Your Weekly Testing News - Issue 442

What soft skills support your testing? Plus more ways to get involved with the testing community, business posts and tonnes of testing events. Discover it all in this week's newsletter.

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The testing community is buzzing.

It's great to observe all the activity and excitement around TestBash UK 2023. Folks continue to discuss what they learned and the important connections they made. Lovely to see a testing conference spark this. And I'm hopeful there is still value to be discovered for those who weren't in a position to attend. Definitely check out what folks are sharing on various social platforms, blogs and forums. The recordings will be available soon enough.

🍁 Let's talk TestBash Autumn 2023! If you missed the announcement about the first wave of speakers, check it out. It's good to see many folks from the community step up to share their knowledge and experience — congrats! The best way to join is to register for a Pro Membership. You get access to the 2-day event plus a mega-tonne of talks from previous TestBashes – in fact, all of them! I'm biased yet it's incredible value for money if you want career growth learning content from the Ministry of Testing community. There are plenty more reasons to sign up for a Pro Membership yet I'll save that for another day. 

A new Ask Me Anything recording is available. 🎉 It's on soft skills which is a topic I think we should give more attention to. Deborah Reid answers many questions such as "What are the top three soft skills a tester should master?", "How can you assess soft skills?", "How can you practice some of your soft skills" and more! Watch it today

"As a software tester, I frequently feel that I’m not good enough at work and that I know nothing, despite all my experience and hard work. An even greater fear of incompetence arises when I realize I’m a woman in the tech industry. These feelings are often due to impostor syndrome." — Nataliya Hanchych. Read this powerful article on overcoming imposter syndrome as a software tester. Thank you for your openness and for sharing with the community, Nataliya. 

🙋🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️ Join the conversation

  1. Butch would like to know, what are some different ways you’ve categorized bugs within your teams? – I like the one Butch has come up with! 😄
  2. What are your strategies for working with and maintaining large Postman collections? asks Jen
  3. Should QA limit their automation scope to functional & non-functional testing?
  4. What tools do you use for exploratory testing? asks Richard
  5. Mark would like to know, how a Junior tester contributes towards Test planning.
  6. A new quarterly introductions thread is live! Introduce or reintroduce yourself to the community. 👋

One more thing, if you attended TestBash UK last month and are unsure what to do next, I recently shared three ways to ensure your testing conference learnings don't go to waste. I'd love to know what you do and what helps. Feel free to send me an email or share with the community on The Club.

Have a great week.
— Simon, CommunityBoss

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Simon Tomes

Community Lead

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.