The Joy of Being Amongst Fellow Testers


I recently delivered a presentation on Session Based Test Management to the Auckland Test Professionals Network. It was my first presentation. It was fun and I really enjoyed being there.

For me though, the enjoyment factor came afterwards in talking and discussing software testing with other testers.

I noticed something.

There were some testers that had come to learn something. Not everyone did but I’m sure most took away at least one idea or thought. And my thought is this – why don’t we (software testers in New Zealand) actually share our knowledge a lot more?
Some of us blog, a number attend SIGIST meetings, conferences etc but we then either sit on that knowledge or we’re not sure how to share it. IF we grow our community, our discipline then we all benefit!

I was talking to Farid Vaswani and John Lockhart amongst other wonderful testers there. They were very willing to share their own thoughts and ideas on testing and we had a great discussion and explored multiple testing ideas.

Which created a second thought – since we geographically limited,and we are not able to mentor or share and discuss ideas easily in a physical sense, there are a myriad of ways to achieve this online. So i created a Google group called Software Testers New Zealand. And while it’s aiming for a New Zealand flavour, it is in no way limited by country. So if you are outside of New Zealand and wish to become part of this growing community, feel free to join and share your ideas and thoughts!

By doing so, lets mentor each other and take the best from each other.

Happy testing!

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Author: bjosman

Principal Consultant at OsmanIT brian.osman@osmanit.com

6 thoughts on “The Joy of Being Amongst Fellow Testers”

  1. Some of us blog, a number attend SIGIST meetings, conferences etc but we then either sit on that knowledge or we’re not sure how to share it. IF we grow our community, our discipline then we all benefit!

    I strongly agree that as testers we don’t know how to share what we know and benefit fellow testers and the testing craft that we are part of. Blogging, Peer Testing groups, Testing Conferences, Testing Forums like TestRepublic, Software Testing Club are a few ways to get in touch with other testers to share what we know and learn what we don’t know.

    I respect your thought about improving the testing discipline.

    Regards,
    Parimala Shankaraiah

  2. Thanks Brian – I’ve been thinking for a long time we need an online community – the old NZCS mailing list etc has been dead for years unfortunately, though the TPN meetings are still going and great but with no follow up or community around them. Hopefully this may even lead to meeting for beer every few months at least – more for those without kids to put to bed perhaps! cheers, John (at webtest.co.nz)
    P.S. Suggest we all tweet it etc and get the word out – maybe you can convince softed to let their mailing list know?

  3. Hey, Brian, you had a great presentation on that day. Guess what, it was my first time attending such testing related event in New Zealand. Keep up the great work!

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