Trying to Teach Testing Skills and Judgment

Rikard Edgren


Since 2011, I have spent 1500 hours of actively teaching software testing to higher vocational students in Sweden. It is educations spanning 1 to 2 years aimed at providing professionals that the industry needs. My colleague Henrik Emilsson and I set out to enable the students to master the activity of testing, letting students capture both explicit knowledge like testing techniques, but also tacit skills and judgments like these: – Asking the right questions – Understanding what is important – Seeing many perspective and test ideas – Selecting effective test strategies – Capturing serendipity – Understanding which bugs are important…....

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About Me!

Rikard Edgren, a humanistic and technical tester since 1998, enjoying the dynamics between people/machines, objective/subjective, whole/details. After 2 years with Microsoft’s localized products, he spent 11 years with Spotfire, producer of interactive data visualization products. The generalized learnings resulted in the free e-book The Little Black Book on Test Design.

The last 3 years has been as a consultant with lots of education at companies and higher vocational studies programs. Teaching is a learning experience, with the number one testing question: What is important?

He is a regular at (inter)national conferences, with five appearances at EuroSTAR. Member of the think-tank The Test Eye, co-author of Software Quality Characteristics, author of Den Lilla Svarta om Teststrategi (in Swedish) and co-organizer of SWET, Swedish Workshop on Exploratory Testing. Currently working as test consultant at LearningWell, Sweden.

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