Podcast Episode 43 – Coaching Testing

Hello and welcome back for another episode of the Testing Peers podcast!

In this episode, the Peers will be discussing coaching testing.

We take a look at coaching credentials outside of our work lives and then dive into defining what coaching is and what it isn’t.

Chris mentions a sketchnote made at TestBash 2017, in a coaching workshop with Toby Sinclair and Amy Phillips – read more here.

Sketchnote of a coaching stance: Unconditional positive regard -> Suspend judgement -> Be comfortable with not knowing -> Open mind -> Empathy -> Be present -> The answer lies in the coachee -> Active listening -? W.A.I.T (Why am I talking?)

We explore the following the questions:

  • do you need to have experience at the craft to coach it?
  • who is responsible for coaching?
  • does it always have to be a leader or manager that is the coach?
  • is quality coaching the future in our craft?

The Peers then share ideas of where we can go to learn coaching skills and we share some tips.

Special shoutouts made to:

Side note – two of the Peers have recently moved into new houses and have had a few issues with their setups, we apologise for any audio issues that may have arisen in this episode.

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One thought on “Podcast Episode 43 – Coaching Testing

  1. This is a really useful listen, I have passed it around my Quality Leads.
    The phycology and methods mentioned are well thought out and makes the listener think about the approaches they use. Coaching / mentoring is a lot trickier than you may first expect.
    Well done, keep up the good work.

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