Ministry of Testing’s Weekly Software Testing Newsletter

Your Weekly Testing News — Issue 372

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I learned a lot last week.

I learned what matters to some of the testing community. I’m grateful to those who I spoke with during my 1–2–1 Belong-O-Meter calls. Like, how might Ministry of Testing better support the community in timezones that aren’t aligned with the UK? How might we help each other find our definition of community contribution?

We explored alternatives to asking questions, writing articles/blogs and speaking at events, such as liking/re-sharing/amplifying the work of others and publically and privately sharing thanks. We all need encouragement and it feels good to give it. The outcome of encouragement accelerates our learning. I plan to write up the results and reflections and publish parts of the (anonymised) feedback soon.

As someone who didn’t attend TestBashX Edinburgh, the fear of missing out (FOMO) was real. Fortunately, Richard Bradshaw (BossBoss) shared some excellent videos to keep us all connected. Like this one on the learning carousel format. Talking of TestBash, the first wave of speakers for TestBash World has been announced. Learn more. 🌎🌍🌏

I’m also excited to see good progress with the open-source curriculum. Sarah Deery (LearningBoss) leads this exciting initiative. I place a good bet it will entirely reshape software testing training as we know it. Read how it’s evolving and how you can help co-create it.

You might know that MoT has annual partners — they help us support the community throughout the year. As part of this rather excellent partnership, we are able to give you the opportunity to connect with our partners and ask questions. Feel free to ask TestRail your questions.

One final thing, thirteen of us collectively captured shared notes on articles about Exploratory Testing. It was kinda surreal sitting in digital silence yet amazing to see our notes unfold. The magic continued as we debriefed collectively and learned together. I genuinely had no idea how it would go, yet Note Takers appeared to be a success and received positive feedback. Pro members, please do keep an eye out for another one coming soon.

Have a good week.

— Simon, CommunityBoss

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