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offshore development

received a link to hanu software by email, requesting to exchange links. i link from my blog to their page, that can not be accessed form the main webpage.
read the website very carefully, because it was very difficult to understand what they are doing. at the end understood, that the term offshore mixed with franchise :)
so, they have blog on offshore software development, guess it also includes software testing.
liked the resources software testing services - the list with links was really long and rich.

Regression testing - theory and live testing

In our department there were no testing theory, certificates, etc. the new comers had to read some program descriptions, do a test of data entry and then started testing the new features of the program, or the things that were changed. they call it extreme programming. so, decided to have a look at the web, what it is Regression testing. and - was a litle bit surprised. seems almost all the time we had been doing the Regression testing.

looking for testing job? - ireland, interesting data

by accident received by email one job description for software testing in ireland and the salary there was 65000euro for a year. and that is 20 times more than i have been getting at my workplace. have never thought about going work abroad, but when the difference is so big, the doubts come. well, had some research on the net, the salaries in average are about 35, not 65 :) well, 10 times...

and here, it is a very interesting research for automated testing in nothern ireland. they have collected data on software vendors, salaries, related skills, appliction platforms and development, databases, processes & methodologies. very very interesting.

private and non comercial - the art of software testing

wow, what i most often miss in the web - non-commercial information. here, even my blog is full of ads.. accidentally found an interesting site and want to share. a person, high educated, contributes to software testing community on his webpage . The private and non-commercial site about the art and profession of Software Testing. From the spring he works as Senior Test Consultant, earlier as Quality Assurance Engineer, and is certified - ISTQB-Certified-Tester: Foundation Level and Full Advanced Level.

no software testing questions

my second baby was born a few months ago, so no software testing issues in my life at this period.

jobs for testers

yesterday posted about verify conference, and at their web page - DC tester portal, found a big corner for software testing jobs. when i think about any position, it is always very useful to find out the requirements for it and to check yourself in the areas of knowledge. job proposals.

Software test conference VERIFY 2006

Recieved this by email. It is too far away for me, but maybe someone of you will be able to attend. International software test conference Verify 2006. Conference Focus: Security testing, Agile testing and other testing methods, Automated testing, Test program management, Database testing, Real world test solutions. What would be interesting for me - the main keynotes - security. My master paper was on data protection and security. so, a litle bit interested in information security and cobit isaca exams :)
the conference fee - 800usd for now. and here are the keynote presentations.

offshore testing

Found Bonus Technology under the title offchore testing. Was interesting to see what it is. Seems outsourcing developers and testers. As i live in the Baltics, for me it is exciting that the company is from Ukraine and Russia.

joke for testers

Top 24 replies by programmers when their programs don't work:

24. "It works fine on MY computer"
23. "Who did you login as ?"
22. "It's a feature"
21. "It's WAD (Working As Designed)"
20. "That's weird..."
19. "It's never done that before."
18. "It worked yesterday."
17. "How is that possible?"
16. "It must be a hardware problem."
15. "What did you type in wrong to get it to crash?"
14. "There is something funky in your data."
13. "I haven't touched that module in weeks!"
12. "You must have the wrong version."
11. "It's just some unlucky coincidence."
10. "I can't test everything!"
9. "THIS can't be the source of THAT."
8. "It works, but it's not been tested."
7. "Somebody must have changed my code."
6. "Did you check for a virus on your system?"
5. "Even though it doesn&#…

Topic: Software Tester Certification

IIST company

Have subscribed for IIST newsletters, but usually do not read them. Paid attention today only to the last one - because it is on training for certifications CSTP and CTM. Here is some info pasted:

International Test Certification Weeks in 10 different cities to support

The only internationally recognized EDUCATION-BASED certifications issued by
The International Institute for Software Testing (IIST)

Each certification is based on a comprehensive seven areas of a Body of Knowledge developed by IIST Independent Advisory Board.

Each certification is supported by 10 days of training and workshops taught by top industry experts. Read about our faculty at

The educational process is designed to teach test professionals Every technique and method they need to perform disciplined and cost effective testing in their current project.

