Friday, April 14, 2006

Software testing training is useless

Take a look at this blog which puts a case forward that training is useless:

"For a lot of my professional life, I got paid to do training. It usually went very well in the sense that I got high ratings (evaluations) and people not only paid their bills, but invited me back again to do it again and again.

I now believe that the overwhelming majority of all business training, by me and by everyone else, is a complete waste of money and time, because only a microscopic fraction of any training is ever actually put into practice and yield the hoped-for benefits."

Interesting point of view, but the gem is in the comments, one of which puts a strong arguement that testing is in a deep rut and "theoretical development in the field has stagnated at about the level that can be achieved by an individual working in an applied position in a company can achieve over a few years of thoughtful work. We got that far by 1983."

"To break out of the rut, we need to think in new ways, to use the technology in new ways. For that, we need advances in theory and practice that go beyond what testers can easily learn and reinvent on their own (or with a few friends) on the job."

But it isn't just a moan: it looks positively at training in software testing so that it need not be useless.

Take a look at the blog; well worth the time spent reading it.