Ministry of Testing’s Weekly Software Testing Newsletter

Your Weekly Testing News — Issue 386

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The ability to ask questions is a core skill for any testing professional.

And I realise I very much enjoy asking questions. I ask questions to clarify my assumptions, dig deeper into topics and invite participation & collaboration. Asking a question is also a great way to get to know someone and give them the platform to share their knowledge and experience.

The other evening I was chatting with a friend who recently opened a café. They have a customer who keeps on asking questions and they find it slightly annoying, like their ability to run a café is put into question. It got me thinking about the time and place for asking questions. Let me know when you think it’s a good time to ask a question and perhaps when it’s not.

Last week I set up a series of questions. You’ll see them appear via the Ministry of Testing LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. They are all related to the talks at TestBash UK. If you get the chance, reply to them and share your thoughts. It’ll provide each speaker with inspiration and it’s a great way to contribute to the community.

And we’d love to hear from you if you’ve contributed to the community in any way whatsoever. Record a 3-minute video to inspire yourself and others. Go celebrate!

In other news, win a TestBash UK 2022 ticket. 🎟 Submit your ideas for the ultimate testing slogan and have it printed on a t-shirt for anyone to buy in the MoT store. And later in the year, it’s Test.bash();. We’ve updated the format and re-opened the Call to Speak. What could you talk about when it comes to UI/Visual/API Automation and Data Management? The deadline is the 31st of August. And do keep sending video demos for the challenges.

A few more observations about last week. They seem familiar:

  • Teams focusing efforts on new joiners and perhaps losing sight of those who have been in the team for a while
  • The challenge of nurturing long-term learning within a team
  • A job description for a senior QA that asks for the candidate to assure quality.
  • Those pesky and untimely non-reproducible bugs. 🐛

Anyhow, I’d probably go ask some questions to discover more.

Have a great week!

— Simon, CommunityBoss

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