EUROSTAR community - software testers

Inviting to have a look at or even joinEuroSTAR blog dedicated to the European software testing community
what is EuroStar? The woman, chief software tester at hansabank, vilnius, says, that goes to EuroStar software testing conference the last few years. EuroSTAR 2006, MICC Manchester, 4-7 December, 2006. the official site. Liked it is in Europe. Searched their website, could not find any fees or more accomodation details, guess there should be direct contact for such information.

word to the world

Received a few emails recently - to tell the truth almost the first emails regarding this blog. People looking for information, or asking some questions about software testing. I love it to feel useful and helpful.

working with testing on your own

become a consultant? the software developers market is too small in lithuania, was thinking what the software testing consultants could do here.. would travel all around the world ...

own a company? here is the list of companies working in software testing field. what do they do? Consultancy for the banks, offers testing, independent consulting and testing services, training services, tools for testing, and other..

ebay and software testing?

wow, what a surprise! have registered at ebay a few months ago, bought some things for myself. just for fun today entered the keywords in ebay search box "software testing" - and here you are! CDs - The ISEB Foundation Software Testing CD includes the following:
Audio material covering the whole certification material
A full set of notes from a qualified Training Provider
A second set of notes from a test taker who received a 34/40 score!
3 practice exams
Extra material of ISEB Syllabus, recruitment opportunities for candidates who acquire the certification and 2 software testing standards official documents for your own personal use

and more CDs, some old books like The Art of Software Testing by Glenford J. Myers. cool

just reading

Not going to write much on software testing for some time - opened again the website on testing, and going to read some books and articles there. Here is the first on Classic Testing Mistakes. join me...

Certification: ISEB Practitioner Certificate in Software Testing

ISEB Practitioner Certificate in Software Testing is for experienced testing practitioners. This certificate demonstrates a depth of knowledge of testing topics and the ability to perform testing activities in practice.

The main entry requirements are: candidates must hold the Foundation Certificate in Software Testing and either have at least 18 months experience in Software Testing
or have completed an ISEB accredited practitioner training course.

Without standard charges, the fee is 225.00 UK pounds. Not very cheap.
The exam itself is longer than for Foundation certificate: one three-hour examination with questions requiring narrative/essay style answers.

Have not written in Foundation certificate post, will mention here the training providers who should be contacted for furhter details and training...

That's all from me on ISEB Practitioner Certificate in Software Testing :)

Good luck in your certificates!

Certification: ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing

The Foundation Certificate is for software developers, testers (both technical and user acceptance testers), test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, and managers including test managers, project managers, quality managers, - for all interested in testing. This certificate provides evidence that a person understands software testing basics. With the certification, a person is able to perform effective testing of software, is aware of techniques and standards, knows what testing tools can achieve and where to find more information about testing, may establish the basic steps of the testing process.

The candidate requires to have knowledge of IT. It is recommended that all candidates attend an ISEB approved training course run by an accredited training provider.

One hour examination consisting of 40 multiple-choice questions; the fee - 120.00 UK pounds and some additional payments.

Have not read more material on exam questions, but this exam seems the most available for me, livin…

software testing news

well, testing field is quite narrow, much less information in comparing tech news or sport news :) here is a site for software testing news. mostly from the Quardev Laboratories news but there are some good articles.

software testing blogs

a few links for interesting software testing blogs:

testing reflections
blog on testing
anyone reading in russian? some russian testing blogs
collaborative ST

just some url for you and me.

be active tester in all software

yesterday wrote about watched gmail new features, today thinking that we may be active testers in all software we use. last year there was an inquiry from my internet banking system on customers opinion on they features. wrote them about bug connected with reloging and pasword mix, a few months later the defect was gone! so, do not hesitate to write your proposals or bugs you see in all software you use - from stock analysis software to internet banking system. you may be a part in the development process also and contribute a lot.

gmail testing

well, it is not about testing, just about the development process. i use, like it. it is interesting to see the new features emerging. changed the view from 20 messages to 100. in all windows seems ok, but not in trashbox. showing the previous 20... and it is much more difficult to delete. (yes, i delete my emails, although the gmail say the space it is enough :) ) today noticed that the view has changed - have 100 messages in the list. cool. someone informed them on the bug :) and here it is :)

the websites....

was looking for some info on software testing in the web, found this page. hate such kind of content...

