Winner of the 2nd Practical Testing Challenge with UKITB! #2

The UK and Ireland Testing Board (UKITB) in collaboration with FindWhatsWrong (FWW) would like to pass on our congratulations to Catherine Bourne, who is the the winner of the 2nd Practical Testing Challenge bug hunt. 

Catherine scored a Defect Detection Percentage (DDP) of 87.5% in what proved to be a tricky challenge finding defects in what appears to be a simple login process on the FindWhatsWrong Practical Testing Platform. 

Although the challenge appeared to be a simple scenario, the average DDP was 47% across all the participants - so maybe not as straightforward as it appeared, making Catherine's performance even more creditworthy! 

Catherine took the £50 Amazon Voucher prize and had this to say

"A lovely surprise to win the challenge! I look forward to taking part in future challenges and would highly recommend others to give it a go - a great opportunity to put into practise testing skills in a different environment"

UKITB are planning to run more challenges so if you think you have what it takes to beat Catherine, our 'reigning champion' watch our social media for details of the next event! 

We would like to pass on our thanks to all who took part – we were delighted with the feedback. It proved to be an enjoyable experience for the participants. Watch out for the announcement and register for the next challenge!

If you would like to know when the next Practical Testing Challenge will be or just keep up to date with what is going on with the UKITB, you can do so by following UKITB on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn or subscribe to our mailing list below:

New UKITB Website Live

It's not quite spring, but we thought it was time for a little tidy up, fresh coat of paint and generally a new look for the website.

We know that we are not perfect and there will be some minor teething troubles with the new site, so if you spot something, drop us a note by using our new Chat Bot (UKI) and typing in "email"

FWW and UKITB Practice Testing Challenge Back with a Bang

UKITB has partnered and is collaborating with ‘FindWhatsWrong’ to help bring a second new, practical software testing challenge to the market.

UKITB has been driving software testing forward in the UK and Ireland for over 15 years. UKITB

This latest initiative has seen Members of our Technical Advisory Group (TAG) assist in developing and piloting an innovative practical software testing platform aimed at helping individuals and organisations evaluate and develop their software testing skills.

The 2nd running of the Practicle Testing Challenge using the updated ‘Software Testing Simulator’ developed by FindWhatsWrong has already been introduced to support the “UK Institute For Apprenticeships and Technical Education” Software Tester Level 4 Apprenticeship scheme.

The UKITB Practice Testing Challenge

UKITB is kicking off the 2nd ‘hands-on’ challenge for testers to find defects in a very simple scenario. So can you find the defects in an everyday IT feature? There’s a winners prize of a bottle of champagne for whoever gets the best DDP ‘Defect Detection Percentage’ in this 1-hour challenge.

We’re restricting this to the first 100 contestants in selected time slots. It sounds simple, but is it? You need to find the defects and avoid selecting things that aren’t. And to make it interesting, we are using a unique feature of the platform that enables the applications to behave in a myriad of different ways for the same User Stories and Acceptance Criteria – so collaborating with a fellow contestant might not help!

Book your slot and take the challenge

This is the second ‘Challenge’ that the UKITB are running and if you miss out on this one, there will be more to come in the future.

Watch out for more details and challenges to come by following UKITB on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn or subscribe to our mailing list below:

    Subscribe me to the UKITB distribution list (By subscribing, you agree to receive occasional marketing emails with offers for event participation, receive updates from the UK and Ireland Testing Board as well as opportunities to support your local software testing community - We never sell your details and you can opt-out at any time.

    UKITB Welcomes Masterfield Training Center

    UKITB welcomes Masterfield Training Center as a new Accredited Training Provider in the UK and Ireland.

    The Budapest-based, Hungarian training company is going to provide the following accredited ISTQB certification training:

    As an active member of the Hungarian software testing community, Masterfield will participate in the Hungarian Software Testing Forum in October 2023, where visitors will be able to meet their colleagues in person.

    For further information, please visit the following website:

    ISTQB Courses (masterfield.hu)

    Winner of the first UKITB Practical Testing Challenge!

    The UK and Ireland Testing Board (UKITB) in collaboration with FindWhatsWrong (FWW) would like to pass on our congratulations to Gomathi Viswanathan, who is the the winner of the first Practical Testing Challenge

    Gomathi scored a Defect Detection Percentage (DDP) of 89% in what proved to be a tricky challenge finding defects in what appears to be a simple login process on the FindWhatsWrong Practical Testing Platform. 

    Gomathi completed a Retrospective following the challenge and commented:

    “This is my first experience to participate in a testing challenge. I am glad that I took part and enjoyed it. It was more of exploratory testing and experience based testing after going through and understanding the document.”

    Other feedback from participants of the Practical Testing Challenge included:

    “Well organised, had no worries leading up to the challenge… kept informed and knew what to expect in regard to getting access to the platform”

    “The exercise was an enjoyable experience and I liked the structure of the tooling.”

    “Very intuitive as promised!”

    “Did you enjoy the experience? Yes! Thank you… Looking forward to the next one.”

    We would like to pass on our thanks to all that took part – we were delighted with the feedback. It proved to be an enjoyable experience for the participants, many of whom are already looking forward to the next one, which we will be announcing in June. Watch out for the announcement and register for the next challenge!

