Your Weekly Testing News - Issue 407

Why it matters what the testing community talks about. Plus all the latest testing events, helpful business posts and ways to get involved. Read it all in this week's newsletter.

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What does the testing community typically talk about?

A lot of things! And why does that matter? Knowledge of things the community talks about can help you explore your own ideas and discover new tools and techniques. It sparks conversations with fellow community members who might be able to help you. And you may also discover a way to help somebody too.

I've attempted to capture themes in a mind map — what tester doesn't love a good mind map? And I need your help. Can you help review it? Book a time to chat on a call. I'll use the outcome to help us structure updates to The Club (our forum) and it'll inform future events, and questions to spark conversations and activities. Plus I'm hopeful it'll be interesting to share with the entire testing community to help you consider the conversations you could get involved with. 

🤝 We recently announced Ministry of Testing's Annual Partners for 2023. Áine had this to share: "We're hoping that by working with these trusted partners throughout 2023, we'll give both you and them plenty of chances to connect in a safe and meaningful way." Expect plenty of new blog posts in the "Useful business posts" section below. 

Finally, thanks again to everyone who has reviewed an abstract for the TestBashes. The numbers are outstanding. At the time of writing, there have been 1,869 reviews. We asked why people do it and it seems most people want to offer their feedback to shape an excellent conference lineup and help a fellow tester. Amazing! There's still time to get involved. Grab five minutes and review an abstract. 👀

Have a good week.

— Simon, CommunityBoss



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Can you help?


  1. How do you manage dual roles? What does your dual role look like? 
  2. Sebastian would like to know, how do you use a version control system repository for investigations.
  3. How do you deal with difficult team members when introducing QA to teams? Lots of helpful thoughts on this topic, can you add yours?
  4. Adeniyi asks what are the best test cases writing and management platforms.
  5. Ben is curious to hear how you create a healthy mix of investigative and scripted tests.
  6. What do you want to learn about testing in 2023? Inspire the testing community with your ambitions. 


Useful business posts




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Calls for Contributions

Stay up-to-date with the community via the Ministry of Testing Community Timeline, read an article or watch a talk. Discover what the testing community is sharing via the community blog feed.

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Simon Tomes


Simon is a CommunityBoss at Ministry of Testing and his pronouns are he/him. Currently learning to be a better community enabler, he has a passion for all things testing with a career in various testing roles since 2003. He particularly enjoys promoting and sharing the value of exploratory testing.

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