Welcome to the Software testing Clinic - Getting started


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Welcome to the Software testing clinic, part of the Ministry of Testing. If you are new to SWTC then it’s worth reading over this post to get a better understanding of who we are and what we do.

What is Software testing clinic?

The Software Testing Clinic is a safe environment for those who are interested in software testing to learn and enhance their testing skills whilst enabling more experienced testers to learn and enhance their mentoring skills. We’re a part of the Ministry of Testing family who is supporting us in offering quality training on key concepts of software testing in a way that is easy to access and isn’t restrictive based upon price.

It’s important to us to help testers be the best they can be, which we’ve been doing for a year with great success and awesome feedback. We’ve even had had some of our students credit us with helping them find that first job in software testing.

What do we offer in training?

Forum

If you are here then you have obviously discovered that we have our own dedicated section in ‘The Club’. In here we bring students and mentors together to answer questions, set exercises and share previous SWTC meetups. The forum channel, like everything in SWTC, is a safe place to ask anything without worry. If you do have any concerns then please get in touch with either @mwinteringham or @danashby.

Meetups

We run a regular series of meetups in London, UK that cover a wide range of topics that we feel are important to learn to become a great Software tester. Our sessions usually consist of a mix of whiteboarding sessions, talks and interactive exercises that will get you thinking about what skills and tools you need to be a great software tester on a specific topic. All the while being supported by a group of great mentors who are there to help answer any questions you may have.

In the past year we covered the following topics:

  • What is testing
  • Testing requirements
  • Heuristics and Oracles
  • Test Design
  • Interviews for Testers
  • Communication
  • Agile Testing
  • Exploratory testing
  • Chartering and SBTM
  • Note taking
  • Automation
  • Technical testing

Getting involved

You can get started straight away by getting starting a discussion or asking a question on the forum. If you’re interested in attending a meetup you can sign up to one of our sessions via one of these sites: