Over the course of the last few months Rosie Sherry and I have had a few conversations where we exchanged thoughts and ideas on testing and QA. I have to say that she is quite the go getter, is plum full of great ideas, and is hell bent on finding ways to bring together us tester and QA folk. Her latest idea, an online Software Testing Club provides us testing types with a social network that has forums, videos, news, test links, and photos.
Rosie has shared a few ideas with me lately, and what I like the most about them is the fact they are small and consumable. Yes, StickyMinds.com is a similar forum, but it’s sooo huge it’s hard to use and hard to consume. StickyMinds is BIG. (side rant here: I asked to submit an article recently and was asked to fill out this huge, multiple page form to be considered. It would’ve taken me nearly as long to complete the form as to write the article. Suck. Forget about it. BIG = Red Tape).
Small vs. Big…
I think an analogy for my attraction to the smaller forum is:
A person can attend a church that has a HUGE congregation. It’s hard for that person to feel like they are a part of that huge group because there are so many people and its hard to get the attention they may need or desire. How do large churches solve this problem? By encouraging people to join or form a small prayer group.
Don’t go unheard or get lost in the noise of a large group. Join a club. Give Rosie Sherry’s Software Testing Club a try. When the club gets too big for your liking, start your own!