Essentials Pathway

Mark Winteringham

Curated by:

Mark Winteringham

Pathway Coming May 2021

Skills you will learn:

Exploratory Testing Heuristics Test Design Quality Requirements Continuous Learning Recruitment Roles Test Plans Testing Tools Test Cases Test Reporting Testing Notes Risks What Is Testing

9 modules, 57 lessons, 31 activities, 9 speakers

Welcome to the Ministry of Testing Essentials pathway, the perfect place to learn everything you need to know to become a professional tester.

- Mark Winteringham
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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.

Mark Winteringham

Mark Winteringham

DojoBoss

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 mwtestconsultancy.co.uk / automationintesting.com

Dan Ashby

Dan Ashby

Director of Quality Services

Proud father. Quality and Testing enthusiast, teacher, coach, mentor and servant leader. Director of Quality Services @ Ada Health. I blog at: danashby.co.uk and I'm a co-founder of the MoT Essentials (formerly the Software Testing Clinic). I love being involved in the testing community (and other communities)!

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No matter what you’re building, how you’re building and who is involved. We all want to build quality software and products that are valuable to both users and our businesses. So how do we, as testers, help support teams consistently deliver high-quality work? What even is quality? What causes quality to ‘drop’? To help answer these questions, this course will:

  • Explore what quality is, how it can mean different things to different people
  • Learn how risks can negatively impact quality are fundamental to successful testing
  • Identify the relationship between quality and risks and how we use testing to reduce the negative impact on our quality

So if you want to learn more about how testing can help teams build better quality applications. Come join us as we explore Quality and Risk.

This course is part of the Essentials Online learning pathway.

Dan Ashby

Dan Ashby

Director of Quality Services

Proud father. Quality and Testing enthusiast, teacher, coach, mentor and servant leader. Director of Quality Services @ Ada Health. I blog at: danashby.co.uk and I'm a co-founder of the MoT Essentials (formerly the Software Testing Clinic). I love being involved in the testing community (and other communities)!

Vernon Richards

Vernon Richards

Test Evangelist / Mentor

Vernon has been testing software for 14 years starting with video games on PS2, Xbox and PC. In that time, many changes have occurred in the software development world but testers often still use the trusty old vocabulary of “tests cases”, “pass/fail” and “giving confidence”. Taking advantage of a diverse range of experiences gained on projects such as F1 racing teams, networked gambling machines and others, Vernon helps teams speak in a language the business can understand - no translation necessary!

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How do Testers test? By asking questions! It might seem like a simple thing to learn, everyone asks questions all the time. But how do we, as Testers, ask the right questions or come up with questions no-one else would ask? In this course, we’ll explore ways to expand your testing ability by learning:

  • What are the essential skills a professional tester needs?
  • How to ask questions, and how to use techniques to expand your question ability
  • How critical and lateral thinking drive our testing and how to practise improving that type of thinking
  • How improving your testing skills is a continuous journey and how to go about improving daily

So if you’re looking to expand your core testing skills. Come join us as we explore core testing skills and how to improving your questioning.

This course is part of the Essentials Online learning pathway.

 

Mark Winteringham

Mark Winteringham

DojoBoss

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 mwtestconsultancy.co.uk / automationintesting.com

Dan Ashby

Dan Ashby

Director of Quality Services

Proud father. Quality and Testing enthusiast, teacher, coach, mentor and servant leader. Director of Quality Services @ Ada Health. I blog at: danashby.co.uk and I'm a co-founder of the MoT Essentials (formerly the Software Testing Clinic). I love being involved in the testing community (and other communities)!

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A common misconception of testing is that it is focused only on products. Exploring systems to see how they work, finding bugs, breaking systems, etc. But that is simply not the case. We can also use our testing skills by testing ideas, requirements, visualisations, all sorts of things that come before a product or feature is created. To help you achieve this, this course will

  • Share the value of testing requirements
  • Discuss different types of requirements
  • Give you the opportunity to try out your testing skills on different requirements

So if you want to help teams better understand what they’re delivering, prevent potential issues or bugs being implemented, and help us better focus on what to test and what not to test. Come join us as we learn how to test ideas and requirements before a line of code has been written.

This course is part of the Essentials Online learning pathway.

