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5 Important Diagrams That Testers Need to Learn How to Use

If not for pictures there were be no recordings of early history, passable knowledge, and evolution of language.

Not to overly dramatize, but diagrams have their own special place even in a world with highly evolved and sophisticated forms of writing and expression.

In the technology industry, our diagrams are dear to us.

Here are some of the prominent ones that we testers come in close contact with often and how we use them.

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5 Excuses Every Software Tester Must Stop Giving

I have unlocked a pattern from my experience of hiring around hundred testers over a period of time and interviewing some thousand others.

From all the discussions I had with fellow testers during interviews, I felt happy numerous times seeing the quality talent which we have in our community of testers.


But let me also share the other side of the story, the patterns I am talking about. It makes me sad.  Continue reading →

10 Worst Things a Critic Would Say About Your Software

It is a typical practice to include the list of known issues with the QA sign off an email.

This helps teams make the right decisions as to:

  • Let the end-users know the problem areas
  • Plan for training accordingly
  • Work on Change Management
  • Include these issues in the help files or documentation, so we provide alternatives, etc.

The list includes confirmed defects that were either deferred or not fixed due to time constraints and such.

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What Scares Testers Most? – The Tester’s Horror Stories (Halloween Special)

Halloween is right around the corner!

This is the time to revel in awful, creepy and gory stuff – STH brings you horror stories that are going to shake even the most seasoned testers out there. Are you ready?

What scares testers most?

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My Unexpected Journey to Becoming a Software Tester (From Entry-level to a Manager)

“You build a Successful Life…A Day at a time…”

My journey as a Software Tester started a bit unexpectedly.

I appeared for the initial interview rounds assuming it to be a Development opportunity. To be honest, like every other Computer Science graduate out there, I was a bit skeptical about going ahead with Testing.

But finally, I decided to give it a try. Only with a hope that my curious nature will help me in this field.  Continue reading →

6 Most Important Steps to Make Your Test Reports Even Better

Before we go ahead with suggestions about how to create an effective test report, look into below reports and ask yourself, which one would you prefer when you are a decision maker or even a team member (any recipient of the report).

Report #1:

Tested following modules:

  • Module X: Login page.
  • Module Y: Home page and relevant tabs.

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When to Stop Testing (Exit Criteria in Software Testing)

Exit criteria in Testing:

“Well begun is half done” – Applies everywhere, even software testing.

Often we see software testers very enthusiastic at the beginning of the project. We create testing documents such as Test Strategy, Test Plan or Test Cases eagerly and enthusiastically.

Then we get to testing software with a BANG! This is only amplified by the interesting defects we find at the beginning of the project. Getting them resolved will only add to our accomplishment.  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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What To Do When There Isn’t Enough Time To Test?

Part way through your test cycle, do you often realize you do not have enough time to test? You had it all under control, to begin with, but soon you are reaching the contingency plan’s “What to do when there isn’t enough time to test?” section.

I have been there too and it is not fun. :)

I thought about this long and hard. How can something that started so well, go down so badly, so quickly. And, here is my analysis.  Continue reading →

4 Mistakes of My Life as a Software Tester (and You’re Probably Making These)

We all heard the story of the little frogs in the well who thought the world is the well until they came out and realized how big, beautiful and different it is!

Do you think you have lived this story at some point in your professional life? Well, everyone has. Welcome to the world of reality – beautiful testing :).

Today, I want to share 4 mistakes I made when I started my software testing career. You’re Probably Making These. Check out.  Continue reading →