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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 →

5 Important Diagrams That Testers Need to Learn How to Use

If not for pictures there were be no recordings of early history, passable knowledge, and evolution of language.

Not to overly dramatize, but diagrams have their own special place even in a world with highly evolved and sophisticated forms of writing and expression.

In the technology industry, our diagrams are dear to us.

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Here are some of the prominent ones that we testers come in close contact with often and how we use them.

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5 Excuses Every Software Tester Must Stop Giving

I have unlocked a pattern from my experience of hiring around hundred testers over a period of time and interviewing some thousand others.

From all the discussions I had with fellow testers during interviews, I felt happy numerous times seeing the quality talent which we have in our community of testers.

But let me also share the other side of the story, the patterns I am talking about. It makes me sad.  Continue reading →

10 Worst Things a Critic Would Say About Your Software

It is a typical practice to include the list of known issues with the QA sign off an email.

This helps teams make the right decisions as to:

  • Let the end-users know the problem areas
  • Plan for training accordingly
  • Work on Change Management
  • Include these issues in the help files or documentation, so we provide alternatives, etc.

The list includes confirmed defects that were either deferred or not fixed due to time constraints and such.

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What Scares Testers Most? – The Tester’s Horror Stories (Halloween Special)

Halloween is right around the corner!

This is the time to revel in awful, creepy and gory stuff – STH brings you horror stories that are going to shake even the most seasoned testers out there. Are you ready?

What scares testers most?

Take your pick-  Continue reading →