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Starting Your Software Testing Career - Book Review Adventures in QA

Starting Your Software Testing Career – Book Review

Right at the beginning of 2022, I had the pleasure to interview Nicola Lindgren on my YouTube channel about her new book. The book is called Starting Your Software Testing Career. And finally, more than 4 months later I managed to read the book 🙈 🎉. I wanted to write this post much earlier, but life added some other tasks onto my shoulders 😃. But let’s get right into the book review.

Nicola wrote a wonderful book about software testing and what is important to know when you want to start a career as software tester. The book has 185 pages and is divided in 15 chapters. You can read the book in 2 ways. The first way is, from the first to the last page, which I recommend because Nicola added so many valuable insights about software testing, that even I found some new inspirations for my job in the testing industry. And the second way is to jump right into the chapter that is most interesting to you right now. I highly recommend to add some posts next to you, while you are reading to mark important points also for a later point in time.

Every chapter is well structured and is guiding you through the topic. Nicola is setting the stage for each topic and is providing very useful gems of information. Nicola is writing about the basics of software testing. How to gain skills and what is important to know to get the first job as software tester. She is also writing about the hiring process and what to expect.

I really enjoyed reading the chapters about mentoring and the things I wish I knew in my first year of testing. I found myself so many times in that chapter 😀. In later chapters of the book, Nicola is sharing knowledge about bug reports, test cases vs. exploratory testing and implicit requirements. She is also writing about test automation why is it important and when you should use it.

I don’t want to spoil too many things here in the post. No matter for how long you are working in the testing industry, I highly recommend you to read the book. If you have junior colleagues in your department, tell them to read the book. You will not regret it.

If you want to read the book, you can get it at leanpub. Some more information about Nicola, can be found on her blog: https://nicolalindgren.com/

And last but not least, if you want to hear from Nicola about her book, take a look at the interview below ⬇️

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What Are the 5 Software Testing Trends for 2022

5 Software Testing Trends in 2022

The IT world is an ever changing one. Over the last years we have seen many new technologies arising on the market to change our way we use technology. Just to name smartphone devices, such as mobile phones and tablets. Along side with new technologies and trends, software developers, product managers as well as software tester must adapt to new trends in technology. They must learn new skills, patterns and approaches in order to keep up with the changes.

In one of my lasted videos on my YouTube channel, I took some time to check the market for new as well as established technologies and how they impact the software testing industry in 2022.

5 Software Testing Trends

In the video I am sharing my view of the 5 software testing trends for 2022. I don’t want to spoil too much, but just naming 2 of them in this blog post. The first trend that I see for 2022 is Internet of Things (IoT). You may ask yourself why, since this is not a new technology. Well, IoT is still on the rise and companies still catching up with new technology and how to interact with them. The second trend I see is No-Code or Low-Code technologies. They will have in impact on the software development industry, since they are offering a new way of creating software.

But let’s see what 2022 will bring to all of us, and this is enough as a spoiler to my video 😃. If you have some minutes, take a look at the video and let me know in the comments of the video what you think about the mentioned trends.

And one more thing, it would be really cool if you can share the video in your networks and to subscribe to my channel 🙏🏻..

If you are interested in the reason, why I created the YouTube channel, read more about it here.

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How to get into software testing

How to get into Software Testing

How to get into software testing? This is the question, that I talked about in my latest video, that I published on my YouTube channel. I talked about my personal way, how I got into software testing and what you can do if you want to become a software tester.

I am sharing useful hints, where you can start with software testing education. I share books, online courses and I am talking about the software testing community, which is awesome 😀. Furthermore, I am talking about the things you can do in order to get your first job as a software tester and about the things you should be careful with. Are you already curious? Then take a look at the video below, or watch it here.

If you want to support me, please subscribe to the channel to not miss any upcoming video. In the next days, there will be another special video around the same topic on my channel, just a little teaser for you 😉.

To give you more reasons to subscribe, here is more information about the upcoming videos that I already recorded and waiting to be published:

  • If you need to be certified as software tester
  • How to handle bugs
  • What are great online testing courses and resources
  • Why testing conferences are the best place to be

And there will be more.

Enjoy the latest video, if you want to read about the why I created this channel, make sure to read this post.

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YouTube Channel - Software Testing

My YouTube Channel is Online – Software Testing

Today, I want to share some exciting news with you. Over the last weeks and months I was thinking what to do next in the field of content creation for the software testing industry. I am a blogger since 2011, I am a book author since 2014 and I have published many articles around software testing on various blogs. Furthermore, I gave talks at different conferences and recorded some podcasts. However, writing is still one of my passions, but I want to try out something new. Therefore, I decided during the Christmas break, to take a next step and try out something new. I am going to start a YouTube channel about software testing 🎉.

This is exciting for me, because I never did some proper video recording and editing. I want to take this learning opportunity to grow my skill set and at the same time to share some information and knowledge with you, the testing community.

📺 YouTube Channel – Software Testing

So what is my channel all about? Software Testing. The idea is to share information and knowledge around different topics within software testing. I outlined some potential areas and topics to talk about, they are:

  • How to get started in testing
  • How to get a job in testing
  • Testing techniques
  • Tools and automation in testing
  • Testing Leadership

The main goal for me with this YouTube channel is, that I want to talk freely about software testing, what I like about it (what I hate about it) and what I learned over the past +12 years in the industry. I want to share my knowledge with you and I hope the channel is of interest to you 😀.

You can find the channel here. It would be awesome if you subscribe to it and share the information with our community! I am already preparing the first videos to share them with you soon.

Here is the channel trailer video and what this channel is all about.

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Software Test Coaching - Adventures in QA

Software Test Coaching

It’s been a while since my last blog post. Today, I want to share with you the information, that I am going to offer individual software test coaching sessions from 2022. The goal of the coaching sessions is to help software testers from our craft to become better while learning new skills, to improve existing skills and to exchange on various software testing topics.

What is it all about?

I also want to help people who are stuck in their current position or role to find a software testing job they love. One of many ideas of the software testing coaching sessions can be to crack the software testing interview. In my current role as head of software testing, I am doing many interviews with potential new colleagues. In most of the interviews, I see people poorly prepared for the situation. They don’t know how to express themselves, how to “sell” their skills and what is important to know to get the job. My coaching sessions can fix this.

I am also planning to coach and mentor people who want to get their first job in software testing. Software testing is not a craft, that one is learning in university classes. Many of us, including myself, fell into software testing and stayed. In my coaching sessions, I want to explain people who never worked in the industry before, how to learn software testing, what skills matter these days and how to get the first job in the industry.

Last but not least, I am looking forward to help software testing experts tackling their testing challenges. It might be the case, that you are the only software testing expert in your company and that you have nobody to talk to about your challenges in software testing. In my coaching sessions I offer the time to talk about your testing challenges and how to overcome them in your current situation.

If you are interested in my software test coaching sessions, take a look here. I noted down all the important information and hope to hear from you.

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