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

Effective Communication Skills

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? 

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Is Domain Knowledge Necessary for a Tester to Get a Job? Then What About a Novice Tester?

importance of domain knowledge

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. 

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A 6-Step Guide To Handle Client Calls Effectively as a QA Team Member

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The last thing that we do on any day in most projects and companies is making it through the client calls.

Client calls are an integral and important part of how work gets coordinated and communication channels are kept open in IT teams.

Client calls are fun when they are short and the tasks are on track and the client’s expectations are met. When that’s not the case, client calls can lead to lot of anxiety, angst, disappointment and demotivation.

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How a Tester Can Think As an End User?

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Scene: In a restaurant, a family of 3 arrived – parents and a toddler. After ordering the most favourite pizza, the family was relaxing and toddler started playing with the chopsticks laid on the table. He liked them and decided to eat his dinner using chopsticks only.

He announced his desire and parents, busy in talking, agreed upon it. When the pizza was served, the toddler started using chopsticks and was failing a number of times in getting the pizza in his mouth. Suddenly the parents noticed it and ordered the toddler to not use chopsticks. Toddler did not convince as the parents had already agreed upon his desire earlier.

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10 Qualities that Can Make You a Good Tester

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Qualities of a good tester:

What makes you think you are good at testing? Why do you qualify as a tester? 

The question still bangs in my ears whenever it comes to an interview.

This was the question I was asked at the beginning of my career as a software tester. The interviewer asked some aptitude questions as usual and suddenly he threw this question to me. I was almost speechless. Most of the time, we think we are good at something because we are doing it or maybe we presume we are good at it. 

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Why Do You Like Testing? We Have 12 Reasons, See Where Do You Fit

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Why do you like testing?

I repeated my question as the candidate looked at me with widened eyes. Unsure what to answer, he mentioned what software testing is and why it is important. I smiled.

Having spent most of my career working as a software tester, I used to clarify myself about what I loved about my job and why did I want to continue. At different point, the ‘like’ factor was different but it

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8 Critical Factors for Success of Any QA Project

Teatime discussion with a fellow friend from same industry raised the point about why projects see higher failures in terms of expectation and timeline. The critical demands from today’s projects were not the case before 5 years. Mobile applications have changed the definition of word ‘project’ in many terms.

Nowadays, everything is quick, everyone needs quick results, everywhere there is an opportunity and each part of the world is communicating with the remaining. With this level of globalization, it is really difficult to win a project, complete it, and mark it as successful.

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Top 5 Things a Tester Must Have to Excel (And the Software Tester’s Shifting Perspectives)

Testing Perspective

Introduction:

Having been in the software testing industry for about 10 years now, I have had the good opportunity to witness first-hand the movement of the industry in this relatively short time span.

When I started out, software testing was just beginning to make its importance known and have just recently upgraded from a ‘should do’ to a ‘must do’, regardless of what the software development lifecycle said. Software testing, in the past, never had a big follower-ship due to the cost incurred.

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How to Write Effective Emails to QA (or any) Team [Sample Email Included]

What is the first thing we do when we get to work (or sometimes as soon as we wake up)? – Check email, right?  Sometimes we don’t know what our day is going to be like until we read right through each email in the inbox.

In many of our earlier articles, we have highlighted the importance of good communication skill to effectively convey your message to your intended audience – one of the important soft skills for testers.

Email Communication

In this article, we will focus on one specific section of written communication – Email. We are sharing some tips and tricks to make email communication smoother and more effective. This is applicable to all teams and not just the QA team.

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Zen and the Art of Software Testing

At STH we are changing pace. Yes. Today we bring to you an article that will soothe 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.

art of software testing

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

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