I am currently writing a series for Testing Circus on questions I am often asked by newer testers who either want to know if they could be a tester or want to learn how to test. In the February 2013 edition, I address the question “Who Do I Ask Questions?” which is really all about the importance of building relationships.
Below are the first two paragraphs of the article.
Typically a new tester will develop a few close relationships with the testers who are acting as mentors during her initial training. Most likely questions will go back to them. The mentors may identify other employees to review problems and intended functionality. Together the mentor and new tester may discuss what they are witnessing in testing with that employee. Learning how to test can be a bit overwhelming with so much to learn about testing and the product that building relationships may not be at the top of your priority list. Initially that might be okay if you have mentors that are working closely with you.
As you build your confidence with testing techniques and the product, you do need to start building relationships to become independent from your mentors. I recommend you start building these connections as soon as you can. Below are general recommendations for why you need to build different relationships. The departmental structure and job titles may be different in your organization.
Go to Testing Circus to read the entire article.
Prior articles in this series include:
October and November 2012: Do you think I could be a tester?
December 2012: How can I learn to test?
January 2013: How do I know when to stop testing?