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What To Do When There Isn’t Enough Time To Test?

Part way through your test cycle, do you often realize you do not have enough time to test? You had it all under control, to begin with, but soon you are reaching the contingency plan’s “What to do when there isn’t enough time to test?” section.

I have been there too and it is not fun. :)

I thought about this long and hard. How can something that started so well, go down so badly, so quickly. And, here is my analysis.  Continue reading →

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.

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

How to Maximize Test Coverage in Less Time and Achieve Better Testing Results

How to Test More, Save Time, and Achieve Better Testing Results:

Software testing is an essential activity in the software development and maintenance life cycles. It is a practice often used to decide and improve software quality.

Development is more systematic nowadays and organizations seek measures of testing completeness and effectiveness to show test completion criteria. Of them all, coverage is considered especially valuable.

Simply put, coverage is “What are we testing and How much are we testing?”  Continue reading →




Top 10 Challenges Testers Face at Workplace and How to Overcome Them

Challenges are normal. It is when you look at them as opportunities, a gold mine and as obstacles, a land mine. I have had my share of ‘opportunities’ over the years in the IT industry.

Some came with the role I was playing, some general. This is my attempt to record them and to reach out to the community to see if any of those resonate with you and maybe, in a small capacity help you and let you know that you are not alone.

Here’s my top 10 list:

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Is Domain Knowledge Necessary for a Tester to Get a Job? Then What About a Novice Tester?

When you appear for a software testing interview as an experienced professional, even though your CV reflects total years of experience, but still the interviewer will ask ‘What is your total work experience?’ and if the hiring is a project based hiring, you will definitely be asked about your experience in that particular domain.

The Years of Experience does matter since that becomes a decisive factor for the role, salary etc. but why do they focus and give so much importance to the domains? Does it mean there is a direct impact on the output if a domain expert is hired in the team?

To know more, read this article, I hope this will give you a good insight into the importance of domain knowledge.  Continue reading →

How to Reproduce a Non-Reproducible Defect and Make Your Testing Effort Worth It

In the world of software testing a defect once found should be consistently reproducible so the tester can report with conviction, developer can fix with clarity and the QA team can close with confidence.

However, this process sometimes comes with its own set of challenges. This article tries to illuminate those dark areas of defect reproduction.

First of all, what is “Reproducing a Defect”? Continue reading →