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4 Important Things I Learned in My Journey as a QA Test Manager

A Personal Report – Being a Successful Test Manager – Challenges and Learning

Promotions are part of career growth and believe me, the consequent responsibilities teach us many things and help us grow further. From Junior to Senior and Senior to Manager, every level of that success ladder asks us to unlearn some things and learn new ones.

Getting to be a QA Test Manager is surely a matter of pride for anyone and I were not an exception. Today, I want to talk about how it happened, the challenges and my learning from that phase.  Continue reading →

Who Earns More, Software Tester Or Developer? Let’s Find Out By Comparing Salary

I was asked once, “Why are you a QA? You do decent QTP (VBScript) programming, how come you didn’t try development?”. It’s like I was settling for something less :)

Then, there are all these questions we at STH hear:

  • Should I be a developer or a tester if I decide on an IT career?
  • Will my career growth be just as good either way?
  • What should I say when someone asks me ‘why QA’?
  • Am I wasting my time being a QA when I could have been a developer?
  • Is my job less secure if I am a QA?
  • I am being assigned a QA project, should I run the other way or is there anything in it for me?

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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 →

Software Testing is Monotonous… Oh Really?

Sunny afternoon, an IT company, two testers at the vending machine –

Tester 1: This job sucks. For a whole day, I keep executing the same test cases that I did yesterday and still most of them are failing. The product manager is not happy with me because test cases are failing and I am clueless about what to do.

Tester 2: I agree. I am facing same problem too. I do not find anything new to do. I am expected to write test cases every day and whenever I present new ideas, they get rejected with different excuses.
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68 Essential Resources To Be A Successful Tester (Don’t Miss!)

It takes a lot to be a successful QA.

Technical strength, Core functional area expertise, excellent communication and positive working/team playing attitude play a critical role.

Even with all that and more, it can take a toll on the best of us if we are not prepared and armed with some tricks, tips and tools that make things easier and enjoyable.

STH brings you the 68 most important testing resources that all we testers should endow in our crowns.
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From Beginner to Pro: A Complete Guide to Successful Journey of a Testing Professional

What is the successful journey for testers in their professional life?

The most common thoughts with experienced testers and doubtful questions with those who start their career as a tester will be as below.

  • How many years will it take to become QA Manager or Test Manager?
  • What do I have to do to become QA Manager or Test Manager?
  • Can I reach higher responsible positions in my present company?
  • What is the maximum salary I can be offered in this field?
  • Can I continue in Testing or shift to Development for great achievements?

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Top 7 Major Goals of A Software Tester – Are You a “Made” Tester or “Chosen” One?

Being a tester in the software industry, is a big responsibility, just like:

  • A proofreader, who will have to proofread each and every word, written by the author.
  • A fashion designer, who will have to try the designer clothes on her own, before putting them for display.
  • A scientist, who will have to do R & D to understand the impacts of implementation.

For most of my career, I have seen “made” testers due to lack of other career options, lack of technical knowledge etc., rather than “chosen” testers, who have chosen the software testing career consciously. Continue reading →

How to Get a Mobile Testing Job Fast – Mobile Testing Career Guide (Part 1)

Mobile Testing Career Guide – Tips to Get a Mobile Testing Job Quickly

Part 1: (You are here) How to Get a Mobile Testing Job Fast
Part 2: Mobile Testing Interview Questions with Sample Mobile Testing Resume

There is a tremendous anticipated requirement for skilled software testers, especially mobile testers in the coming future. This is really a no-brainer because IT industry is still evolving and there is lots of room for more innovative software apps that will need to be tested.

Mobile industry too is no longer a minority as we can see that all software applications have their equivalent mobile apps too and hence we can say that the requirement for mobile and mobile application testers is also on an all time rise and will be in the days to come.  Continue reading →

9 Best Ideas for Testers to Utilize Their Bench Time Effectively

Is daily project routine work enough for your success?

We all love success and we know there are certain keys to get it. All we need is to find these keys and follow them properly. Many of us even know about these keys but find it hard to follow as we just don’t want to come out of our comfort zone. We are OK in following our daily routine in which we have molded ourselves.

There is a general thinking in IT industry that you need to be allocated to a project in order to prove your abilities. With this myth, we work for months or even years and keep ourselves busy in a daily routine that we hardly get any time to prove yourself. Continue reading →

How to Answer Team Playing and Leadership Related Interview Questions for Test Lead Position

In this article you will learn ‘How to answer Team Playing and Leadership related questions in Test Lead/Manager interview’. This is part 2 of our Test Lead interview questions series.

Also read first part here, where we answered 6 Most Common QA Test Lead/Manager Interview Questions.

Before we go for the actual questions in this section, let’s talk about what kinds of attributes are preferable when it comes to QA lead’s team playing and leadership skills: 
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