SWTC Monthly update – April 2018

Hello and welcome to our new monthly update for Software Testing Clinic! Last week saw us pass the two year anniversary of when we ran the first ever Clinic in London and it’s a great time to reflect on how much we’ve grown and changed. We’ve made new friends, seen new wonderful testers and experienced mentors grow and created new communities!

It’s great to look back but it’s equally exciting looking to the future of SWTC. There is a lot going on behind the scenes to help educate, support and encourage a new generation of testers as well provide new opportunities to those already in the industry, and we want to share with you what we have planned. So that’s what this new monthly update is about, sharing with you all our plans to make SWTC even more awesome!

SWTC Belfast is coming!

First up, there’s no better way to celebrate SWTC hitting two years old by announcing that we are starting a new Software Testing Clinic in Belfast. Belfast has proved itself to already be a vibrant community with the hugely successful TestBash Belfast last year, so it made sense to get involved and start up a Clinic with some of the communities most active contributors.

We also have a new first with Software Testing Clinic Belfast being run by not two hosts, but three! We have three excellent testers with a wide-ranging background in the form of Hugh McCamphill, Heather Reid and Nicholas Shaw who have this to say:

Hugh

I’ve slowly been getting more and more involved in the testing community in Belfast, starting with having run the Belfast Selenium Meetup for a few years and then really taking off with being a co-organiser of last years TestBash Belfast. I think the Software Testing Clinic is an amazing initiative and I’m super excited then to be involved in bringing it to Belfast! We have a great Tech community in Belfast and it’s through this that I met Heather and Nick, and I’m delighted to be working with them to help aspiring new and experienced testers in Belfast get engaged with learning and mentoring about testing and to be able to give something back to the wider community!

Heather

Belfast has a massive tech scene! One thing I’ve been noticing though is that there are a tonne of testing jobs and no testers to fill them. I’ve met some friends for life and mentors through attending some of the already established meetups in the city. That’s how I met Nick and Hugh. I’ve also attended some of the Clinics that Mark and Dan have run at the various TestBashes. I believe that a Clinic in Belfast will compliment the established meetups fantastically and help provide that stepping stone for people to go from discovering new testing techniques, to maybe one day being a speaker at one of the other meetups.

Nick

It’s truly fantastic to see the Software Testing Clinic come to Belfast, since the first SWTC was announced, I knew it could be incredible as a resource for training testers. It was at that time I first began annoying Mark about bringing it to Belfast and years later it’s good to learn persistence pays off!

Through co-organising the NI Testers meet up with the majestic Neill Boyd and Allan Hunter, I know we have a strong community of potential mentors, as well as hungry mentees. I’m looking forward to seeing what SWTC can do for those interested in software testing in Belfast and how the local scene will flourish even more as a result.

Welcome aboard Hugh, Heather and Nick!

Host change for SWTC London

SWTC London has just successfully finished its second season of sessions and will be back in May but with a slight change. Going forward Mark will no longer be hosting SWTC London with Dan (but you may see him sneak in as a mentor or student from time to time). Though this is very sad, Mark is using this opportunity to focus and grow SWTC as a whole (more on that in a minute).

However, as one host leaves another joins and we’re very excited to announce that Abby Bangser will be joining SWTC London as host. Abby was one of our first SWTC London mentors and supporters and will be joining Dan from May onwards, adding her own experiences and expertise to each session. Abby is an amazing tester and trainer and we’re so pleased that she will be joining SWTC London. Here’s Abby’s take on joining us:

I am very excited to be joining SWTC London as a host after being a part of it as a mentor from the beginning. What is so amazing about SWTC is that there are learnings everywhere, whether it is your first time learning about testing, you are a new mentor, or a seasoned attendee and becoming a host is definitely my next opportunity to learn. Thank you to Mark and Dan for bringing me on board and looking forward to working with the amazing team of other hosts as well of course to all the attendees in London!

Work begins on SWTC 2.0

2018 will prove to be an exciting year for SWTC as we begin work on our next iteration of SWTC or SWTC 2.0. With Mark leaving SWTC London he will be focusing on growing SWTCs support network and learning opportunities for Hosts, Mentors and Students alike by implementing SWTC 2.0. Meanwhile, Dan will be looking into new training opportunities and ways to financially support SWTC and help it expand.

We’ll share more details about SWTC 2.0 but we’re very excited about what this new initiative will provide those who want to start their own Clinics in the future as well as giving a voice to Mentors and Students about what they want to learn and how.

That’s it for this month, we will be back next month with hopefully more info on SWTC 2.0 and future plans.

– Dan and Mark