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3 Worst Defect Reporting Habits and How to Break Them

Defects are serious business and small mistakes can be expensive.

You know what to do when you find a defect. You report it; either in a Defect Tracker/Defect Management tool or in an Excel sheet. The underlying principles are the same for both methods.

Defect Management tools don’t guarantee better reporting. It is good practices that save the day. Continue reading →

How Do You Decide Which Defects are Acceptable for the Software to Go-live?

Software Go-Live is always a big event for any software product. It is important to absolutely make sure that everything works and that we are releasing quality software to the users.

A bad or premature or unstable or difficult to use product can cause a lot of losses financially and could also make the user lose trust in the brand itself.

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Often times, we hear that testing should be done until we meet the exit criteria. We also hear that defects have to be fixed to an acceptable level.  Continue reading →

My Unexpected Journey to Becoming a Software Tester (From Entry-level to a Manager)

“You build a Successful Life…A Day at a time…”

My journey as a Software Tester started a bit unexpectedly.

I appeared for the initial interview rounds assuming it to be a Development opportunity. To be honest, like every other Computer Science graduate out there, I was a bit skeptical about going ahead with Testing.

But finally, I decided to give it a try. Only with a hope that my curious nature will help me in this field.  Continue reading →




6 Most Important Steps to Make Your Test Reports Even Better

Before we go ahead with suggestions about how to create an effective test report, look into below reports and ask yourself, which one would you prefer when you are a decision maker or even a team member (any recipient of the report).

Report #1:

Tested following modules:

  • Module X: Login page.
  • Module Y: Home page and relevant tabs.

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How the Testers Can Ask Questions The Smart Way: The Step-By-Step Guide

A brainstorming session with the team is always a learning experience.

This time, we had a different idea. We divided the team into two groups and decided to ask questions to each other for a common product – Phone. The only restriction was the questions should be limited to testing of the phone.

And the session ended with interesting unanswered questions and some better ideas to test the phone.  Continue reading →

How to Perform Post-Release Testing Effectively and Minimize Impact of the Release to Live Clients

When I started my career as a QA, I was working with a company that offered its products as SaaS. Production releases were critical and there was a possibility of affecting the functionality for the live clients.

As our client base grew, to manage the risk and minimize the impact of the release to live clients, QA team adopted the post-release testing practice.

This was all new to me and I had so many questions and doubts in my mind:  Continue reading →