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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).

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 →

9 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Writing Skills as a Software Tester

In the last article, we discussed “Effective Communication Skills”; how important it is for Software testers and learned how verbal communication can be improved.

In this article, we will continue the same series of thoughts where I will try to share my views on written communication and few tips to improve it from a QA professional perspective.

Let’s first list down the basic questions related to “Effective Writing Skills”:  Continue reading →

How To Be A Productivity Junkie (Especially as a Tester)

We all have goals. We all want to do more and be more. There are many ways to be successfully, but the most important one is also the simplest – you have to get things done.

In other words, be productive.

By thinking about doing something, it does not get done. I wish it did, but it doesn’t.

So how do we combat the slump that we find ourselves in from time to time and save our ideas from evaporating even before they take shape?

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How to Prepare and Deliver an Outstanding QA Testing Presentation to the Team

Presenting your knowledge, experience or simply sharing useful information is neither an art nor magic.

It is a skill developed through practice and lots of exposure to a real-time audience.

It is not the slides or the data that you present, but your idea has to reach through to the audience. It should not just help them understand, it must compel them to implement the process or idea and see its value.  Continue reading →