The Tester Skills Program

Teaching Testers to Think for Themselves
  • Paul Gerrard
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In 2018, Gerrard Consulting was approached by the IT@Cork Skillnet (; and Softest ( organizations and asked to support an initiative that aimed to improve the skills of testers in the south of Ireland software community.

Around 20 testing and QA managers had decided to look at their challenges and plan a way forward to develop and improve the testing-related training available to local testers. The first meeting took place on 29 November 2018. The presentation that introduced the initiative was titled, ‘Developing Testing Skills to Address Product Quality Challenges’.

What started as an attempt to create a 3-day class for beginner testers became a much more substantial learning and development (L&D) program. This chapter describes the reasons why the program is necessary, the current status and how it is likely to evolve in the future.


Software testing Software quality Software testing skills ISTQB Software tester 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Gerrard
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  1. 1.Gerrard ConsultingMacclesfiledUK

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