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How Important is it for a Tester or Developer to Communicate with Each Other?

To start the discussion for said topic, I want to take a real-life example:

A husband and a wife, living in the same house, are not communicating with each other. Or let’s say there is nothing to communicate between them. They just text each other if anything important to be taken care. Otherwise both are busy in their own lives and do not disturb / take care much about each other. What happens after days? A frustration rises, irritation multiplies, anger surfaces and an explosion occurs. A relationship strengthens only if there are frequent communications, rare fights and multiple agreements and celebrations with each other.

Now, compare the above situation with software project life cycle.

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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 →



8 Critical Factors for Success of Any QA Project

Teatime discussion with a fellow friend from same industry raised the point about why projects see higher failures in terms of expectation and timeline. The critical demands from today’s projects were not the case before 5 years. Mobile applications have changed the definition of word ‘project’ in many terms.

Nowadays, everything is quick, everyone needs quick results, everywhere there is an opportunity and each part of the world is communicating with the remaining. With this level of globalization, it is really difficult to win a project, complete it, and mark it as successful.

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Onsite – Offshore Model of Software Testing Projects (and How to Make It Work for You)

Onsite offshore model is a very common working method for many IT teams across the industry, especially the QA teams. The way this works is, one/more (depending on the magnitude of the project) of the service provider’s QA team member works along with the client at their location.

The client location and the service company’s work place can be geographically any place – across the globe or sometimes in the same city.

Onsite Offshore software testing

When this is the working model, there are some expectations from the Onsite and Offshore resources respectively. Let us see what they are:

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How to Write Effective Emails to QA (or any) Team [Sample Email Included]

What is the first thing you do when you get to work (or sometimes as soon as you wake up)? – Check email, right?  Sometimes we don’t know what our day is going to be like until we read right through each email in the inbox, isn’t it?

In many of our earlier articles, we have highlighted the importance of good communication skill to effectively convey your message to your intended audience – one of the important soft skill for the testers.

Email Communication

In this article, we will focus on one specific section of written communication – i.e. E-mail communication. We are sharing some tips and tricks to make email communication smoother and effective. This is applicable for all teams and not just the QA team.

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