EvangelistPunk Reading List

If you look on the site Menu, you might notice a new item has appeared – my Reading List.

This is, in short, a list of the books I’ve read which have particularly helped me during my journey in software testing, and that I would recommend to anyone carving their own path through our profession.

Any glaring omissions? Anything you want to point me towards? Let me know!

Software Testing Meetup – Kent / South East

In London, it seems that you can’t throw a brick without it crashing into the middle of a Software Testing / QA Meetup*. But once you get outside of the big cities, things tend to thin out quite a bit. And as far as I can tell, there’s absolutely nothing going on for Testers / QAs in my neck of the woods – Kent.

So, are there any Software Testing / QA meetups happening in Kent that I don’t know about, and that I could get involved with?

If not, would there be any regular interest in either attending or speaking at one if I were to organise it?

If I were to put a meetup together, I’d like it to be an open, friendly environment where junior testers can seek advice and learn their craft, where experienced testers can help mentor while sharing experiences and ideas, and for all involved to discuss any recent innovations or working practices they’ve found which worked really well, any issues they’re facing, any interesting articles or media they may have found and so on. As a result, everyone involved would be helping to build and contribute to a local support network where questions and ideas can be floated, issues can be discussed, and feedback and answers given in a positive and productive way.

The contacts I’ve made in my other life mean I’ll have no problem getting a room sorted out in a pub somewhere, so we can get together and talk about our industry, and our particular discipline within our industry.

As for location, if I were to put something together in Ashford, that could potentially capture Canterbury, Folkestone, Hythe, Romney Marsh, Dover, Deal, Thanet, Tonbridge, Maidstone, Tenterden and Tunbridge Wells – so, the majority of South Kent.

If the interest is there, I’ll happily organise the meetup via… erm… meetup.com – but I need to know the interest is there first. So feel free to share this post far and wide with folks in the Testing / QA industry across the South East – the interest it receives will be the key factor in deciding whether or not to go ahead with a dedicated meetup in Kent.

*Please note – I do not advocate the throwing of bricks in London as a means of finding a Testing Meetup.

Ministry of Testing

I’ve been asked a few times if there are any communities or other blogs that I recommend for continuing to learn the QA & Testing craft, and for engaging with other folks in our field of expertise.

Yes, there is.

Support MoT

I’m a supporter and fan of Ministry of Testing. Rosie Sherry, and her ever-growing group of presenters and contributors have come together to build a fantastic software testing community, full of tutorials, discussions, knowledge sharing and information for testers of all levels. Plus, their growing portfolio of TestBash conferences around the world are some of the friendliest, most accessible conferences around.

And now, I’m very proud to have my blog as part of the Testing Blog Feed on their site. This feed is an absolute goldmine of thoughts and ideas on all aspects of testing, and I’m looking forward to contributing to it immensely.