The BBST Foundations course: Week 3

Experience Reports, Software Testing

I have the feeling I took the week off.
Did about 15 hours of work towards the course, but there were too many other things going on, rendering the experience of the course a bit too the background.

A lot has happened though. All the assignments are completed, all quizzes are done and all deadlines passed. Next week is a straight line to the exam.

An online meeting

Last week started off with a Google hangout session where about 10 people gathered, including the instructors and Cem. It was interesting to see how this format was handled. The value from the session was that I could finally see and interact with the people apart from a forum setting. I got to know how some people talked, looked and generally carried themselves.
I found that I really benefit from having seen people in order to understand their communication better.

This was an hour to ask anything to the instructors directly.
There were less questions than I expected and the explanation to them couldn’t quite go as much in depth as one would like. It’s probably very hard to divide the time among the relevant questions and make sure the important things get covered without going too much into details.

Next up: practice exam question.

All the exam questions are there. All twenty of them have been sitting there from the beginning of the course. I’ve understood that we’ll get a subset of those for our final exam. So everything can be prepared perfectly in advance.

However, one of the final assignments is prepare a bogus exam question. This exercise is meant to practice how we should tackle the questions. It is designed to teach us how to format our answers and explain them in a clear and structured way.

I didn’t do well on this exercise. I could’ve put more structure in there, worded it more precise and more elaborate.
It’s definitely a skill I have to practice if I would pursue the other BBST certificates.

One week to go.

I’ve got more than enough time to work trough the exams. Hell, I’ve completed 3/4’s already.
I hope the other students and instructors have enough energy left to make this last week one for the ages.

3 thoughts on “The BBST Foundations course: Week 3

  1. Hey,

    It sounds like it’s going great! Is the workload quite draining, or is it manageable?

    When you didn’t do so well, were you given full, quality feedback?

    Good luck on the final stretch!!


    1. Hey Mark!

      I was given feedback in a written report. I asked for further explanation and got an hour long discussion over Google hangouts. I really love that I was able to do this.

      I now understand much better what is expected of me and how I should structure my answers.

      The workload is manageable, I’ve been doing less sports and other activities. It’s good that I prepared well though. I could see myself get a lot less out of the course if I still had to do much studying now. There’s only so much time, right.

      I’ve clocked about 71 hours during the past 3 weeks and think 80 will suffice for the whole course.

      Always willing to chat if you’ve got follow up questions!
      Too bad you weren’t able to attend the course with me, would’ve loved to see your views on these assignments.


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