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My Experience with BBST Foundations

My Experience with BBST Foundations

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.

The BBST experience!

Well after hearing so many great things about it I decided to enroll into the BBST Foundations summer class.

I received the workbook in my mailbox before the online course began. I found it really helpful and I had the chance to get a better glance at what was coming.

When I started the online course my plan was to do as much as I can, since the estimated time for the workload was 1-2 hours per day. In that period of time I was pretty busy (work, wedding preparations) so every chance I got at some free time I would spend it on BBST.

After I got started and saw how interesting it is, spending the free time on BBST related activities became natural and fun. This didn’t happen with most online courses I’ve taken.

Why did it feel so natural and fun to spend so much time on the BBST activities?

From my perspective (a software tester with 7 years of experience at that time) I liked that I had to really understand the lessons in order to answer quizzes and do my homework. I got the chance to better understand some key concepts that I already knew.

I was exposed to different contexts in some situations that I wasn’t exposed before, such as understanding the testing mission for the testing effort in a game testing context. Even though I don’t work in game testing, this lesson in particular showed me that you need to apply the best practice in that context. While many other testing courses present a best practice on all contexts, this course is different.

The feedback sessions with the instructors were also fun. I received feedback after every assignment and not just at the end of the course. In this way I was able to have certainty that I understood the lessons and that, if I missed something, I would realize it before the final exam.

What’s next?

Well, I think this was the most “worked for” course certificate and the one that gave me the most satisfaction and pride in completing a course.

This year I want to enroll in the BBST Bug Advocacy class 🙂


Andrei Pirvulescu


Andrei Pirvulescu, QA Lead at Optaros

Software tester for 8 years, amazed by software testing on a daily basis




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8 Reasons Why BBST is Not Another Certification Course

8 Reasons Why BBST is Not Another Certification Course

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 sceptical at first. BBST seemed to me like another certification without any real value – especially when it is just online.

But I was totally wrong and I realised it quite soon. This course is really different in every aspect. I will try to point out the most significant differences.

1. You are not asked to memorize tons of terms and definitions, you have to UNDERSTAND the given problem.

2. It is up-to you when to work on course – are you more productive after midnight? No problem.

3. Peer reviews – this is the most significant difference. I was just amazed how much interesting information and different points of view I learned thanks to other students. Just reading answers of other students helps you think differently and in ways you normally wouldn’t.

4. Final exam questions are available since the beginning of the course – another HUGE advantage of this course.

5. Interactive grading of final exam: this is next awesome advantage – in my exam I had wrong calculations in some answers, but when going through it with my instructor, I was able to demonstrate that I really understood the problem and I only did a little typo. So even if your answer is wrong, you are given the opportunity to show that you understand the topic and you usually get a better grade.

6. You can contact any instructor almost any time on Skype and you get your answer.

7. You can have Skype sessions with one of the most influential test expert out there – Cem Kaner.

8. People behind this course understand that almost every student has its own daily job, so if you decide for example in the middle of the course that you don´t have enough time to study, you can cancel your participation and take another round few months later with no extra cost! This actually happened to me.


To sum it up – this course is not for people who just want to have nice addition to CV. You are pushed to your limits, but in a nice and entertaining way. For example, understanding why defect arrival rate is nice to measure, but useless for project evaluation is the type of information you would get. You will learn how to effectively communicate with other stakeholders, how to make your point when you are concerned about quality, which arguments to use, what type of research to do etc. Cem shows different test approaches when you have different information objectives, you will see some programming fundamentals, you will learn how to effectively describe your ideas and answers and many more things. I can definitely highly recommend this course. I’m already looking forward for Bug Advocacy.

A few tips for successful completion:

– Don’t be shy and do peer reviews of other students’ works from the beginning! This helps much more than you think.

– Start preparing the final exam questions as soon as possible, preferably from day 1! – actually this point was crucial for me and assured that I passed.

– Don’t spend too much time on less important things (quizzes, too much time spent on orientations…etc), always use recommended time, not more.


Tomas Straka

Tomas Straka, Senior Test Analyst at Summit UK

Tomas Straka, tester with natural ability to break things, passionate about software development, mobile technologies and gaming. With experience in banking industry as well as in retail marketing area, he is always trying to find ways how to improve quality. Besides testing, his love is guitar, snowboard, driving, reading sci-fi and social activities in Prague.