 

Mark Winteringham

Mark Winteringham

DojoBoss

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 mwtestconsultancy.co.uk / automationintesting.com

David Williams

David Williams

Quality Engineering Leader

Award-Winning International Conference Speaker | Software Testing Veteran | Father | Mental Health First Aider | Humanist | He/Him

Across his 17 years in the field of quality and testing he's been a tester, senior, lead, test manager, head of testing, and is now helping Zoopla to transform into a truly Agile group. He has a technical mindset and a real passion for investigation and testing as a profession (especially risk-based, and Exploratory Testing), and his passion is infectious when talking about his experiences.

He's a prolific Twitter and Slack user, plus testing community advocate and is in the process of resurrecting his blog, having taken a temporary step back over the last few months due to work commitments. We've seen him speak at several international testing conferences. David also hosts the London Software Testing Clinic for 2020.

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One of the main activities a tester is involved in on a day to day basis is testing the products that our teams build. Starting out as a tester, it may be one of the first things we do, and it can be daunting. Where do you start? What sort of testing should you do? When do you stop? This course is here to help and is all about testing products. To help answer these questions, this course will:

  • Share demonstrations of product testing for us to learn from
  • Discuss the informal process we follow when testing products
  • Do some product testing of our own
  • Reflect on how we know when we’re done testing?

So if you’re looking to get stuck into product testing. Then join us as we demonstrate how to test a product and reflect on what’s going in professional testers brain as they test.

Dan Ashby

Dan Ashby

Director of Quality Services

Proud father. Quality and Testing enthusiast, teacher, coach, mentor and servant leader. Director of Quality Services @ Ada Health. I blog at: danashby.co.uk and I'm a co-founder of the MoT Essentials (formerly the Software Testing Clinic). I love being involved in the testing community (and other communities)!

Tracey Baxter

Tracey Baxter

Principle Lead - Product & Delivery (Digital)

Tracey has been a software tester for over ten years. During that time she has specialised in the testing of clinical software including Patient Administration Systems (PAS), Electronic Patient Record Systems (EPR), Clinical Decision Support and Primary Care software in the UK public sector.

She is passionate about testing and delivering quality solutions that deliver value to its users. You can get in touch with Tracey via Twitter @tbaxter78.

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You’ve done some testing, you found some interesting things, it all went great, then someone, later on, asks you what testing did you do? What happens? Can you describe in detail what you did? What happens if you were asked that question a week later? Without strong testing notes, giving feedback on what testing you did can become a real challenge. So in this course, we’ll learn:

  • A range of different note-taking techniques
  • How to use different note-taking techniques to capture your testing
  • How to pick approaches that work best for you

So if you want to learn how to improve the way you share your testing work with others. Come join us as we explore and experiment with different note-taking techniques.

This course is part of the Essentials Online learning pathway.

Karo Stoltzenburg

Karo Stoltzenburg

Senior Quality Engineer

Karo currently works as a Senior Quality Engineer at Ada Health.

She loves that testing is such a diverse, creative and challenging activity and cherishes the opportunities for collaboration with other roles in the software development life cycle that come with it. Karo channels her urge to discuss and share anything testing as a co-organizer of the Ministry of Testing group in Cambridge, as a regular at the Cambridge Exploratory Workshop on Testing and through her blog (http://putzerfisch.wordpress.com). Find and engage with her on Twitter: @karostol.

Mark Winteringham

Mark Winteringham

DojoBoss

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 mwtestconsultancy.co.uk / automationintesting.com

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Good testing requires good communication. We need to be able to share both what we’ve learnt as we’ve tested and how we feel our testing went (and next steps). We can do this by reporting the testing work we’ve done and our reflections on the quality of our work. Sharing this information not only demonstrates the value of testing but also keeps a team informed, enabling them to make the right decisions in the future. To help you report your testing clearly, this course will:

  • Explore why reporting is an essential part of the testing workflow
  • Reflect on the challenges we face when reporting
  • Consider the types of information we can reporting
  • Design your own approach to reporting your testing

So if you want to learn how to create valuable and engaging test reporting that enables strong communication and feedback with your team. Come join us as we explore the many ways in which we can report out testing.

This course is part of the Essentials Online learning pathway.

Dan Ashby

Dan Ashby

Director of Quality Services

Proud father. Quality and Testing enthusiast, teacher, coach, mentor and servant leader. Director of Quality Services @ Ada Health. I blog at: danashby.co.uk and I'm a co-founder of the MoT Essentials (formerly the Software Testing Clinic). I love being involved in the testing community (and other communities)!

