Entries Tagged 'Soft Skills For Testers' ↓

Characteristics of a Bad Software Tester

Which Characteristics Can Make You a Bad Software Tester?

We posted several articles that focus on positive factors, good qualities, and positive traits.

Everyone wants those positive characteristics and factors to be implemented in their career or life but no one usually focuses on the characteristics or qualities that they need to avoid in their career.

Basically, being aware of the negative things/factors that would ruin your life or career, will help you in being a better person.  Continue reading →

Quality Quotient of a Tester: 22 Core Strengths to Be a Good Tester

This tutorial gives you a list of characteristic features that any tester must possess to become a good tester. And these features, in turn, help a lot in determining the Quality Quotient of a Tester.

Why am I talking ONLY about a Tester? And Why not a Developer or any other role?


I just feel that all the work involved in SDLC in delivering a software is quite simple when compared to the responsibility of a Tester.  Continue reading →

5 Major Sins of Working With Testers and Developer

Working as a tester in a big corporation was probably the best thing that happened to me in my career. I can’t stress enough how lucky I am for doing the most enjoyable work in the world.

On the one hand, it is challenging and it requires a constant gain of knowledge (which btw, I think is a huge asset).

On the other, you are the first person in the world to hold in your own hands the new technologies and prototypes that reach the mass population in the future. Not to mention, the popular idea that people pay you to “break stuff” and the more annoying you are, the better.  Continue reading →

How Should Testers Handle Boredom?

I was asked this question in an interview recently- “What would you do when work gets monotonous and boring?”

Here is what I said, “Fortunately that has never happened to me and I love being a QA. When things get repetitive, I like to ‘mix things up’. I would document if execution bored me, I would execute if documentation got tedious, I would explore when everything else seemed bleak.

Also, targets and deadlines keep me motivated and a simple ‘do what needs to be done’ attitude is what keeps me going.”  Continue reading →

9 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Writing Skills as a Software Tester

In the last article, we discussed “Effective Communication Skills”; how important it is for Software testers and learned how verbal communication can be improved.

In this article, we will continue the same series of thoughts where I will try to share my views on written communication and few tips to improve it from a QA professional perspective.

Let’s first list down the basic questions related to “Effective Writing Skills”:  Continue reading →

How To Be A Productivity Junkie (Especially as a Tester)

We all have goals. We all want to do more and be more. There are many ways to be successfully, but the most important one is also the simplest – you have to get things done.

In other words, be productive.

By thinking about doing something, it does not get done. I wish it did, but it doesn’t.

So how do we combat the slump that we find ourselves in from time to time and save our ideas from evaporating even before they take shape?

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How to Prepare and Deliver an Outstanding QA Testing Presentation to the Team

Presenting your knowledge, experience or simply sharing useful information is neither an art nor magic.

It is a skill developed through practice and lots of exposure to a real-time audience.

It is not the slides or the data that you present, but your idea has to reach through to the audience. It should not just help them understand, it must compel them to implement the process or idea and see its value.  Continue reading →

How Business, Development and QA Can Work Together to Get the Project Completed

What People Want – Understanding Stakeholder Needs

Too often, we (QA/Testers) are focused on our own needs instead of those of others. We need to discover and help satisfy the needs of others, and we also need to show that our needs are in the best interests of others.

But what are the needs of others, and how do they affect us?

Layered on top of this, your organization may be siloed (where the stakeholders avoid talking, throwing work over the wall), Agile (where there is more interaction), or using DevOps (where roles blur requiring understanding of everybody else). Continue reading →

What Do Clients REALLY Expect From the Software Testers?

In today’s article, I am going to share some thoughts on what I believe the clients are REALLY expecting from us based on my first-hand experience working at client locations with daily face-to-face interactions and collaborating offshore via emails or phone calls.

IT services are an important and integral part of the software industry and customer satisfaction is important to succeed. Each client/organization may be different in their process may follow different protocol, and may deal with different type of businesses.  Continue reading →

How to Become an Excellent Communicator as a Tester – A 4-Step Process

Hello my dear readers, Hope you all are in pink of health and enjoying Testing! I am doing great too and excited to share some interesting things with you about effective communication skills and how to achieve it.

Consider the above sentences as the start of this article vs. the following:

The Topic of today’s discussion is “Effective Communication Skills” and how to achieve it.

Which one will create more interest in the readers?  Continue reading →