Software Testing is About Mind and Eyes, Not About Years of Experience!


In software industry, we follow the hierarchy as:
Quality manager => Team Lead => Senior software tester => Software test engineer => Trainee.

Generally, as per the trend in India, the person who has more numbers of years of experience will sit on top and the fresh graduate will sit at the bottom in the hierarchy. The only difference is numbers of years of experience.

Do you think this is the right thing to follow?

Undoubtedly, the person grows well with time and efforts and when it comes to domain knowledge, the more time spent on the specific domain is considered as better. But on the other hand, it should be coupled with fresh brains.

Software testing is not about the years you have spent while testing. It’s about how your mind instructs your eyes to look at the product. During my professional years, I have found that most of the time, a testing team, having multiple trainees / juniors along with couple of senior engineers works and gives better output.

In the below table, I have just tried to co-relate approach of what right tester should be. Please do not misunderstand that people sitting on senior positions are not good (I too am one of them), but with the time, we all need to grow better.

So go through the table and ask yourself where do you fit and what is required to grow in a right manner.

Approach of what right tester should be:

What right tester should be

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Conclusion

Ultimately, software testing is not a job; it’s a process where everyone learns to analyze different things. Software test engineer with right attitude and brain + eyes combination does not need experience, he needs opportunity to jump in.

About the Author: Bhumika Mehta is a project lead, carrying 7 years of experience and working with Indusa Infotech. She is totally in to testing and loves to test everything exists. She appreciates good ideas and innovations and risk too. And of course hates monotonic work, people and environment.

All the best for your endeavors in software testing. Happy testing.


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52 comments ↓

#1 Amandeep Singh on 11.17.13 at 10:33 pm

A very nice comparison chart which you have drawn here – having ‘n’ years of experience in Software Testing (and any other stream for that matter!) isn’t alone enough to conclude the persons caliber as a software tester.

I have met newbies in ST profession having just joined and doing very well contributing to teams and even met many professionals who have 3, 5, 10 years of experience and still not making any sense when talking about ST, if you know what I mean! ;)

#2 Gurpreet on 11.18.13 at 2:17 am

I am partially agreed with you. As no doubt, some of the things are best and correct as you mentioned in a Growing Tester. But for everything there is a process..and
Assume the same scenario with you: That a fresher is your team lead..coz he is good at catching defects.
Each and every individual is different and learning at his/her own pace. And now a days,if individual (either growing or grown) has to learn and keep himself updated with latest technology otherwise he/she is obsolete. And importantly, a good TEAM should comprise of freshers, intermediate and experienced members to acheive a common goal – quality of project/product

#3 Hari on 11.18.13 at 5:24 am

Very nice article..The author has read the minds of experienced testers very well…There is a vast difference between juniors and experienced testers when it comes to level of interest and seriousness…

#4 Naveen M on 11.18.13 at 5:55 am

this is very in depth mind reading of freshers and experienced testers :) very well put.

#5 Sathish on 11.18.13 at 6:23 am

The Grown Software Testing mind should also be appreciated to same level of Growing Software testing mind, when he/she is capable of identifying, appreciating and encouraging the smart growing testing mind without feeling any ego or jealous.
With this perception, both Growing and Grown minds will be equally good with their respective capacities.

Thanks,
Sathish

#6 preeya on 11.18.13 at 6:30 am

great :) Happy testing :)

#7 raghavan on 11.18.13 at 6:36 am

This is the Nice article definitely we need to appreciate. when the Freshers are coming out off good creativeness we need to appreciate it

#8 abhaya kumar on 11.18.13 at 6:37 am

Yes; Absolutely you are right.. And it’s really very good article.

#9 Sam on 11.18.13 at 6:56 am

These differences are very common in IT industry. People should break these kind of attitudes and work together and give the best results.
Thanks for your article and discussed some valid reason.

#10 charles on 11.18.13 at 7:03 am

Hi its very useful as we work and face challenges in corporates. Please do post more and more likewise things.

