Zen and the Art of Software Testing

At STH we are changing pace. Yes. Today we bring to you an article that will sooth the tired tester in you and set the mood for you to become better at what you do. This, we figured is the need of the hour. So far we have always fed the dominant technical side of our testers and we will continue to do that.

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For now we bring to you, three principles that are applicable to life and testing equally. So let us lighten the mood and awaken the enlightenment in us all. :)

Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument. – Desmond Tutu

We often get into arguments with developers about how something is a defect; how that defect was encountered yesterday and surprisingly won’t come back today; how you think that the severity is high when he thinks it’s not, etc. Isn’t this all familiar? So the Zen way is to make sure you report a defect or write a document or test a functionality that leaves no doubt for questioning- improve the information/service you provide. Sometimes less is not more – especially not for us. We have got to be thorough.

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When there is nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. – unknown author

Unfortunately as testers, we are the bearers of bad news. Too many bugs, show stoppers, can’t go live, too little time to test – these are some bad news we have to deliver on a daily basis and definitely not nice things. So do we keep quiet?- Of course not. When we consider the big picture for a second, the news might be bad but the intent is good. We are trying to safeguard the project against failing – let this fact be the motivation factor and take pride in what you do.

You will only regret the photographs you did not click. – Nicolas sparks

Screenshots – I sometimes think the “prtsc” button was made just for us. Isn’t it? If not for that, what would we have done? So don’t leave an opportunity to take a screenshot go by. You never know when you might need it and what you might need it for.

We, at STH are proud to be testers and I am sure you are too. If you are not a tester yet, we can’t wait for you to become one of us.

How do you keep yourself cool in this ever challenging career? What’s your mantra?

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11 comments ↓

#1 Kirti R

Nice thoughts. Here are my two cents.
Don’t take any thing personal
and No politics

#2 Nandan

Really well translated article

#3 Santhosh Tuppad

Some of the skills of bug reporting co-authored by me can be downloaded or read at http://tuppad.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Crash-course-on-Reporting-Bugs-in-Software-Testing.pdf

#4 Siddhant Raut

Thanks vijay

for refreshing article…

#5 Sachin

Great Thoughts with Nicely explanation !

I want to mention some of the lines which really help QA/Tester to be work nicely.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
– Try to point out your Bugs in simple way.

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
– Same thing as second point of above message

“The man with confidence in himself gains the confidence of others”
– If you are confident on your work, then it is much easy to take developer in your side.

“Everyone has his burden. What counts is how you carry it.”
– This is most IMP point for Tester. ;)

Best Luck.
Njoy. :)

Regards,
Sachin

#6 Mohan Raj

Nice Article

#7 aman

hey i m a tester..this is a reality thoughts.. my aim to always to find out bugs but it is not a correct way to testing and QA. but I always appreciate to developer’s to done nice job per day..

thanks
aman
amantandon9@gmail.com

#8 Satish

Really awesome….

#9 Amit Dwivedi

Wonderful article!

#10 Ravindra Joshi

Great Thoughts

#11 MD RAHMAN

THIS IS AWESOME!!

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