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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 (http://training.associationforsoftwaretesting.org) 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?

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I have a dream..a software testing dream

Tester Tested wrote a post on the amount of ISTQB advertisment (direct and indirect) a testing magazine had. His main point was, if its a Professional Magazine for all testers why does it lean to ISTQB all the time? Talk was made of lawyers and being sued for blogging about it.
Whilst I valued the point of his post (many thanks Pradeep), it made me sad. It made me reflect on how divided we are in the testing community. In an area that obviously needs great minds to promote the benefits and value of testing, we instead waste them on picking holes in each others ways of doing things.

Why dont we use our energy on focusing on the real bad guys, like the CEO’s and CIO’s who don’t value the benefit of testing and place software testing under development in the company structure?

Why can’t we complement each other on the positive steps that are being taken in the testing world, instead of resorting to suing each other for defamation?

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the concept of critical thinking and the need to challenge each other, but with that goes the responsiblity of building people up too. My mum had a saying “for every one criticism, give ten encouragements” (or something like that!)

Criticising ISTQB testers alienates the thousands of testers out there who are certified. This us versus them mentality only further divides our community and testers inside it. Not everyone who is ISTQB certified did so because they wanted to. Not every ISTQB certified tester is unable to test in an intelligent way. Many ISTQB testers need to take the certification to get a job. Many ISTQB certified testers may be interested in exploring other testing avenues if their certification was not sneered at in blogs written by ‘experts’ who ought really to know better.

Our focus ought to be on educating and encouraging all testers to examine all testing ideas and make up their own minds on they believe.

After all, it is the tester who is central to testing, not the testing expert.

What in the world do developers, marketing and project managers think of us, squabbling between ourselves on the right and wrong of different types of testing. To these people, testing is all the same thing, they dont understand the finer points of context driven testing Vs IEE 829.

I know, I know  this is all very naive of me, but are we not mature enough now to put or differences aside, respect each others opinions and work together on promoting the importance and benefits of testing to those outside the testing industry?

I have a dream where we are building up testers to test better regardless of creed…….