Certification: Software Quality Engineer Certification CSQE

ASQ (American Society for Quality) offers Software Quality Engineer Certification - CSQE.
The requirements for passing examination seems pretty high - the highest from all the certifications I have written about already. You must have eight years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Software Quality Engineer Body of Knowledge. Part of the eight-year experience requirement will be waived depending on your completed a degree from a college or university. For example - Bachelor's degree–four years waived.
The Software Quality Engineer examination is a one-part, 160-question, four-hour exam and is offered in English only.
The ASQ also offers some resources for preparation, the best part I liked - sample exam online to check yourself. Myself i was SHOCKED. English is not my native language, i have no problems with reading material, but the exam questions does not seem very easy and i really doubt if I could pass it now... For exam taking you may apply …

"Certifications bring larger raises"

Just a short notice on OLD article and research - "IT workers with certifications are more likely than those without to be rewarded with bigger salary increases." :) Read the whole article here

Certification: Certified Test Manager (CTM)

More on software testing certification to improve your testing...
The second certification from International Institute for Software Testing (IIST) - Certified Test Manager (CTM). CTM creates foundation of software testing and provides test professionals with the skill and knowledge necessary to perform different test activities, adding management skills required by test managers and test leads to effectively manage the test process, the test project and the test organization. So,dedicated for Test Managers!
Pursue the certification if you are a person who has worked in software testing for at least 3 years; are with a management or leadership role in testing; are development manager and development lead who wish to move to a test management or lead position; are auditor, Inspector, and other who must evaluate the work product of the testing process.
There are two requirements - formal education and job experience requirement. The should be attended 10 training days with your chosen t…

CERTIFICATION: Certified Software Test Professional (CSTP)

The International Institute for Software Testing (IIST) offers the Certified Software Test Professional (CSTP) certification. CSTP is an education-based certification, based on a Body of Knowledge that covers areas the most important software testing areas.
It was interesting to compare the information I found on this certification, with the previous ones I have written already. This certification is also for new testers, new to the testing field - the job requirement is at least one year of testing. The next requirement is studying - class attending and learning the course hte IIST provides. I like this - now, for me would be easier to learn in a class, not myself at home..
The graduation fee is $120, non-refundable.
The CSTP Body of Knowledge covers: priciples of software testing, test design, managing the testing process, test executions and bug tracking, area of requirements, test automation and static testing.
One more interesting thing is that CSTP Certification will expire 3 yea…

for and against software tester certification

Thanks for all notes about tester certification. Some of you were right - even there are no scheduled exams for The Certified Software Tester (CSTE) in Europe, they have branches in UK and Russia, and the best thing to do is to contact and find out the possibility to go there and take the exams. That is the first thing i wanted to write.

Today was thinking why i started reading about software testing certifications. I have been working more than two years in testing, in the same company. The situation was pretty hard - i got tired from testing, did not see where to go further etc. Then i started thinking - it is enough with testing, done. Should change my job. Have written in september about the interview for software testing position in one company. The lady talked a lot and presented me a nice description of my future job. All team is certified, she believes it is the best testing and the best qualified team in our country. Thinking afterthat i was so happy to see that there is s…

Certification: Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA)

This time will have a look at Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA). It seems similar to Certified Software Tester, although this one is for quality analyst, not for tester. It indicates a professional level of competence in the principles and practices of quality assurance. and that is much more than testing. Broader.
Guess the certification organisation should be the same.
The best info is here, at software certifications

So, the requirements are pretty the same as for the CSTE, every candidate must:
Satisfy all applicant Prerequisites.
Subscribe to the Code of Ethics.
Submit a Character Reference.
Pass a comprehensive written Examination.

Also you should work in the field, have experience, etc. Candidates for certification who rely on only limited experience, or upon too few or specific study materials, typically do not successfully obtain certification. Many drop out without ever taking the examination. Fees in this program are nonrefundable. Do not apply unless you feel confide…