BlogRoll Training

Software Testing Training of a different kind

Ever dreamed of being personally trained by Cem Kaner? How about Doug Hoffman? No? Ok, maybe Scott Barber is more your style?
Any tester would, but it would be expensive? I mean these guys would typically charge thousands for this kind of training. Besides, they’re all in the states, so airfare, accommodation.  Your company would never pay for it, right? Especially not now the training budget is cut.

Well, I’m being personally trained by these great testers, right now and even better, I’m doing it for FREE. No that’s not an acronym for  Footnote Really Exorbitantly Expensive,(I know its not very good, come up with a better one and let me know !)  it really is FREE.

I’m on the bug advocacy course run by the association of software testing. (note, the website is currently going an upgrade, but you can still become a member etc).

It’s an online course that’s free to all members. Yes you do have to be a member. Yes it does cost money. $85 US dollars for a year. So, if you want to split hairs, you could argue the course costs $85. So what?

Anyhow, I wanted to talk about this course, because its content is really excellent. First of all, lets deal with the title.


Because our focus as tester’s is not about raising bugs, but ensuring they get fixed. Its true!  Think about it. That way, not only does the software improve, but we as testers gain credibility too.

So, in order for us to get our bugs fixed, we need to make sure we sell them well and we anticipate and preempt any objections people may have about our bug report.

Its about communication effectively and communicating to the right person. Its about creating the ultimate bug report.

There is a lot more than that in the course. I suggest you take the course and find out for yourself.

The recommended hours per week is 6.  I would suggest you allocate more time.   The course content is practical and you are given assessments that involve commenting on actual bug reports. Some of the assessments can take longer if you allow them too. You work with testers around the world, some I knew of because of their blogs.  Personally, I’ve learned as much from other testers feedback as I have from the trainers.

Make no bones about it though, its a demanding and challenging course and if you are just looking for a piece of paper for your resume, this perhaps is not the course for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking to improve your software testing skills and having a highly respected certificate matters to you, then I suggest you join the AST and take some of their courses.

It doesn’t matter what environment you work in, agile or waterfall, process or exploratory, the skills you learn on this course are relative to all testers out there.

So, if your company doesn’t have a large training budget (or even if it does) this is the perfect solution. Your testers get some really great training, and you get kudos to boot.

Note:  This is my own personal opinion, I get nothing out of posting this on my blog.


Challengers are you ready?

So far the Gladiators have stolen the show. ISTQB and the other warriors of testing certification have dominated the testing world. It’s not the only profession where this is happening. Network Engineers working now need Cisco certification in order to get jobs, regardless of their depth of knowledge. In Ireland, solicitors now don’t need a degree, but pass an exam in order to practise. It seems every where people are needing to be labelled in order to find work.
So its refreshing that a group of men and women are fighting back. The challengers are now on the stage. Are we ready to back them?

I’m talking about the Association of Software Testing ( which is providing free online software testing training if you become a member of their organisation. Membership cost only $85 (there is a range of memberships). Try and get a ISTQB course for that price!

I’ve just completed the BBST (Black Box System Testing) Foundation Course. I would highly recommend this course to anyone, experienced or inexperienced. This course is like no other. It really challenges you to think deeply about what, why and how you test.

The course is very interactive, you need to be prepared to give an opinion and provide feedback.

What I got out of the course was that it’s given me confidence on critiquing other tester’s work. It has also challenged me to be more technical in my testing investigations. It was a great course, and though very demanding, I was sad that it came to an end.

One word of warning though, to get the most out of the course, I would give allocate plenty of time for it, preferably more than the 8 hours suggested.

One of the main reasons why I decided to take this course, was because I wanted to see if I could recommend or offer to testers I know an alternative to ISTQB. I’d also challenge any tester out there who has an opinion on Certification to take the course and then write a post about it.

Challengers are your ready?