How to learn software testing?


Joel Montvelisky, Chief solution architect at Practitest – test management tool, and Rob Lambert, Director of cultivated management, a tech consulting company, talk about different ways to become testers.


How and where should we learn “testing”?

  • There are many possible paths you can take in order to start learning how to test. The path you choose is related to your background. Perhaps you are a business owner or a tech professional who decided to make a career change or maybe you don’t have any related background at all. Your background influences the learning path that you choose.
  • Testing is contextual. Testing knowledge and technical knowledge is important, but understanding the business world you would eventually test is equally as important.
  • Two useful modules of test learning:
  1. Knowledge acquisition learning – reading a book, going to a conference, a seminar, etc.
  2. Test acquisition learning – putting the things that you learn into practice.

Some main takeaway points:

  • A good way to start your career as a tester is by shadowing an experienced, tester that can explain all his/her steps and workflow clearly
  • Search for an opportunity to put your testing knowledge on a testing related website.
  • Podcasts related to testing can be a great way to learn, as well as other podcasts that can give you additional skills that would help you fit in the business you are aiming for.
  • The importance of conferences as a source of training and knowledge and how to put them to good use.
  • Work with a knowledge management system in order to organize the knowledge you acquired.
  • There are a variety of testing courses out there, a good testing course can also help in acquiring the needed testing knowledge.