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6 Most Common QA Test Lead/Manager Interview Questions (with Answers and our Tips)

STH is back with yet another interview series. This one is for QA/Test lead position. We are going to cover few most common but important QA test lead/manager interview questions and answers.

As always, we will follow the pattern of explanation based answers rather than politically correct ones. Let’s begin.

Typically QA interviewers test all interviewees in 3 major areas: Continue reading →

What Should Be Your Expectations From the QA Team Lead?

When a topic, especially a process based one (For example: Creating a traceability matrix or test documentation review, etc) is discussed in the class, the immediate question I get is: “Who does this? The QA lead or the team member”

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This is great proof that beginners have a difficult time understanding the scope of work, roles and responsibilities. They only have a vague idea about this and are often looking for ways to validate if their understanding is accurate or Continue reading →

How to Plan and Manage Testing Projects Effectively (Tips)

Project planning is one of the pivotal elements in the project management process.

How each individual team interprets the goals to be achieved, is a direct representation of the level of clarity incorporated in the project plan. Especially when it comes to a test project, inaccurate project planning can have a serious implication on the test execution of the system under test and on the overall quality of the product as a whole.  Continue reading →




How to Lead a Happier and Successful Test Team – Test Leadership Part 2

We’ve established that managing a test team is a different ball game. It may not fit in within the boundaries of traditional management techniques, because of the mindset, environment and challenges faced by test teams.

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This tutorial picks up from where the first tutorial left off. Out here we will discuss on how to have a happier test team. Whether you’ve been in this role or have been promoted recently, the few pointers below will definitely help in gaining Continue reading →

Leadership in Testing – Test Lead Responsibilities and How to Manage Test Team Effectively

The importance of testers and testing teams has been established time and again. An application or product success is largely attributed to efficient and effective testing techniques which forms the basis for valid bug exposure. Goes without saying that great bugs are found based on the testers’ skills and knowledge, a keen eye and the dedication of the test teams.

A test team can comprise of individuals having varying skill levels, experience levels, expertise levels, different attitudes and different expectations/interests levels. All these different resources’ attributes need to be tapped rightly, also keeping in mind to fill in any skill Continue reading →

How to keep motivation alive in software testers?

Couple of months back I wrote an article on “How to keep good testers in testing position“. There I mentioned one point as to appreciate the testers for their good work.

“Reward testers for finding good quality bugs. Keep some weekly or monthly competitions such as ‘Bug of the week’ to reward them.  This will help to build a successful QA team”.

The same concept is used by Eric Jacobson – a software tester, to keep motivation alive in his testing team. Eric found interesting idea to reward good testers. The idea of holding a bug contest. And decided to award the ‘Mercury’ cap to the tester who could log the most bugs in a given week. See the winner of his contest.

A small tweak I would rather suggest to make this technique more effective is to award the testers who will find the quality bug, may be called as “Bug of the week”. This way quality bugs will be the main focus of software testers rather than running behind the quantity. Obviously you should not ignore those small UI bugs also :-)

I am really fan of awarding testers for their good work. It may be any kind of appreciation. May be a small gift or just few kind words of appreciation from the lead or manager. This will keep the spirit alive in testers to find new and quality bugs.

If you are a team leader, manager or even a team member, what do you think is the best way to keep motivation alive in software testers?