[2014][K04] How to Become a GREAT Tester

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How to become a GREAT Tester [2014-K04]

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How to become a GREAT Tester – Standing in the hall of fame.


Huib Schoots, Codecentric, the Netherlands.


This is my story how I questioned and changed my beliefs over the years. When I discovered my blind side, it set off a series of events that changed my game forever. My testing career has been a long exploration learning more about testing, asking myself how to become a great tester. Finding ways to help my clients and other stakeholders with the best testing possible. I learned by making many mistakes and trying many different ways. I learned structured testing methodologies but still struggled with the testing I did. It just wasn’t right…There is much more to testing that wasn’t told in the common testing classes. And why weren’t we testing actual software in these classes? I started reading more about topics like context-driven testing, social sciences, critical thinking, heuristics and exploratory testing. Some of these ideas where considered controversial by my colleagues. Join me in this interactive talk and question me about the intriguing journey I took. At the same time question your testing like I did. You can become a great tester! You can be champion!


Huib Schoots is agile test consultant at Codecentric where he shares his passion for testing through coaching, training, and giving presentations on a variety of test subjects. With over seventeen years of experience in IT and software testing, Huib is experienced in different testing roles. Curious and passionate, he is an agile, exploratory and context-driven tester who attempts to read everything ever published on software testing. A member of the Dutch Exploratory Workshop on Testing, black-belt in the Miagi-Do School of software testing and co-author of a book about the future of software testing, Huib maintains a blog on magnifiant.com.

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