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I’m Nicola Lindgren, the author of Starting Your Software Testing Career, a co-author of How Can I Test This? and an avid learner of all things testing, agile and leadership.

I'm also an international conference speaker. If you want to stay up to date with upcoming blog posts, you can follow me on Twitter.

📹 I have a YouTube channel that focusses on helping you with your software testing career.

Here are a few of my most popular posts.

  • How do you actually prevent bugs?
  • How To Test In A Higher Developer-Tester Ratio
  • Step by step guide: Testing with no/little requirements
  • Testing with Charles Proxy
  • Bloggers Club: Implementing Change
  • A Beginners Guide to Speaking at Conferences

    I’ve had the honour of speaking at a fair number of conferences and I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two in the process. In this blog post, I’ll share a few things to keep in mind if you are going to speak at a conference in person. If you are looking for public speaking tips, check out my blog post on 11 Public Speaking Tips You Might Not Know.

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    Software Testing Job Sites

    This is the accompanying blog post to my YouTube video here. There are places aside from LinkedIn and Indeed that you can look for software testing roles. Here are some places you can find software testing jobs that you might not have heard of. 1. Ministry of Testing Jobs page Check it out here. Mainly focussed on roles in the UK, but there are a few in other countries. 2. The Test Chat Job Board on Telegram Check it out here.

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    8 Tips for Networking at Events

    I started my testing career over 10 years ago and have spent a fair of that time networking with people in real life at meet-ups and conferences. During this time I have learned a few things when it comes to networking with people, which I would like to share. I’m the first to admit I don’t always do these things, but I do try and be self-aware about this. 1. Remember the Pac-man Rule When you are standing in a group, make sure you leave space for one person to join.

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    Free Software Testing Programmes

    Here is a collection of free software testing programmes that I am aware of. Please note that by “free” I mean there is no upfront cost to enroll, but for some of them, you may have need to work at their company for a specified period of time or pay a fee if you leave too early. A software testing programme, is where you can learn to become a software tester as part of a structured programme.

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    Interview With Vernon Richards

    By day Vernon Richards is a Senior Expert Quality Engineer at Ada Health, by night he is a quality coach. Vernon tweets as @TesterFromLeic. I see you did the Ship 30 for 30 course. Is there anything you learned from that, that you were able to take with you to your day job? Ohmydays yes Yes YES! So much that I’m not even sure where to start! For context, Ship 30 For 30 is a writing course mixed with a 30 day writing challenge.

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    Struggling to motivate yourself to learn something new?

    In my previous blog post, I wrote about investing in yourself and how it can help your career. Often, investing in yourself involves learning something new. We may need to learn something because: We have directly been told we need to learn this thing. We see an upcoming need for it, and we’re trying to take intiative. It will help us solve a problem we currently have. The thing is, it’s not always easy.

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    Invest in Yourself

    My Upcoming Conference Talk In September I’ll be giving a new talk, Invest in Yourself, at two conferences. When I was invited to give a talk at these conferences, I decided to talk about this topic because it’s been on my mind for quite a while - but I needed the space from the event that kicked it off to tell it. For what it’s worth, I hadn’t read of any recent redundancies at the time, so it didn’t exactly feel “topical”.

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