Slack is an excellent platform for project managers and individual teams. However, it might also be uniquely suited to helping software testers as well. Did you know Slack has an abundance of external groups who share similar interests? Accessing a public Slack channel can help Software Testers share best practices and collaborate in new and exciting ways to test better.
But first, let’s take a look at public Slack channels.
Public Slack Channels
Much like Facebook Groups, Slack has created space for like-minded individuals to come together and communicate/share insights/learn more. Public Slack communities are like forums where meaningful conversation can happen and act like open-source team workspaces for collaboration.
Anyone can join a Slack public community, and with special interests at the heart of these channels, it’s an excellent way for people in a variety of niche careers to get, give and share advice.
The down-side is that Slack doesn’t provide a directory of the public workspaces that are available. However, that vacuum has just made room for community-sourced directories to pop up. If you are looking to see if your niche interest has a Slack group associated with it, try seeking out:
While there are Slack channels that cover a wide variety of topics (including UX, Game Development, Programming, Product Management, and more), here’s a list of practical (and public!) Slack channels to help testers gain valuable insights.
This great Slack community has 10,000+ software testing professionals that answer each other’s testing-related questions. Check out popular channels such as:
- Exploratory Testing
- Mobile Testing
- Continuous Integration
- And more.
There’s also a Blog Channel – a valuable resource that’s constantly adding the latest blogs from the industry’s best sources.
With a bit of a smaller community (8,000 or so) of testers at your disposal, this Slack group is specifically for free online software testing courses. It’s like a library of great speakers that include industry experts such as Angie Jones, Dave Haeffer, Jason Arbon, and more. Popular channels on offer include Performance testing and Java Programming.
Want a stellar resource for learning what’s happening in the industry? This 5,000+ member community has channels covering:
They also offer a dedicated channel to Women Who Test.
While these three resources are great entrees into public Slack channels for Software Testers, be sure to peruse the public lists mentioned above to see if other areas of interest (or Software Testing Channels) may suit your unique requirements.
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