Certified To Collaborate: Your Weekly Testing News - Issue 451

How do you use models to collaborate? Plus a round-up of what's been happening in the testing community. Seek inspiration from your fellow testers in this week's newsletter.

Simon here with a round-up of what's been happening in the testing community. 🔎



API Testing


  • I'm genuinely excited about the new MoT Certifications in Test Automation. It's a game changer for the industry. Three mega-community-led courses that lead to reputable certifications. I can't wait to see folks share their certificates and MoT-FCTA, MoT-ICTA and MoT-ACTA on their LinkedIn profile headlines. Can you guess what those acronyms stand for? Introducing Our New MoT Certifications in Test Automation 🎓 


Just for fun


  • Get ready to learn powerful leadership techniques. I'm so pleased to see Shweta Sharma's Masterclass webinar recording on the MoT website. I was fortunate to attend it live. There were many moments where I thought "Ah, I wish I'd seen this in the early days of being a people manager!" Check it out: How To Build a Thriving QA/Testing Team With People-First Leadership. 🤝

New Testers

Observability & Monitoring 

  • "Observability blurs the line between testing and monitoring. TOAD can help us think through their relationship." Read more from Chris Kenst.

Strategy & Methodologies

  • Joep Schuurkes puts forward a compelling case that a good tester is all over the place yet can't be everywhere at once. It's all about choice.
  • Vernon Richards shared his reflections and advice after hosting Ben Dowen's webinar on creating a shared understanding. 1) Assumptions multiply when they're hidden! 2) Using models is great. Collaborating on models is even better! 3) You don't have to do allTheThings allAtOnce. Read more.

Have a great week.

— Simon, CommunityBoss


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Simon Tomes

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Simon is the Community Lead at Ministry of Testing and his pronouns are he/him. He has a passion for all things testing with a career in various testing and tech roles since 2003. He particularly enjoys promoting and sharing the value of exploratory testing, leadership, collaboration, creativity and community.