#11 Srikanth on 11.18.13 at 7:08 am

Thanks for the Article,
Very well versed differences between Seniors and Juniors Software Test Engineers

#12 Vijay on 11.18.13 at 7:10 am

I want to quote a statement that Sachin Tendulkar said during his interview yesterday … he said when you are prepared to learn from even the youngest player in the team you will become a better student of the sport.
Thats an excelent statement from the Master. I think it just not apply to cricket but for any other field including Software Testing. The senior testers should have an open mindset to listen to the young minds.

#13 Dhaval on 11.18.13 at 7:13 am

Yes, this is really a good article analyzing the mindset of a junior vs a senior. According to me, seniors should learn avoiding ego, which is the major factor keeping them away of learning new things and appreciating juniors’ well done.

#14 Bhumika Mehta on 11.18.13 at 7:17 am

@Gurpreet : Thanks for commenting and sharing your views.
I completely agree with your point that everything should go in process. My point here is – as a senior, one should not stop growing professionally. For freshers, its definitely an opportunity to learn and implement new things but when we grow and designated as SENIOR, we forget that we are forgetting to something important : learning new things.
Thanks again for reading and sharing your views.

#15 Bhumika Mehta on 11.18.13 at 7:19 am

@Hari : Thanks for commenting and appreciation. I could read the minds very well because I am part of it :-)

#16 Bhumika Mehta on 11.18.13 at 7:20 am

@Naveen : Thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting.

#17 Bhumika Mehta on 11.18.13 at 7:22 am

@Satish : Yes, I completely agree with you. Both – grown and growing are requirement of this industry and need to work together. Thats the only process, the industry needs :-).

Thanks for sharing your views.

#18 Bhumika Mehta on 11.18.13 at 7:22 am

@Preeya, @Raghavan, @Abhaya kumar : Thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting. It really matters a lot.

#19 Bhumika Mehta on 11.18.13 at 7:23 am

@Sam, @Charles : Thanks a lot for your appreciation.

#20 Bhumika Mehta on 11.18.13 at 7:24 am

@Srikanth : Thanks for the comment and encouragement.

#21 Bhumika Mehta on 11.18.13 at 7:26 am

@Vijay : That was superb example and Sachin is definitely a legend because he allowed others to walk on their tracks. He focused on his goal and did not interfere or used his seniority to stop others.
Thats what is needed from so called seniors of any industry. Leave EGO and love work :-).
Thanks for sharing.

#22 Bhumika Mehta on 11.18.13 at 7:27 am

@Dhaval : Yes, truly said. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

#23 Hari on 11.18.13 at 8:04 am

I agree with points mentioned in the article. There should be proper mind set .Ego is the major factor to adopt new things. Juniors always follow seniors if seniors not interested to learn new things and always try to escalate their burden to juniors then junior will also learn same things. Very few seniors are capable to motivate juniors.

#24 Sarthak on 11.18.13 at 8:07 am

I completely agree but these things vary person to person an introvert and egoistic person is never a good tester , the first column is somewhat me.

#25 Shwetha on 11.18.13 at 8:39 am

Very good article.. :) Happy Testing … :)

#26 Surender on 11.18.13 at 8:51 am

Good to see this kind of article’s. and its also good for ppl who wants to learn more n more into testing.

#27 Amita on 11.18.13 at 10:11 am

Thanks for the Article…I appreciate

#28 Fadi on 11.18.13 at 10:20 am

Good article,

Hay Seniors : “Don’t forget to keep learning new things every day or you will put your self in a bottle :).

and Juniors: keep doing fresh eye things … you rocks ;)

#29 mai on 11.18.13 at 11:30 am

good article

#30 Bhumika Mehta on 11.18.13 at 11:34 am

@mai, @Fadi, @Amita, @Surender, @Shwetha, @Hari : Thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting. I really appreciate this encouragement and support and it leads me to write one more post for Software Testing Help. Keep watching this place :-)

#31 Bhumika Mehta on 11.18.13 at 11:36 am

@Amandeep Singh : Thanks a lot for sharing your views.

