Your name is also going on the list ...
I noticed today that the ANZTB put a list up here on their site of everyone who has ever taken and passed the ISTQB exam. I was a bit shocked by this - granted there are no other personal details - but still in this day and age, and in an industry where we should really respect the confidentiality of client data to the upmost degree, I was a little shocked.
I'm more shocked that a few names on it I recognise as testers I know from around Australasia who are quite vocal opponents of ISTQB certifications. And yet, alas, their names are displayed on a list, their very presence there seeming to lend weight and endorse these exams.
I actually raised this up with a couple of names on the list, who said when they were starting out in their career, ISTQB was the training they were provided, and they were too young to understand there was other training options for ISTQB. In fact for many, ISTQB (or ISEB in my day), was sold as the "only training you needed".
Look through the list and you will see names like Aaron Hodder, Brian Osman, David Greenlees, David Robinson, Katrina Edgar. I know many of these people, they took ISTQB, went to their testing jobs, and found what they learned often wasn't good enough to help them cope with the many real world challenges that were thrown at. Testing had to be more than following a paper model, it wasn't always an A, B, C or D choice, it required more imagination than that.
Many of these people have chosen to align themselves with the Context Driven School of Testing, a school which says there is no "one way" of doing testing, and to which I feel a lot of affinity. They have sought out mentors like James Bach and Michael Bolton, they have brought peer conference events like KWST to New Zealand, and WeTest to Wellington. All of this they've done because they're seeking more answers than the ISTQB syllabus can provide.
I emailed a couple of them, partly to pull their leg a bit (I'm a sensitive soul like this), but partly to say "do you know your name is displayed on the ANZTB for all to see associated with ISTQB?". A few were shocked.
Fortunately if you have strong feelings, and wish to have your name removed, you can request this by emailing, email@example.com
[I'm lucky myself they don't put up promotional lists for those of us who took the earlier ISEB qualification, and under the UK Data Protection Act, I'd actually argue that putting my name up would actually be illegal for the UK board!]