't yet experienced in my field"
MICHAEL LARSEN
21 years testing experience
"The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know"
Albert Einstein
Change Mindset
be expert
have experience
How do we do it?
You don't have to do it alone
You don't have to spend $
Learn from mistakes
Follow energy
?
So what can we do
?
In our workplaces
Mentor other testers
Discuss Testing
Share your ideas
Ask questions
Test games & Challenges
Start a book club
In our Own Careers
Reputation
Active learning
In our local communities
Networking
Local tech gatherings
Attend
Participate
Start
Weekend Testing Sessions
In the global community
Start a blog
Get Active
Join an online testing group
Accidental Tester
Started Testing
Sydney Testers Meetup
Co-Organizer
Began WTANZ
Online coach
!
Why D.I.Y.
www.roadlesstested.com
Its all about sharing
Dice game, Set, Zendo
Black box test machines
Join the Software Testing World Cup
http://www.workroom-productions.com/black_box_machines.html
http://www.softwaretestingworldcup.com/
With fellow testers - Discuss different testing models and methodologies
With other team members - explain what testing really is, how you do it, debunk myths, be an advocate for good testing
Critical Thinking
Why am testing this?
James Bach' Critical thinking heuristic: Huh? Really? So?
Attend an existing chapter: India, Americas & Australia/New Zealand
START A LOCAL CHAPTER:
1- Contact a current facilitator
Help with logistics, how to facilitate, etc
2- Decide on a day and time
3- Promote the session
Have a voice
What about you?
So what can we do?
How do we do it?
Met
Anne-Marie Charrett
Began my CDT journey
2000
Started blogging
Attended
CAST 2013
First article
be expert
have experience
Attended
1st Peer Conference
Saving $
Being part of creating/fixing
Satisfaction of making something better
?
- Read blogs, magazines, books
- Watch videos from past conferences
- Listen to podcasts
- Get a mentor
- Participate in a Weekend Testing session
- Learn about other disciplines
- Attend reputable courses (RST, BBST, etc)
software-testing@yahoogroups.com

http://www.softwaretestingclub.com/

http://forums.associationforsoftwaretesting.org/
Starting a new Meetup
Is there interest?
http://www.stephenblower.co.uk/blog/07/03/2013/starting-up-a-test-gathering/
http://testingthoughts.com/erikdavis/?p=61
http://inside.envato.com/guide-to-meetups/

What is the aim of the group?
Register on meetup.com
Leverage social media
Have a low key first meeting
Myth Busted
You don't need to be an expert
Myth Busted
Myth Busted
Taking charge
Do something
ANNE-MARIE CHARRETT
20 years testing experience
An expert is a label put on you by other people. I always have new things to learn and improve on
ROBERT SABOURIN
33 years testing experience
I do not consider myself an expert. But many other people have told me that I am an expert. I claim to have experience (wide variety)
Scott Barber
25 years experience
I think that part of both becoming and being an expert is in having as much passion about sharing your expertise as you do about gaining that expertise.
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