#32 Jitendra Agrawal on 11.18.13 at 12:22 pm

Nice Article :)

#33 Jagannath on 11.18.13 at 3:35 pm

Its a very good Comparison between Experience & Fresher
Kindly Share with your New Views to Help us to growing for new Commers those who starting with Career in Software Testing.
thanks sir…

#34 Sneha on 11.18.13 at 4:00 pm

excellent article Bhumika. and 100% true.
it really inspires and motivates me to go ahead!
please keep writing such things, will be waiting to read.
to conclude your article i would say that if a tester keeps learning attitude throughout his career Sky is the limit.

keep it up!
All the best! :)

#35 ARC on 11.18.13 at 7:22 pm

There is NO CORRELATION between numbers of years in the field and curiosity. It all depends on the person. Those who are good/great at what they do are ALWAYS fine tuning/practicing/etc. etc. This is TRUE in sports, and this is true in ENGINEERING. Just because you have been in field for years does not automatically make you stale. It is all about ATTITUDE. You could reverse your columns and have those ‘fresh’ minds display the same stale attitudes you show for the senior folks.

#36 Bhumika Mehta on 11.19.13 at 6:52 am

@Sneha : Thanks for appreciation and encouraging words. Second article will be out soon. Keep watching :-)

#37 Bhumika Mehta on 11.19.13 at 6:55 am

@Jitendra, @Jagannath : Thanks a lot for good words, they really help me to share more views.

#38 Gentlin on 11.19.13 at 7:04 am

Nice Article.., Thanks for sharing.,

#39 Sunaina on 11.19.13 at 12:22 pm

Good one.

#40 vinod on 11.20.13 at 3:11 am

Nice one

#41 Pooran rawat on 11.20.13 at 11:58 am

Nice article..

#42 @halperinko - Kobi Halperin on 11.20.13 at 3:35 pm

Thanks for an interesting post,

Hierarchy is mostly good – but should be based on achievements and not on Years of experience,
Also not anyone who is best Tester, can be even a good Manager (Many times by following expectations for promotion – we not only loose good testers, but we may loose the productivity of the whole group lead by inappropriate manager.

While Fresh view has many advantages (mainly lack of bias), still testing knowledge relies vastly on experience – the Bugs we have seen or read which leads us to seeking similar issues in later products & features.

@halperinko – Kobi Halperin

#43 Jeff on 11.20.13 at 8:29 pm

Hi Bhumika,

Very informative article on the differences between a senior & fresher mindset approach to testing. I wanted to see if you or anyone else on this article chain, can offer some advice for getting in the door in QA as a career change? Like you mentioned, QA is a mindset (which I already have) not necessarily about the experience. But how do you get the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager having little or no direct experience?
Thanks,
Jeff

#44 chhungku on 11.21.13 at 3:08 am

Really im new in the field of IT and im hired as a data QA tester.Everything thing seems new to me and hard to understand the environment.But the way you gave the answer seems best to my understanding .But i don understand how they take the situaton and how the judgement is done.only i know is.”If you judge the people you will never find time to love them”.AND heard that”Even a dog has a day”Thank you so much for your answer

#45 Bhumika Mehta on 11.22.13 at 10:49 am

@Gentlin, @Sunaina, @Pooran, @Vinod : Thanks a lot for your comment, it means a lot to me.

#46 Mahesh Jogur on 11.22.13 at 11:48 am

Bhumika..kudos!

very nice article. You have very well differentiated between growing testers and already grown testers:)

#47 sbk on 11.22.13 at 5:25 pm

Guess author has given too narrow view of the topic.
Is software testing only about testing functionality?
He forgot to address the root problem, why is a 10 yr experienced tester still expected to sit and test?

#48 divya on 12.02.13 at 8:37 am

This article is so true……very well differentiated between entry level and experienced testers….. I have never come across any software testing website so far… which has article on this topic. Well done Bhumika.

#49 Sundar on 12.03.13 at 6:37 am

Very good article. Good comparison and matured demonstration with examples.

#50 Dinesh on 12.03.13 at 7:08 am

Very well written article. One thing I always say about testing is that its a task of keen observation + aptitude. If something you are doing is not interesting from your perspective then you will never seek in depth knowledge related to it. I totally agree with every single word written over here. Thanks for sharing.

#51 Bhumika Mehta on 12.06.13 at 6:56 am

@ Divya, @ Sundar, @Dinesh,
Thanks a lot for considering efforts and appreciation.

#52 vismay on 01.16.14 at 9:36 am

Very nice and useful aricle for self learning.

its just says help your self.

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