Based on my blog post, “Ready Tester One? Go!” I take a look at my own career development and the need to understand a probable career development path for testers in software development. By using and identifying with gaming techniques such as “leveling”, testers are encouraged to find where they think they are in their career growth and then find out how they should continue along the “tester” path and what that might look like as you gain levels. Includes a nifty character sheet people can use to chart their own learning path!

Purpose of Talk:
Most companies lack an outline of career growth and development for testers. They expect testers to find their own way or move either into development or project management. The industry needs testers, but doesn’t understand how to help. This talk seeks to lay a foundation or a framework for testers to measure career growth and have a general path for development.

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