Career Development and Learning Strategies for Testers” is a series of articles providing different approaches to develop testers skills and knowledge from both a managerial and tester perspective. The focus of this article is the Testing Community. Becoming involved in the Testing Community is important as it provides a wealth of knowledge and learning opportunities. Our world has no boundaries when we connect with testers around the world. Understanding how they are approaching similar problems can introduce new tools such as laying out testing strategies using a Mind Map.
There is not a one-size-fit-all approach. It is important that each tester tries different approaches to build a network and to develop those relationships (whether it is through email, Skype, or in person.) If you try Twitter and find the mode of communication too limiting, then you might want to try G+ or participate in Weekend Testing. The actual path you take is not important – it is important that you connect, build relationships, and build a reputation. Not only can this reputation help you find a job but it allows you an avenue to develop your skills and help other testers.
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!