For the past few years now, I have heard countless exhortations for software testing to become a “professional” community.
Generally speaking, those exhortations are a sales pitch – come earn by certificate and be a professional.
Sorry, guys, I don’t buy it. The root word for professional is PROFESS – to say out loud. To stop saying http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif“testing is what I do” and start saying “a tester is who I am.”
You do not need a certificate on your wall to do that. All you need to do is to *care*.
The next step is to get involved.
Now, not everyone is going to go out in public and speak, and not everyone is going to publish – or even blog. But there are other opportunities.
The fact is, for every guy on stage at a major conference, there are probably two behind the scenes. Printing out ID Badges. Dealing with registration. Putting the website together. For non-profits, the work is generally unpaid, but it has considerable value – you get in the conference free and you get to know other people who share common interests.
If your company doesn’t have budget to go to a conference, I have very simply advice: