Essentials - Introduction to Software Development and Testing

About This Course

Welcome to the Introduction to Software Development and Testing course, part of the Ministry of Testing's Essentials online learning pathway.

Starting out in software testing can be challenging; not only do you need to learn the necessary skills and knowledge to be a tester but you also need to understand how this fits into the wider context of software development. There are many processes, activities and roles to get to grips with and that’s what this course will help you with.

This course gives you an introduction to both software development and testing and it aims to provide meaning and context to industry-specific terms that can act as a barrier to those just getting started. Throughout the course, you'll gain a grounding in the purpose of software testing and the skills and knowledge you'll need to succeed as a tester. This course offers you a solid starting point for your learning journey into testing.

What You'll Learn:

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Use terms that relate specifically to software development and testing
  • Understand the common roles, process and activities in software development
  • Describe what the purpose of software testing is
  • Identify skills and knowledge a tester needs to succeed in software development
  • Decide whether or not software testing is a role for you
  • Develop your learning journey into testing

Who's This Course For:

This course is designed for absolute beginners to both software development and software testing. They are looking for a place to start to help introduce themes to common terminology, skills and practices in both software development and software testing.



Meet the Instructors

Mark Winteringham

Mark Winteringham


Mark Winteringham is a tester, toolsmith and the Ministry of Testing DojoBoss with over 10 years experience providing testing expertise on award-winning projects across a wide range of technology sectors including BBC, Barclays, UK Government and Thomson Reuters.

He is an advocate for modern risk-based testing practices and trains teams in Automation in Testing, Behaviour Driven Development and Exploratory testing techniques. He is also the co-founder of Ministry of Testing Essentials a community raising awareness of careers in testing and improving testing education.

You can find him on Twitter @2bittester or at /

Dan Ashby

Dan Ashby

Head of Quality Engineering

Proud father. Quality and Testing enthusiast. Head of Quality Engineering @ Photobox. I blog at: I am co-host of: I'm a co-founder of the MoT Essentials (formerly the Software Testing Clinic). I love the testing community and I like porridge (and whisky)!

Course At A Glance

Level - Beginner
Duration - about 2 hours
Lessons - 8
Type - Self-Paced
Topics - Roles, What Is Testing
First Published - February 2020
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