If you do testing, and recognize how cognitively rich the activities involved in testing are, you probably also recognize the importance of testing skills.
On all the projects I’ve contributed to, good testing, deep testing, involved skills. Asking a random person from the street to test on the project would probably not have led to spectacular results (unless, of course, they happen to be an exquisite tester with awesome testing skills!). Developing those skills requires a lot of work.
- By Alexandra Casapu
- September 15, 2016
If you have completed BBST Foundations, congratulations! You can now move on to a more hands-on part of the BBST series, starting with evaluating bug reports in the Bug Advocacy course module.
Compared to Foundations, this module is much more focused on practical exercises. You get to work on live bug reports of open-source applications. You can actually contribute to the documentation of these bugs.
The most appreciated feature of the course is the interactive grading session. In contrast to Foundations, this session happens halfway through the course: you get feedback for an assignment, instead of the final exam. This way, your instructors will provide feedback that you can apply immediately on a subsequent assignment.
I learned about BBST from several people in the testing community who told me how cool it is and how even if you’re experienced in software testing you will still learn a lot. This and the fact that I don’t have to memorize but instead understand the key concepts got me really intrigued. I’m kind of skeptic around online courses but I felt like I needed to check this one out.
When I started in IT a few years ago, I had no IT education, so I started taking different certificates. BBST Foundations is my fourth one (I already have ISTQB foundation, ISTQB advanced, BCS foundation).
Recently I found a new job as a Senior Test Analyst and my manager really wanted me to pass this training. Based on my experience with certifications, I was quite skeptical at first. BBST seemed to me like another certification without any real value – especially when it is just online.
The first course in the Black Box Software Testing series is called BBST® Foundations, but don’t let the title fool you: this course is not only for beginner testers. How would you, no longer a novice to software testing, benefit from taking this course? – To help you find an answer to this question, we have compiled a list – tailored for the experienced tester – of valuable takeaways from the course.
We are pleased to work with our colleagues at Altom to offer BBST Foundations in Software Testing from October 5 through November 2, 2014. This class will be on our new learning platform.
Participants will receive a copy of the BBST Foundations of Software Testing workbook.
If you’d like a seat in the upcoming class, visit the Foundations training webpage for additional details and registration. If you’d like to book training for a group from your company, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- By Ru Cindrea
- July 31, 2014
Starting with this next BBST® Foundations class, we will be using a new online learning platform – Canvas from Instructure.
Canvas is a new and modern platform, allowing both students and instructors to easily navigate through the course modules and intuitively use its online features.
Amongst our favorite features, besides the intuitive user interface and modern look, we would like to mention:
- An excellent mobile application, allowing you to check your progress, read and contribute to discussions and read assignments and lectures straight from your mobile phone or your tablet (either from iOS or Android devices)
- A calendar view with all the deadlines for each of the assignments in the class and your scheduled meetings with the instructors, all setup in your own time zone. The calendar feed allows you to easily add all these to your own personal calendar, so you have all the important dates saved on your computer or on your mobile phone.
We are excited to start a collaboration with Kaner, Fiedler & Associates, LLC and to be offering a new generation of public BBST® courses.
We will try to gather here extra information useful for the courses, as well as impressions and tips from other people involved in the course, instructors and former students.
Together with the course and the BBST community, we would like this blog to help with building a platform for enabling learning in the testing area.
Testing is a complex activity, requiring a lot of knowledge and skills, when performed with passion and dedication. This is an idea we want to spread, and if you are inspired by it, we want to encourage you to further share it and build on it.
We also work with the idea that testing can be a valuable tool in software development projects. We enjoy learning experiences that we find useful in our work. This is what we would like to give further: an effective learning process, through which testing can be learned at a level which renders it very useful in the software development process.
Let’s make the most out of learning and testing!
The online pilot for BBST Domain Testing is scheduled for June 22 – July 19, 2014. Join Cem Kaner and Becky Fiedler for a first look at the newest online course. The pilot class is your chance to influence course topics, shape activities, and give feedback on the final course. Read Chris Kenst’s report on his experience at the first pilot in January: http://www.testingcircus.com/bbst-domain-testing-experience-report/
Apply to participate here. [Registration is now closed]
If you are selected, you will need The Domain Testing Workbook (either print or electronic format available at contextdrivenpress.com or Amazon) to use in the class. We also will require a $50 non-refundable deposit to defray the costs of hosting the class.Any questions? Send them to email@example.com.