I've been given the responsibility of leading testing of our web applications and I'm happy to say I've learned a lot over the past few months and we've seen some successful improvements in what we've deployed. At least the peace of mind has been worth it.
Trawling through the mine of useful discussion on these forums has however made me appreciate that there's a lot for me to learn and an expanse of areas where we can improve. For sure, testing should be planned from project start (it would seem) whereas we appear to be leaving test planning to the week prior to deployment.
I'm happy to read what I can on here and tailor what I learn to my company's project requirements however (and now to the point!) I've considered asking my manager for attendance on a software testing course. Before I do so I'd like to gauge the general forum opinion of software testing courses (I've searched and can't find any past discussion on same) as I regard many if not all of you as experts in your field. Would a course be a good kickstart to getting as much right as possible? Or have you found that testing and QA is a discipline where active involvement and experience give a better payoff?
Welcome aboard. Nice to see that you've done your homework prior to your first post. I congratulations you. One of the best training courses that I know of is from SQE as they put on their traveling show. The one really good one is James Whittaker's "How to Break Software"!