When a new tester joins your team – or if you are the new tester joining – the question is how to get this new tester up to speed as effectively as possible. He or she needs to learn about the application, the way of working within the team, the project, etc. In a way it’s quite similar to learning how to navigate a new city. By exploring this analogy we shall see that the most common ways to get a new tester up to speed fall short. Luckily I’ve also encountered some better ways which I’d like to share with you. And as it turns out, those alternatives have some shared properties that are also relevant to good testing in general.