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Software Testing Mentors

A group for people who can mentor software testers or for testers on the hunt for mentors.

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I am looking for a mentor

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Facing strange error in selenium IDE.

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Comment by Anne-Marie Charrett on April 1, 2009 at 18:55
I'm offering some mentoring. Not too sure how much or in what area. I suppose we need to work out some way of defining the amount of work, the type of work, where the work will take place and what medium would be used.
Comment by Joel Montvelisky on April 2, 2009 at 5:43
I think that it would also be useful to try to set some methodology or process on how we want to at least initiate the mentoring process.

It may also be a bit early, but we should also leverage the fact that this is a group and try to leverage the collective knowledge to handle possible challenges in the individual mentoring projects.
Comment by Michael Bolton on April 2, 2009 at 16:19
From my Web site:

Lifetime free technical support

All of my work—courses, workshops, articles, conference presentations, blog posting—comes with lifetime free technical support. That applies whether you've received the service, or whether you're merely thinking of it. In other words, I'm delighted to hear from you and I'm glad to offer help at any time.

Thanks to James Bach for the idea behind this service offering.


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Telephone: +1 (416) 656-5160 (home office); +1 (416) 992-8378 (mobile)
Comment by Glenn Halstead on April 3, 2009 at 0:36
If involved in the mentoring I'd get most satisfaction mentoring a tester in my local area. At least local enough that we could meet up several times a year without too much effort.
Comment by Brad Winborg on April 3, 2009 at 1:41
I think this is a great idea, I have been in SQA for 25 plus years, and the vast majority of testing methods, and ideas came from developers running the show. I have seen some change in that over the last few years but only very recently have I seen tests and testing departments start to truly assert their own ideas and methodologies. That has happened because of groups like this. It would be my pleasure to add my knowledge to help the testing profession grow and prosper in whatever way I can. It is a great job and companies need to learn it is as important as any other department and not something you throw away when money gets tight.
Comment by Matthew Heusser on April 3, 2009 at 1:44
I'm in west michigan. I voip, skype, google video (the plugin for gmail), whatever. I'm up for talking testing, testing challenges, test strategy, people strategy, project strategy, whatever. And I won't only interact as a mentor, I'd also be happy to just have iron sharpen iron as peers.
Comment by Michael Bolton on April 3, 2009 at 2:02
Well, this is all very good... but is anyone interested in being mentored? :)
Comment by Jared Quinert on April 3, 2009 at 2:30
Our MAST group in Melbourne, Australia is basically set up for practitioners want to discuss testing practice. If anyone wants help with anything testing-related, all they need to do is turn up with a problem (and a laptop if the problem is technical) and the willingness to discuss it. We regularly have a group of expert testers, automators, performance testers, consultants and managers. http://melbournetesters.ning.com/

And most of my mentoring comes from that group (and others on these forums), so I won't need to look for it here :)
Comment by Peter Nairn on April 3, 2009 at 10:33
I have done mentoring, both local and remote and enjoy it.

To follow up on Michael's point, maybe those of us who do mentoring should mentor each other too? Even in the art of mentoring!

(And Michael has provided me with some excellent mentoring recently)
Comment by Sandeep Maher on April 3, 2009 at 11:36
Taking a cue from Joel, here's what we need I think (assuming that the person we will mentor may not have a day of experience in testing behind him).

- Websites, Articles, books to read (ideally) broken up by test phases and technically speaking.
- Websites/applications to have a go at
- A basic plan of action for the newcomer
- Exercises

Comments?

I would love to contribute and learn in the process.

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