SWTC Monthly Update – December 2018

Greetings from a very sleep deprived Mark! A short update for this month as we are winding down for Christmas. With all the festivities upcoming including office parties, manic shopping and overeating/drinking we’ve decided to skip December sessions and will be resuming in January. This is a great opportunity for SWTC Manchester, Brighton and Cambridge as they come up to their one year anniversary to reflect and improve for next year.

SWTC 2.0 starts to make progress

As mentioned a few months back we rolled out the SWTC 2.0 plan to all our hosts and we’ve started to get organised to improve the overall SWTC experience. Our first port of call was to make our lesson plans more accessible and easy to collaborate on. This resulted in us adopting GitBook to store our lesson plans, which can now be found here. What’s very cool is that we have synced the GitBook to a new GitHub account, allowing us to collaborate on new ideas and lesson plans for our students and mentors.

So that’s it for this post and for 2018. We’re super excited for 2019 as we have big plans to make SWTC extra awesome. So Merry Christmas and we’ll see you all in the new year!

SWTC Monthly Update – November 2018

Hello! Some fabulous news this month – hold on to your hats (I’m assuming you’ve all got your winter hats on, since it’s gotten really cold this week).

Welcome Baby Winteringham!!”

Baby Winteringham is our newest and youngest member of the SWTC family and I hear she’s already learning Ruby and how to test APIs.
Congratulations to the Winteringhams! I hope you’re adjusting to the severe lack of sleep, Mark! 😊

SWTC Midlands rescheduled to the 28th November!

Come along and learn what it takes to be a mentor at future SWTC Midlands sessions!
After October’s opening session for the new Software Testing Clinic Midlands branch had to be cancelled, it’s now officially been rescheduled back in for the 28th of November!
Vern and Wanda are all set to dive in to detail on how to help you get into mentoring at the future SWTC sessions in the Midlands, and I (Dan) am really excited to be able to attend this first session too!
The session will take place at the Experian offices in Nottingham. Make sure to sign up to attend! It’s gonna be awesome!

SWTC Belfast is ON!

There’s only a week to go before Heather, Nick and Hugh kick off the Software Testing Clinic sessions in Belfast!
With the first session focused on what it takes to be a SWTC mentor, come along to learn more about how to mentor, coach and teach. As well as take part in some great fun activities and exercises to help set you up for mentoring at future sessions.
Heather, Hugh and Nick will be joined by Del and Tracey from the SWTC Glasgow sessions for this one too. Del and Tracey have done a fantastic job in Glasgow for the past year, so come and hear their stories on how the Software Testing Clinic has helped people, and hear about the pact that you mentors can make in the future sessions.
The session will take place at the Deloitte offices on Wednesday the 7th of November. Sign up here!

Till next time!
Mark & Dan

SWTC Monthly Update – September 2018

Bad news, the summer holidays are almost done. Good news, SWTC is busier than ever and growing! We’ve a couple of new SWTCs ready to rock and we’re continuing to work on SWTC 2.0 (more on that next month hopefully) to improve the SWTC experience for everyone. SWTC London is just getting back into its groove and SWTC Brighton, Cambridge and Manchester continue to flourish and it’s astonishing to see how far through the season they have all got. Time flies!

Announcing SWTC Midlands

This is hot off the press, so hot we haven’t had time to get quotes from our newest hosts: Vernon ‘Tutu’ Richards (Sorry Vern – Mark) and Wanda Hawkins. However, we’re pleased to announce that both are joining us to start a new SWTC in the Midlands, specifically in Nottingham.

Anybody who has been to a TestBash will know Vernon for his awesome MC’ing skills but he has a little secret he’s been keeping. He’s an amazing tester with bags of experience both in testing and teaching testing. Combined with the talented Wanda, who is a well-known organiser of Agile events in the area and equally experienced tester, SWTC Midlands is going to kick ass! We’re currently working with SWTC Midlands to get everything organised for a start in October and hope to share a little more from Vernon and Wanda soon.

