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September 11th, 2013 — QA team skills, Testing best practices
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.
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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August 28th, 2013 — QA team skills, Soft skills for testers
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.
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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July 11th, 2013 — QA team skills, Soft skills for testers
Most of the testing professionals are technically strong enough to test their solutions, but to form a strong Test Team having various skill sets and to maintain it, requires some of the individual skills that are equally important. This article focuses on individual’s skills that contribute to form a good test team and selection criteria for induction of the tester in a team.
6 Important Skills to Form an Effective Test Team (and How You Can Develop These Skills)
Skill #1: Tester’s Knowledge Base:
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April 23rd, 2012 — QA team skills, Testing Skill Improvement
Like in any other software development life cycle, Testing too requires some important factors to develop and maintain for continuous process improvement. One such factor is Team Building. While building a right team, focus should be on the following key elements:
Roles and Responsibilities
It is very important for the team members to understand what they are supposed to do. This was quite often not communicated or discussed with the team. Before start of a project, the team members must be explained on the typical tasks which they will be performing on a daily basis for their respective roles. Be it a tester or a test lead, setting the expectations and explaining what is expected out of them will give correct results without unnecessary delays or errors.
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September 14th, 2008 — Career in software Testing, QA leadership, QA team skills
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?