    If you would like to know when the next Practical Testing Challenge will be or just keep up to date with what is going on with the UKITB, you can do so by following UKITB on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn or subscribe to our mailing list below:

    UKITB Partner with FindWhatsWrong

    UKITB has partnered and is collaborating with ‘FindWhatsWrong’ to help bring a brand new, practical software testing platform to the market.

    UKITB has been driving software testing forward in the UK and Ireland for over 15 years. UKITB

    This latest initiative has seen Members of our Technical Advisory Group (TAG) assist in developing and piloting an innovative practical software testing platform aimed at helping individuals and organisations evaluate and develop their software testing skills.

    The ‘Software Testing Simulator’ developed by FindWhatsWrong has already been introduced to support the "UK Institute For Apprenticeships and Technical Education" Software Tester Level 4 Apprenticeship scheme and now the UKITB is looking to support its wider use in the market.

    The Practical Test Challenge

    UKITB is kicking off with a ‘hands-on’ challenge for testers to find defects in a very simple scenario. So can you find the defects in an everyday ‘Login’ feature? There’s a prize of a bottle of champagne for whoever gets the best DDP ‘Defect Detection Percentage’ in this 1-hour challenge.

    We’re restricting this to the first 100 contestants in selected timeslots. It sounds simple, but is it? You need to find the defects and avoid selecting things that aren’t. And to make it interesting, we are using a unique feature of the platform that enables the applications to behave in a myriad of different ways for the same User Stories and Acceptance Criteria - so collaborating with a fellow contestant might not help!

    Book your slot and take the challenge

    This is just the first 'Challenge'. There is much more to the platform than this simple challenge – the ‘Software Testing Simulator’ can be configured to simulate real-life iterative development scenarios, evaluate test analysis and design thinking, and provide a range of metrics on the performance of anyone using it.

    Watch out for more details and challenges to come by following UKITB on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or subscribe to our mailing list below:

      Subscribe me to the UKITB distribution list (By subscribing, you agree to receive occasional marketing emails with offers for event participation, receive updates from the UK and Ireland Testing Board as well as opportunities to support your local software testing community - We never sell your details and you can opt-out at any time.

      Goodbye Clive Bates

      On the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of April 2023, the UKITB Board Members met in Telford Shropshire, to celebrate and thank Clive Bates, the longest serving member of the UKITB, for everything that he has contributed to the UK and Ireland Testing Board (UKTB / UKNE) and the ISTQB over the last 30 years.  Clive has chosen to retire from the UKITB / ISTQB and step down as the UKI Accreditation Chair.

      The board met on an emotional Saturday evening for a celebration meal where Clive was presented with a few keepsakes to remember his time with the board.

      On the Sunday, the board formally met for a final time with Clive in attendance at Telford Ice Rink, the home of the Telford Tigers whom the UKITB sponsor.

      Following a very successful board meeting Clive and the remaining UKITB directors had the opportunity to meet the General Manager and Head Coach of the Telford Tigers, have a tour of some of the facilities before watching an exciting game  of Ice Hockey. On the final whistle Clive had the honour of presenting the Man of the Match beers to both the home and away teams.

      "Clive has been integral to the development of testing certifications in the UK and worldwide, starting his time with me on the ISEB Software Testing Board way back in 1996, then moving into ISTQB when it started. Thank you Clive for your years of dedicated service you will be missed."

      Geoff Thompson, UKITB Chair and now the longest serving member of the UKITB Board

      New Partnership Announced With A4Q

      London, 16.02.22: The UK and Ireland Testing Board and the A4Q - Alliance for Qualification have agreed on a comprehensive cooperation in the qualification of IT professionals across multiple disciplines.

      The common goal of this partnership is the development and dissemination of training standards, e.g. in the area of software testing. Geoff Thompson, chairman of the UKITB, was enthusiastic:

      "With this cooperation, we will ensure in the future that the quality of training, for example, according to the ISTQB® standard, will remain at a high level."

      Geoff Thompson

      A4Q is an association of experts and companies in the field of quality assurance and qualification, which aims to establish worldwide standards.

      The UKITB is one of the leading boards for training SOFTWARE TESTERS and a founding member of the ISTQB.

      #istqb #ukitb #a4Q #software #testing

      Photo: Werner Henschelchen, Mike Smith, Geoff Thompson, Stephan Goericke (left to right)

      UKITB TMMi Survey

      UKITB in conjunction with Experimentus would like to share access to our Test Maturity Model integration (TMMi) survey.   The UK & Ireland Testing Board recognises the value of TMMi in driving and demonstrating good practice in software testing and this survey will help you to understand where you are against the framework.

      Once you have completed the survey, we will send you a view as to where you are against other organisations in your sector along with some useful insights.  

      The survey is based on the Test Maturity Model integration (TMMi) levels 2 to 5 and there are 47 questions to answer that will help us to give you an indication of the maturity of your test processes. It should only take around 10-15 minutes to complete.  

      Thank you in advance for completing the survey and, to get accurate information from it, please be as honest as possible with your answers.  

      To take the survey click the button below.

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