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My two-part article on “Training Someone New to Testing” can be found in the March and April 2012 issue.

The focus of this two-part article is guidelines for training someone who is new to software testing. Part 1 discusses different sources of training. Part 2 focus is on the actual hands-on training. The techniques and tips provided can be helpful if you are training a new tester or if you are the newbie!

How much training is required?
Before identifying how to train an employee new to testing, you need to understand his understanding of testing concepts. Not necessarily formal software testing and knowledge of testing terms. Instead does he have any programming experience where he tested his own code? If yes, how did he test, what was his thought process? Does he have any hobbies such as building spreadsheets or databases to track information? Another avenue to pursue is how he approaches problem solving. Try to understand his level of testing and problem-solving experience as that will help you define his training program.

If you enjoyed the intro of this article, please read the rest at Tea-time with Testers. I try to write my articles from a practical standpoint with advice for both managers and testers that you can apply immediately. If you have any questions or suggestions for articles just let me know. I would love to hear from you!

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