Autistic Software Testing developing and jobs wins

It’s been good lately.
On Wednesday, I attended the SIGiST (Special Interest Group in Software Testing) at The Campus in 57 Sloane Street, Bryanston. The topic was ISTQB Qualification and it was presented by Corne Krige and Mike Snyman. At the start of the presentation we were told that there was an error and that whoever found the error would get a free exam for any of the Advanced Level Certificates. This prize is worth R2500.
hallenge Accepted.
The presentation first explained the ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board) and its origins. It was set up by the software testing boards of eight countries in Belgium, although Belgium was not one of the original eight. The idea was to get standardised syllabi and certifications for testing across countries.
The ISTQB has various working groups which report to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee meets three times a year and in turn reports to the Board Members. The Board Members comprise the national Software Testing Qualifications Boards of various countries. Worldwide, over 280,000 people have ISTQB Qualifications. The South African Testing Qualifications Board (SASTQB) is Board Member 40. Its website is here and it is a non-profit organisation.
There are three levels of qualification: Foundation (CTFL); Advanced (CTAL); and Expert (CTEL). The Foundation is the first-level certificate. There are three advanced certificates: Advanced Test Analyst; Advanced Test Manager and Advanced Technical Test Analyst. Anyone wishing to take an Advanced Certificate must first have the Foundation Certificate. Anyone wishing to get an Expert level Certificate must hold at least one Advanced Certificate but it is not necessary to hold all three. Every few years the syllabus is revised and changed. The sunset date for the current Advanced syllabus is the 15th July 2013. After that, training providers must switch to teaching the new syllabus.
In 2012 the International Testing Conference TEST-IT was held in South Africa. It was the first time TEST-IT had been held in Africa. TEST-IT 2014 will also be held in South Africa in October 2014.
A higher than normal percentage of ISTQB Exams written in South Africa are for the Advanced Certificates. As a national board, SASTQB has the fourth most Advanced Certifications of all Member Boards of the ISTQB. Almost 18% of SATQB exams written in South Africa are for Advanced Certificates.
After the presentation we were asked if anyone spotted the error. I spotted two, but neither turned out to be the error. One was grammatical and one was a percentage calculation (83% + 18% > 100%). So, nice try but no exam? Well, because I was the only one who accepted the challenge, I got the prize.
Next day, I was browsing the news when I saw this article. The German ERP software company SAP is hiring autistic people as developers and testers. SAP has engaged the services of Danish recruitment firm Specialisterne to find autistics to work as developers and testers. The article also mentions a German testing firm Auticon, whose entire staff comprises autistics.
Score another one for autistics.


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I am a Software Test Analyst. Shortly before I turned 21 I was officially diagnosed, although I had long suspected I was autistic. Welcome to my blog
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