Here are a few of the things I did in 2012 to develop my testing skills:
- Traveled to Orcas Island in July for the first ever onsite Rapid Testing Intensive. I got to do some testing, learned a few things I’m applying today in my work, blogged a bit about the days and got to meet some testers from around the world.
- Joined the Association for Software Testing on June 1st!
- Through the AST I enrolled in the Black Box Software Testing Foundations class which I completed in December.
- Joined Stack Exchange, specifically SQA forums.
- Joined Miagi-Do school of testing as a Student in November.
- Read some good books and added dozens more to my Read List
- I need to finish a few books including Lean Startup, Code and An Introduction to General Systems Thinking.
So what does 2013 have in store?
Tomorrow I start the Rapid Testing Intensive Online which will be my first training session of the New Year. I expect to do quite a bit of testing over those 3 days and be able to use that information / work to build my testing portfolio. (One of the outputs from the first RTI onsite was supposed to be a report built by James using the participant’s content but it seems like the amount of work involved was a bit much for James to do on his own. This time around I’ll see what I can put together myself.) In fact I've got a cool bug report I’m hoping to publish very soon (thanks for sucking Microsoft).
I’m not sure when (in terms of dates) it will happen but I want to get through the additional BBST courses this year: Test Design and Bug Advocacy before moving on to the Instructor class. Through Miagi-Do I’m signed up for an online test competition in April and I plan to ask for a few test challenges through Miagi-Do and maybe via Skype with James or Michael.
An important goal this year is to become comfortable coding so I can break through this barrier of understanding how to do test automation. I’m thinking Python and Java are good languages with Python being my primary language. I want to get to a point where I’m comfortable enough that I can build some type of application and then test it along the way. As I said before my reading list is quite extensive (long) so I’d like to dedicate more time to reading and I think I can do that by teach scuba diving a little bit less. Reading lots of books sounds great but I think it’s more important to be able to relate what I learn through reading back to testing through writing.
It’s almost the end of January and I've got my goals set for the next 11 months. Here I go.