Welcome to Q&A, a series in which we discuss testing and quality with guests from the world of technology and software development.
Some guests you may know well, and others might be less familiar. You should learn something new about each of them, and something new from each of them. Each brings their own perspectives and insights on quality and testing.
The format will be the same each time:
- a little information about this month’s guest and what they are currently up to
- some questions for them to answer
- some answers for them to question (the ‘Jeopardy’ section where I will provide the answer and ask the interviewee to give me the question)
- finally, the ‘Pass it on’ section with a question from last month’s participant and the opportunity to pose a question for next month’s guest
In this edition of Q&A we are joined by Rosie Sherry who many readers will know as the inspirational founder of global testing community (not to mention learning platform, event organiser, forum, and all round testing powerhouse), Ministry of Testing.
In Rosie’s own words:
“I started this thing called. You may have heard of it. I’ve been working on it for 10 years. I love the world of testing and the journey of creating a community and bootstrapping MoT as a business has been an amazing experience. When I’m not doing that I run or get hands on unschooling my 5 kids. You can find my personal site at or )”
Welcome to Q&A, Rosie. Would you like to tell us about anything interesting you’ve been involved in recently, any exciting upcoming ventures, or just what you are working on at the moment?
If you encountered a version of yourself from earlier in your career, and talked about how you approach your work, what would you disagree on?
When you look back at your career so far, what do you consider to be the highlight(s)?
When you think back to these highlights, what were the most important lessons you learned?
When you consider the many organisations around the world involved in developing software and technology, is there an example of one which stands out for you as having a focus on quality?
What do you think is the most common misconception about testing?
And now, the Jeopardy section. I’ll provide you with some answers and ask you to suggest the questions…
What is… ‘ytilauq’ backwards?
What is… something the whole team can be involved in to help create a better product?
Lastly, the ‘Pass it on’ section. This question was posed by last month’s participant, Neil Studd:
“What is the one piece of knowledge/wisdom that you wish every new tester could receive when starting their first job?”
There can often be overwhelming pressure to feel the need to know everything about the software and technology under test. This can often overwhelm a new tester and make them feel inferior. To overcome this I’d recommend:
And finally, what question would you like to pose for next month’s participant?
What can testers do better to share our craft with non-testers?
Many thanks to Rosie for taking part in Q&A. See you next time!