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5 Major Sins of Working With Testers and Developer

Working as a tester in a big corporation was probably the best thing that happened to me in my career. I can’t stress enough how lucky I am for doing the most enjoyable work in the world.

On the one hand, it is challenging and it requires a constant gain of knowledge (which btw, I think is a huge asset).

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On the other, you are the first person in the world to hold in your own hands the new technologies and prototypes that reach the mass population in the future. Not to mention, the popular idea that people pay you to “break stuff” and the more annoying you are, the better.  Continue reading →

How Should Testers Handle Boredom?

I was asked this question in an interview recently- “What would you do when work gets monotonous and boring?”

Here is what I said, “Fortunately that has never happened to me and I love being a QA. When things get repetitive, I like to ‘mix things up’. I would document if execution bored me, I would execute if documentation got tedious, I would explore when everything else seemed bleak.

Also, targets and deadlines keep me motivated and a simple ‘do what needs to be done’ attitude is what keeps me going.”  Continue reading →

7 Qualities of Highly Effective Testers

Every profession demands certain qualities from its practitioners before accepting them in and making them the best at what they do.

Software Testing demands the qualities I discuss in this article even more strongly and there are many reasons for it.

And when I say qualities, I am talking about the ‘must have’s- the top abilities of testers that help them fly high and far. Dedication, hard work, etc. are a necessity to any job in the world. But the qualities we are going to discuss are absolutely inevitable for testers. Without these must have ones, testers will sooner or later risk being disengaged from their craft.

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5 Excuses Every Software Tester Must Stop Giving

I have unlocked a pattern from my experience of hiring around hundred testers over a period of time and interviewing some thousand others.

From all the discussions I had with fellow testers during interviews, I felt happy numerous times seeing the quality talent which we have in our community of testers.

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But let me also share the other side of the story, the patterns I am talking about. It makes me sad.  Continue reading →

My Unexpected Journey to Becoming a Software Tester (From Entry-level to a Manager)

“You build a Successful Life…A Day at a time…”

My journey as a Software Tester started a bit unexpectedly.

I appeared for the initial interview rounds assuming it to be a Development opportunity. To be honest, like every other Computer Science graduate out there, I was a bit skeptical about going ahead with Testing.

But finally, I decided to give it a try. Only with a hope that my curious nature will help me in this field.  Continue reading →