Learning for Practice
When companies send employees to be trained, the expected result is more efficient and effective software testing practices. But there is a common pitfall: Although employees come back motivated to apply what they have learned, there is often no noticeable improvement and projects continue to run as always.
As a consulting company above all, OBJENTIS is committed to providing training that leads to success in practice. Imparting knowledge is just the first step, since we measure ourselves on how this knowledge leads to improved testing for the client.
Therefore, our key emphasis is on teaching trainees how to apply what they have learned in practice. To meet this goal, we have developed a training strategy that integrates several key criteria based on the work of respected training consultant Sonja Radatz. The most important points regarding our training are provided below.
Training and the Testing Strategy
Every company has a testing strategy. Some have written it down in detail, while others rely more on a “living strategy” with intuitive elements. The key is to tie training in with the client’s unique testing strategy and culture, so that both can be strengthened, otherwise the gap between learning and actual practice remains too wide. If an existing strategy needs to be changed, training must serve to “anchor” the new strategy firmly in the minds of those who will practice it.
After training comes practical implementation – or perhaps not. Feedback forms typically provide little more than “popularity indicators” and should not be mistaken with a true follow-up evaluation. We ask the important questions, to find out how our training impacts the client’s testing processes and projects.
Actual Practice, Not Just Examples
Making a close connection between what is taught and actual practice ensures that the new knowledge will have an impact. If possible, we use the client’s actual practice as a starting point for our training, which means we connect training exercises to finding solutions that serve the client’s current project.
When teaching various testing models and approaches, we also make sure to establish a link to actual practice. The trainees are shown how the model fits in with a current task or process they are working on, thereby enhancing practical understanding. Upon completion of training, instead of thinking about how to implement what they have learned, the client’s employees are often able to “just do it”.
Beyond learning and practicing new methods, trainees will be encouraged to innovate – individually and as a team. A key goal is to promote creativity and a systematic approach to solving challenges, since this combination leads to innovation more often than a “flash of genius” does. For this, our trainings provide the right setting.