Need of Skilled Testers


Some years ago many companies preferred not to have separate test engineers in the project team. But this I have not seen in past 2-3 years in my career. As now all the companies have a clear idea of the need of the QA and test engineers. Also the QA and testers rolls are now concrete and there is no confusion.

Unfortunately, still I find the perception of testing as a inferior role in some developers mind. This “anyone can do” attitude should be removed from those people’s mind. Lots of companies hiring “any” skilled personals to do this job and eventually suffering from the lost of money and time. Instead of hiring the junk of testers they should hire some gifted testers who can do there job beyond the developer’s limitations.

If Managers and management remove this inferiority thinking from their mind then they can hire these gifted testers in their organization. Such testers can do complex job well, can find complex bugs and further more can add some procedures to the way of doing the routine jobs in order to make it more structured.

This is what I expect in coming years; let me know your opinions.

Posted Under: Software Testing, QA skill, skilled testers, Tester vs. Developer

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29 comments ↓

#1 Anonymous on 04.25.07 at 11:45 am

ya thats right, Basicaly people should remove this anyone can do attitute from their mind..
And tester vs developer war is never ending!

#2 Venu Mehta on 09.24.07 at 1:52 am

What other skills for Software testing?

#3 Mohan Reddy on 12.27.07 at 2:18 pm

No doubt it is always evergreen field in future,developers n mgt.have 2 think over that.

#4 Appoon on 03.07.08 at 5:37 am

I strongly agree to this Content.
Each Developer should get this thought out of their Mind.
Testers are more or less equal to Developers .

#5 Narendra on 03.24.08 at 6:14 pm

It’s right but we do not blame developers that they think testers as inferior. Testing is an art and anyone can’t do this. Persons with analytical mind and strong understanding of software can do it better. Otherwise initiatives may go invain….

#6 dipak on 04.07.08 at 5:11 pm

Plz tell me
senarios , moduls, & units

#7 dipak on 04.07.08 at 5:17 pm

what is the Unit ?
what is Differens between scenario & modul & Unit?
what is new atometion tools in testing area ? how we lern this tools ?

#8 Anonymous on 04.17.08 at 1:44 pm

Ahhh the joys of being considered inferior and being underestimated. When you find a defect that is not really a bug… it’s excused because “you just don’t understand software”. When you find a really obscure defect that can bring the software to it’s knees… it’s considered “lucky” and you just happened to “stumble” across it. But most testers know that it doesn’t really matter what people think…. as long as we keep testing and keep pointing out the things that look wrong. The end result of better software is the goal. At the end of the day, how we got there and who made it that way doesn’t really mean a whole lot.

#9 babitha on 07.30.08 at 11:17 am

What is the difference in roles as a QA and a Tester???

#10 Srivani Kalmath on 07.30.08 at 11:26 am

The very basic roles and responsibilities for these 2 is as follows:
QA : The role is to assist in the Quality Assurance of a project and are not limited to only testing projects in an organization.
Tester/QC: The role is to ensure the Quality of the project thru the Quality Check i.e., testing.

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#12 kokila on 08.12.08 at 11:33 am

Developers should remove this point “Anyone can do ” from their mind…
Developers cant do testing on their Application as like testers effectively…bcoz developers dont like to find more bugs in their coding & always they like to look their application in positive manner only….so tester only the king in testing the application at every direction…..

#13 Naushad Pasha on 09.15.08 at 6:05 am

Why there is fight between a developer and a tester, they both should work together hand in hand for the company’s progress and there success too. both are doing there jobs. In case if the developer thinks he is superior then the Tester or QA, he should not leave a single bug in his development. If any developer on this earth makes an application bug free then even according to me he is superior then a QA or Tester.

#14 shruti Khavaskhan on 11.11.08 at 11:48 am

Very Nice Article….

Being a Beginner ….In this field…..

Learning alot from this article…

i m really thankfull ……because i will learn alot….

hmmm…..very nice Article……

For Every-body…

#15 Anon on 11.25.08 at 1:50 pm

I used to be a software system developer. And now I am a tester. I work in a team of 5 testers and from my experience the testers I work with do not have the skills required to QA the application.

I thought there is a demand for QA with technical skills but this is outweighed by the majority currently in QA that have no clue.

And a developer is the best tester – as long as he/she does not test there own code. Get a level of independence by getting another developer to test your code and you can test theirs.
QA needs to be a part of development and should be done together by people with high technical skills!!And get rid of the slow wast of time QA.

#16 Anon on 11.25.08 at 1:53 pm

Also testers are far from being equal to a developer. I was both – but first a developer now a QA.

If you think you are equal do the job a developer does. A developer can do a testers job hands down if he dont get bored out of his mind :-).

#17 Steven on 12.08.08 at 3:01 pm

Noone is superior to the other. Developers are mostly more technical but Testers are more up to date on a functional level. In the end both are needed to deliver value to the client.

#18 Abhirup on 12.24.08 at 11:37 am

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#19 Abhirup on 12.24.08 at 11:42 am

wherefrom i learn automation testing , please help

#20 fifie on 01.13.09 at 6:40 am

hi guys,
I strongly agreed with this article.
Still find most developers are looking down upon QA job.

#21 Prasad on 08.12.09 at 8:16 am

No one is superior to the other. every one has to work together to deliver a defect free/quality product.

#22 Umair on 08.18.09 at 6:22 am

well in my 3-years doing job as SQE i saw, that all developers report to me, ask with me if there is any error, take permission from me and then implements. i issue the order of implementation SQA is very responsible job and very related to development and from requirement gathering to the deployment.. If you all are SQA, SQE, QA or testers then you all have to make yourself presentable to have command on all ethics of basic programming so as to report bug on testing server and method to overcome. In this way you will take share in development too.
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#23 Umair.mansoor@hotmail.com on 08.18.09 at 6:24 am

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#24 psdk on 02.02.10 at 4:58 am

I read this article,
I thought i may be a gifted testers
but problem of mine is that
I did courses in C#.NET, ASP.NET with MCA degree in hand.
How much it gives benefit to me to working as tester other than developer.
let me know…. abt this.

#25 Sumit on 03.05.10 at 5:46 am

Ya Its true but Testers and developers war helps in delivering error free product.
Is not true??

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#27 sing a song on 06.22.11 at 5:57 am

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#28 DDD on 08.02.11 at 12:11 pm

PSDK,
U know how much salary get the QA…suppose u compare the Developer just little difference not a big margin….

#29 adhi on 11.18.11 at 7:25 am

HI,Sir i am adhi recently i completed my m.tech in vlsi (e.c.e) through out carrier i have 60% except b.tech (54%) only. i have good communication skills, so please suggest me in which field is safe either vlsi or software. at present i completed my testing course (qtp).either the testing job is safe are not,in software courses wich course is have safe please informe me asap

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