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Verification vs Validation – What’s the Difference and Why It is Important to Understand It

It’s back to the basics folks! A classic at that – Verification Vs. Validation.

The following are some of the reasons why it is very important to understand the difference between Verification and Validation:

  1. It is a fundamental QA concept, therefore is almost the building block to being QA-cognizant
  2. It is a commonly asked interview question
  3. Certification syllabi (or is it syllabuses?) have a good amount of chapters revolving around this
  4. Finally and practically – since we testers do both – we might as well be experts at this.

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Test Coverage – What You Should Really Test?

Scene 8 years ago: when I was having 2 years of experience in software testing industry I was thinking that it was alright if I don’t know some fundamentals about software testing as something one can learn with experience and me too will do.

I was right – and wrong as well.


Right because with experience, you learn to see bigger picture, you understand real meaning of “Critical Situation” and you understand the end user more. Wrong because none of the mentioned things require experience, but early learning, which I understood very late. That is the encouraging factor to write this post. Continue reading →

How is Regression Testing Performed? Can It be Done Manually?

I was just teaching one of these days in my class, and a question came to me – “Can regression testing be done manually?”

I answered the question and we moved on in the class. Everything seemed OK, but somehow this question nagged me for quite a while later. Over the many batches this question comes multiple times in various different ways. Some of them are: Continue reading →

A Beginner’s Guide to System Testing

So…do you really think it will take that huge amount of time to test, what you call system testing, even after spending lot of efforts on integration testing?

The client we recently approached for the project was not convinced about the estimation we provided for each testing effort.

I had to chime in with an example –

Mike, I would like to elaborate our efforts and importance of system testing with an example.

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20 Simple Questions to Check Your Software Testing Basic Knowledge [Online Quiz]

We have done ISTQB online tests previously. Now here is an attempt to test your software testing basic knowledge with a simple 20 question test. The following software testing mock test is designed to test your ability to meet software testing requirements.

This free online software testing quiz will help you for self assessment and prepare for other certification exams as well as software testing interview.

software testing mock test

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Manual Testing Help eBook – Free Download Inside!

I am glad to share “Manual Testing Help” eBook prepared by one of our readers. The content of this eBook is very useful to understand manual testing concepts, testing methodologies and preparing for software testing interviews.

Here are some of the topics covered in this book:

  • Fundamentals of software testing
  • When defects gets introduced in SDLC?
  • Why does software have defects?
  • What is Verification?
  • What is Validation?
  • Software Testing Techniques
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