SWTC Newsletter August edition

Oh wow! A new newsletter for all our Students and Mentors, packed with articles and videos answering your questions and what’s going on at Software Testing Clinic. It cannot be! Well yes, it can!

With the continued support from the very excellent Ministry of Testing, we are now releasing a monthly newsletter for you. You can find August’s edition here but to keep up to date make sure to register your email on the right-hand side, or follow us on Twitter.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and we’ll have a brand spanking new one crammed with goodies in September.

– Dan and Mark

Software Testing Clinic is coming to Brighton, Manchester and Cambridge… and maybe a town near you?

Back in March at TestBash Brighton we proudly announced that Software Testing Clinic was growing with a vision of seeing multiple Clinics being run by the best and brightest in our community. Our first Clinic outside of London has been Software Testing Clinic Glasgow run by the simply brilliant Del Dewar and Tracey Baxter. Their hard work and enthusiasm has resulted in a Software Testing Clinic Glasgow that has exceeded our expectations, with dedicated mentors supporting a new generation of amazing students that’s going from strength to strength.

In fact Software Testing Clinic Glasgow has gone so well, we’ve decided to expand to not just one, or two, but three new locations! We’re extremely excited and proud to be starting:

We can’t wait to get started on these new Clinics that will begin late 2017 / early 2018. But don’t take our word for it, here by a way of introduction are our new hosts take on their respective clinics:

Software Testing Clinic Brighton

“Hosting the Software Testing Clinic Brighton! What a daunting and exciting challenge! Personally, I am really excited and honoured to be able to host the Brighton Software Testing Clinic together with Emma.

Myself and Emma have been hosting a tester meetup in Brighton for a few years now but the Brighton meet ups have not really attracted many testers. Then while working in London I attended the Software Testing Clinic a couple of times. It was a really inspiring event with student and mentors learning from each other in a safe environment. I had never seen anything likes this for testers before and knew there and then that I wanted to get involved. After taking part in the session on mentoring and coaching, I knew not to be afraid anymore and to go out there and share.

Brighton has a vibrant tech community with many established meetups across programming languages and schools of thought, but apart from our tester meet up there isn’t much else in our domain. I am hoping that we can provide a great experience for new testers and people interested in the subject and also create some great relationships.”  – Kim Knup

Software Testing Clinic Manchester

“I’m really excited to be able to give something back to a community I’ve learned so much from by helping to bring SWTC to Manchester! Richard and I are looking forward to getting to know some new mentors and mentees, helping new testers enhance their testing skills, and more experienced testers strengthen their mentoring skills.  The great turnout for last year’s Testbash Manchester and the brilliant testing community in the city have shown us how many testers are out there who are enthusiastic about learning more about their craft, and who want to help others navigate the world of test.  We can’t wait to get started!” – Claire Reckless

Software Testing Clinic Cambridge

“Software Testing Clinic is coming to Cambridge! Where to start? How absolutely awesome Software Testing Clinic is? How happy I am for our testing community in Cambridge that we get the chance to host it here? How much I’m looking forward to seeing all the brilliant Cambridge Testers come together to learn, discuss, mentor, enjoy, share, discover, celebrate and explore the world of testing?

I’m in the lucky position to have seen this come together from both sides: as co-organizer of the Ministry of Testing Meetups here in Cambridge I’ve had first-hand exposure to the wonderful people we have here – creative, supportive, inquisitive all the way through! And from the times I’ve participated as a mentor in the London Clinic with Mark and Dan, I’ve enjoyed the great structure it provided to learn and dive deep into important aspects of the Software Testing craft and have seen what a great experience it is for students and mentors alike. The Software Testing Clinic in Cambridge will bring both worlds together and provide a safe and friendly environment for testers to learn and share – and I’m really happy to be a part of it! ” – Karo Stoltzenburg

Three awesome clinics run by amazing hosts is a great way to the end of an already fantastic year for SWTC. However, we are always looking to the future and we want to know where Clinic should start next and with that in mind, we’ve put together some details about hosting a Software Testing Clinic as well as details on how to get in touch with us to tell us you want to run one in your town. So if you feel you have what it takes to run an SWTC and are keen to get involved head over to the Software Testing Clinic site and get in touch! We can’t wait to hear from you.

Why are we doing this?

As with a lot of things in life, it started with a complaint. Well, two complaints:
  1. There are very few companies and events for senior testers to learn coaching and mentoring skills
  2. The amount of skilled testers who know their craft well in the industry is too small
For the past few years and especially after seeing ‘Why I Lost My Job As a Test Manager and What I Learnt As a Result’ by Stephen Janaway[1] I’ve wanted to become a Coach or a Mentor.   However, working as a contractor means I move around a lot, am restricted in what I can work on and who I work with and there are times that I might not be working with other Testers at all!  So how can I improve my coaching and mentoring skills when the opportunities to learn are so few and far between?

 

So one day I was complaining about this to Dan when he replied:

 

‘Do something about it, start a community’

 

Speaking with various managers and recruiters it’s clear that the tech industry suffers from a lack of skilled testers with many Testers leaving the profession to move into other roles[2].  We need a new generation of testers who are committed to the craft and have the right skills for the job. There are many people in chat rooms, testing forums and meetups that are new to Testing and are desperate for knowledge and direction.  However, training courses can be expensive to attend and difficult to get employers to pay for. Bad training could send a tester down the wrong path or require a basic level of experience which someone new to Testing may not have.

 

So Dan and I are doing something about it, we’re starting a community.  We’re starting the Software Testing Clinic.