Randy Rice's Software Testing Site

How to Become a Better Tester

1 Day

Even the best software testers want to get better. This one-day session is designed for any software tester that wants to sharpen their skills. The main objective of this session is to expand your software testing horizons by learning new ways of thinking about software testing.

This is a highly interactive seminar. You will not be able to just sit and listen. You will be challenged to participate and dialog with others.

You will learn at least ten specific ways to add new skills and attributes to increase your value as a tester to your employer. Once learned and applied, these skills and attributes will remain with you for a lifetime!

As a result of attending this seminar, you should have a higher knowledge of software testing and what it takes to be a really great tester, regardless of the technology.

How to Become a Better Tester will motivate you to go deeper in understand what testing is all about. You will learn how to break software in creative ways and also build people skills. You will also leave with the knowledge of how to combine readily available tools in creative ways to boost your testing effectiveness.

Return on Investment

Who Will Benefit

The program requires basic testing knowledge or experience. Extensive technical knowledge is not a pre-requisite.

Contact us for information about how to bring this course into your organization.

Content and Structure

Module 1 - Cultivating a Tester's Mindset

A tester must be able to view software objectively and to see things that may not be readily apparent. This module leads you through the process of:

Module 2 - Giving and Receiving Critical Feedback in Non-Threatening Ways

It takes a special set of skills and a special mindset to be able to deliver critical feedback (the bad news) in ways that are constructive. It's also important to be able to receive critical feedback to improve. This module will help to learn how to both give and receive critical feedback in constructive ways that are helpful to yourself and others. 

Module 3 - Becoming an Indispensable Team Member

These days, people are becoming commodities, which are easily replaced. The best way to prevent being replaced is to become such a valued team member that you will survive, no matter what happens.

Module 4 - Building Your "Secret Weapon" Toolkit

You need leverage to be a great tester. Each really great tester has their own set of tools they take with them, no matter where they go to give them that leverage.

 Module 5 - Sharing Your Knowledge

Everyone has a story to tell. Here's how to get your story out to help others and build your own expertise in the testing field.

Module 6 - Summary

This is a summary of the workshop.


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