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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.

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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 →

How Business, Development and QA Can Work Together to Get the Project Completed

What People Want – Understanding Stakeholder Needs

Too often, we (QA/Testers) are focused on our own needs instead of those of others. We need to discover and help satisfy the needs of others, and we also need to show that our needs are in the best interests of others.

But what are the needs of others, and how do they affect us?

Layered on top of this, your organization may be siloed (where the stakeholders avoid talking, throwing work over the wall), Agile (where there is more interaction), or using DevOps (where roles blur requiring understanding of everybody else). Continue reading →