OK I've spent the last few years with various job titles and doing slightly differing jobs but after reading through the forum this afternoon I don't know what exactly my job is.
I started out at a Games Publisher as a "QA Technician" doing no work whatsoever on processes, thus the title should have been Software Tester.
I moved from there after two years and joined a gaming hardware company (touch-screen games machines dotted around the UK in pubs, clubs etc) and my title was "Tester" although I was doing a fair bit of process work as well as testing, mastering, hardware installation etc.
I also studied-for and passed my ISEB Foundation whilst in that job (which I believe is now the ISTQB?)
Just over a year ago I joined my current company as a QA Engineer and I'm doing a bit of everything as we're a small team of 5 devs and myself. As the QA Department didn't exist before I started here I've been building everything from scratch based on what the company require at any given moment.
Right now they don't like the oldschool QA/Test methodology but they like Agile so they're heading in that general direction but as you know Agile is generally only feasible when it's ALL taken on so at present it's a bit of a "wing it" situation for everyone including me.
I'm now in a position where our product is coming together and I've been offered training for any courses which will benefit both myself and the company and as I'm a "jack of all trades" test/QA guy at the moment I haven't the foggiest where I should be heading with my training.
I would sit down with the Manager (or who ever you report to) and discuss where the company is headed with development and testing and also growth of the product and what that may mean.
I would then look at what I could contribute with current and new skills. Then ask for that training - assuming that it is available. Prioritize the various training either by what would provide you with the most benefit or the sequence needed to bring in the right skills.
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work" --Thomas Edison
If you're going to shift toward being an Agile shop, one course or at least some information that might help would be James Bach's papers and courses on Rapid Testing - you can find information at his website at www.satisfice.com
Excellent link QAGirl, that looks pretty spot-on to my current situation. Now I need to pursuade work that the full week course will be beneficial to them and also a course on automated testing would be too. [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]