Friday I had the pleasure of receiving some coaching on the topic of software testing from Ann-Marie Charrett. We started by discussing the socratic method as a method of coaching, defining the socratic method and giving examples. From there we moved on to topics such as defining the phrase software testing, defining what risk means. I won’t describe the session word for word, you can read the full transcript here if you like though.

One of the interesting themes of test coaching is practicing the skill of describing an idea. For many reasons, this is one of the larger problems in the testing. I think crafting ideas through critical thinking and with minimal reference material is a good exercise and often true to the nature of software testing.

Ann-Marie does a fantastic job of coaching, her method is engaging and thought provoking. I’m looking forward to the next session.