Every software testers needs to have the skills to do their job. Whether that be experience in tools, working in DevOps, or other technical skills there are basic requirements to do your role.
Though they are often listed on job descriptions, the ability to work with others and communicate well are sometimes ignored for the technical ability to do a role. However the ability of working with others in software testing, being able to communicate and being aware of your own faults and biases are essential to being a great tester.
EuroSTAR Huddle can help with with our Deep Dive People Skills Series coming on 21-24 February. Over the course of 4 days the Huddle will host 6 speakers on four essential topics in working with others in testing. Let’s explore how they can help.
Psychology of Testing
We all have our own psychological biases and this can affect the way we work. In their talk on biases in testing, Michael Kutz & João Proença will explore what is bias, how you can recognise your own biases. They will, more importantly show how you can be aware of your own biases when making decisions. Avoid biases like confirmation bias through this expert talk.
To be a great tester and a great person, you have to be aware of your own strengths and faults. Not just that, you have to be aware of your background too. In her talk, Amanda Perkins shows how different backgrounds can shape your testing. Learn why your experiences outside testing matters and how they can contribute to what you do in software testing.
Communication in Software Testing
Communication is key in any role. How do you improve communication. This can be difficult especially when you have to criticise or assess others work. The emotional work this requires can be draining. So Jeffrey Fredrick and Douglas Squirrel will guide you on a path on learning how to be a good communicator and excel at communication in software testing. Discover the secret to being a good communicator which can benefit both you and your work colleagues.
Being Your Own Ambassador
Sometimes you have to shout about what you do and how good you are at it. This might not be something that you excel at. Creating your own personal brand might be something you would dismiss but you would be surprised to know that it something you do need to think about. In the world of social media, creating a brand image for yourself is very important. If you are applying for a job, looking to submit to a conference to or want to connect with others, your own brand matters. Raj Subrameyer will answer your questions on this in his AMA on Building Your Personal Brand. Ask Raj any question about branding and getting out in the world. Learn why you need to have a Personal Brand and why it it will benefit you.
These group of talks might not teach you how to use the latest automation tool but will teach you other tools and skills that you can use, not just in your work life but also in your home lives too. Make sure to attend the Deep Dive People Skills week to get the most of improving your soft skills and getting to better communication in Software Testing.