Congrats to SWTC Glasgow

Finally, we want to congratulate Del and Tracey for finishing their first season of SWTC Glasgow. The work they have put into making SWTC Glasgow grow and work for the students and mentors has been astounding and it’s been amazing to see how much they’ve grown in confidence throughout the year. We always knew it was going to be risky handing over our SWTC baby to others, but they’ve done a great job and not just delivered fantastic sessions but helped the content and approach of SWTC mature as well. Congrats again to both!

As for future plans for SWTC Glasgow, there will be more announced in the future after Del and Tracey take a well-earned break.

Where is SWTC Belfast?

Due to the workload outside of SWTC we have faced lately we have had to the let the organisation of SWTC Belfast slide a little and this is completely on Mark and Dan. Add to that the summer holidays (who wants to stay inside and learn when it’s so sunny outside) it’s meant there has been a delay but we hope to rectify that soon.

We’re happy to say things are back on track and we are working with HughHeather and Nick to get the first events up in the next month or so.

Well, that’s all for it this month, there is a lot going on in SWTC that we are excited to share in future posts but for now, our focus is getting SWTC Belfast and Midlands ready for all those budding testers out there.
– Mark and Dan

SWTC Monthly Update – July 2018

June has been a very busy time for myself and Dan with conference season in full swing and balancing work and personal life. However, that doesn’t mean our SWTC hosts haven’t been giving it their all! Brighton, Cambridge and Manchester are now in full swing and SWTC Glasgow is fast approaching the end of their first season. The meetups are going strong and it’s a testament to all the hosts how organised they are, delivering amazing sessions with their own unique experiences and style.

SWTC 2.0 progress

As for SWTC 2.0, we have seen some progress. On the community side, Mark has spent time with each of the Hosts talking about their experiences of running an SWTC and what works for them and what doesn’t as well as some unexpected but inspired ideas. The information gathered has been extremely useful and it will form the basis for the SWTC 2.0 community we want to grow.

Additionally, we are now starting to roll out training sessions which are lead by our hosts in paid public and private events. The first of these is being carried out as we speak by Claire @clairereckless and Kim @punkmikwho are running an Exploratory Testing 101 session at the London Tester Gathering Workshops. There will also be a session at TestBash Manchester with Hosts Tracey @tbaxter78 and Karo @karostol so if you are coming to Manchester, you definitely want to check that out.

It’s great to see the opportunities opening up for our Hosts to meet and work together from different clinics as well as do what they do best in situations outside of the traditional SWTC clinics.

Congratulations in order!

Finally, we just want to say a quick congratulations to our Hosts Emma at SWTC Brighton and Claire at SWTC Manchester for starting new jobs! It’s a privilege to see our hosts grow in confidence and we are sure they will bring that into their new roles.

So that’s it for this post. Short but sweet but my hope is to have more to tell you all in future posts as we start getting back into the swing of things (and try not to be distracted by the sunshine!)

– Dan and Mark

Software Testing Clinic Manchester and Brighton are live!

Hello all,

It’s been a busy few months find venues and sponsors for our new Software testing clinics. All that hard work has paid off and Software Testing Clinic Manchester and Brighton are now live! We will be starting with a special session for anyone looking to sign up as a Mentor so if you want to come join a safe space to learn about mentoring and how you can contribute to Software Testing Clinic then sign up via the links below:

Software Testing Clinic Manchester – https://ti.to/mot/software-testing-clinic-manchester
Software Testing Clinic Brighton – https://ti.to/mot/software-testing-clinic-brighton

Sessions for students will begin shortly after the mentor sessions so sign up to the Ministry of Testing Meetup pages to keep yourselves up to date with latest sessions:

Manchester – https://meetup.com/ministry-of-testing-manchester
Brighton – https://meetup.com/ministry-of-testing-brighton

Hopefully see you all there!
Mark and Dan

SWTC Newsletter September edition

Our next newsletter is out and it’s crammed with goodies! You can find new articles, videos, discussions and some recommended blogs posts in Septembers edition to enjoy.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and we’ll have a brand spanking new one for you in October.

Remember, if you have a testing question that you would like answered, you can drop your question on The Club thread and we will answer it.

– Dan and Mark

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.