Software Testers are highly skilled artists. Just like great artists practice their
art to become a better painter, writer and performer. Testers too practice their skill
to become better testers. Most of our top testers take time to write blog posts
and share their knowledge and skill on the art and craft of testing. Yes most of
the top testers know about heuristics, exploratory testing and some theory of
equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis and orthogonal arrays.
Now how does a tester just starting out figure out what to learn and how to share.
Since each artist that goes through the art school learns the tools of the trade
but then grows as an artist and build his/her own individual identity in the
creative world, that is when we see some of the best artistic work emerge, when
the artist takes the tools, skills and creates something from his own personality.
Similarly testers are also on a journey of learning the tools, heuristics
and skills to become a great tester, each tester goes through their own journey
in finding their own skills in bug hunting and combining them with their knowledge of
testing. Could there be a way to help testers on this journey.
Learn – Test – Write
We believe that every tester can improve their skills and build a reputation for themselves
by sharing about their journey to becoming a highly skilled tester. If your testing
and found a great bug, think through how you were able to find this bug, what was the
heuristic used, and share this in a blog post for all our fellow testers to learn and
improve. This would enable some of the most talented testers to document their learning
and also help out fellow testers in improving their skills