Elizabeth Zagroba

Elizabeth Zagroba

Test Engineer

Elizabeth Zagroba is a Test Engineer and Team Lead at Mendix in Rotterdam. Alongside her everyday work serving her team building a new flagship product, she encourages and supports quality throughout the organization by actively contributing to the mob testing practice, the test guild, and the agile guild she founded. She is one of the organizers of Test Craft Camp, an annual unconference held in the Netherlands. She was the keynote speaker at Let's Test in South Africa in 2018, and she's spoken and given workshops at TestBash conferences and other conferences around North America and Europe. Her article about mind maps became one of the most viewed on the Ministry of Testing Dojo in 2017. You can find Elizabeth on the internet on Twitter, or you can spot her bicycle around town by the Ministry of Testing sticker on the back fender.

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As Testers, we have to accept that we can’t test everything. There simply isn’t ever enough time. So we have to be smart with what we should and should not test, and in what order should we do our testing. We need to get organised with our testing! So how do we go about planning what to test? To help you achieve this, this course will:

  • Explore two fundamental approaches to testing, scripted and exploratory
  • Learn the pro’s and con’s of scripted testing and how to create test cases
  • Identify and structure how Exploratory testing sessions through the use of charters

So if you want to learn how to plan and organise your testing. Come join us as we learn the fundamentals of planning our testing.

This course is part of the Essentials Online learning pathway.

Mark Winteringham

Mark Winteringham

DojoBoss

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 mwtestconsultancy.co.uk / automationintesting.com

Abby Bangser

Abby Bangser

Site Reliability Engineer (SRE)

Abby Bangser is a software tester with a keen interest in working on products where fellow engineers are the users. Abby brings the techniques of analysing and testing customer facing products to tools like delivery pipelines and logging so as to generate clearer feedback and greater value. Abby has a strong background in QA across software projects and platform engineering teams which she is now using in her new role as a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE).

Outside of work Abby is active in the community by co-leading Speak Easy which mentors new and diverse speakers, co-hosting the London free meetup Software Testing Clinic which brings together mentors and new joiners to the software testing industry, and hosting the London branch of #CoffeeOps meetup. You can get in touch easiest on Twitter at @a_bangser.

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You’ve invested time in learning the craft of testing. You’ve watched the lessons, read the blogs and books, and completed the activities. Now you’re ready to find that first testing role or to take the next step as a professional tester. How do you get the job that’s right for you? How do you get noticed? Although nearly everyone has to go through some sort of recruitment or interviewing process for a job, the process can differ based on the industry. To help you increase your chances of getting hired, this course will:

  • Explore ways in which you build a personal brand to show of your testing skills
  • Discuss how to apply for roles
  • Explore what to expect during interviews and try out some interviewing puzzles
  • Highlight the value in getting feedback and how to negotiate contracts
  • Share what you should expect to happen on the first day of a new job

So if you’re looking to get started in that first testing role, or looking for a change. Come join us as we explore the process of applying, interviewing and getting new roles in testing.

This course is part of the Essentials Online learning pathway

Dan Ashby

Dan Ashby

Director of Quality Services

Proud father. Quality and Testing enthusiast, teacher, coach, mentor and servant leader. Director of Quality Services @ Ada Health. I blog at: danashby.co.uk and I'm a co-founder of the MoT Essentials (formerly the Software Testing Clinic). I love being involved in the testing community (and other communities)!

Shey Crompton

Shey Crompton

Managing Director

Pre-millennium Shey broke his testing teeth in computer games, he can be held responsible for such iconic successes as Catwoman, Malice and the little known Harry Potter… Originally from Melbourne Shey’s career has been as varied as his Anglicised Australian vowel sounds. Following a decade in Games Design, Project Management and Software Development he has spent the past 10 years working back in Testing - where his passion truly lies. As a Consultant he's covered various Test roles including a long term placement working with JK Rowling’s Team at Pottermore. Shey’s broad range of experience enables easy connections to be made with colleagues from all areas of the business spectrum. Shey can regularly be found providing the link or explanation between people from different disciplines. Shey has a significant presence within the testing community, sharing his perspective on Twitter, LinkedIn, and MoT's The Club forum among others. In-person he co-organises the London Tester Gathering and has volunteered TestBash. While not the first time Shey has spoken at TestBash, this will be the first time speaking for longer than 99 seconds. This year’s appearance is slightly longer but follows his usual theme of helping leaders to discover and develop their own leadership style. When not talking about testing, Shey can be found talking about his next passion, craft beer. Follow him to find where good beer is being served.