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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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How the Testers Can Ask Questions The Smart Way: The Step-By-Step Guide

A brainstorming session with the team is always a learning experience.

This time, we had a different idea. We divided the team into two groups and decided to ask questions to each other for a common product – Phone. The only restriction was the questions should be limited to testing of the phone.

And the session ended with interesting unanswered questions and some better ideas to test the phone.  Continue reading →

How to Perform Post-Release Testing Effectively and Minimize Impact of the Release to Live Clients

When I started my career as a QA, I was working with a company that offered its products as SaaS. Production releases were critical and there was a possibility of affecting the functionality for the live clients.

As our client base grew, to manage the risk and minimize the impact of the release to live clients, QA team adopted the post-release testing practice.

This was all new to me and I had so many questions and doubts in my mind:  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 →

Top 10 Challenges Testers Face at Workplace and How to Overcome Them

Challenges are normal. It is when you look at them as opportunities, a gold mine and as obstacles, a land mine. I have had my share of ‘opportunities’ over the years in the IT industry.

Some came with the role I was playing, some general. This is my attempt to record them and to reach out to the community to see if any of those resonate with you and maybe, in a small capacity help you and let you know that you are not alone.

Here’s my top 10 list:

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What is Technical Debt and Why QA Testers Should be Concerned About It?

Technical debt is a metaphorical idea which argues that just as one may run into debt problems in finance, software organizations encounter something similar in the buildup of unfinished work during past projects and version releases/sprints.

What is Technical debt?

It represents the effort needed to fix the issues/defects that remain in the code when an application is released. In simple words – it’s the difference (in terms of bugs) between what is expected and what is delivered.

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This Scenario Explains How Important It is to Document the Frequently Encountered Errors

Do you believe that software errors occur only once and that on being fixed they never resurface? I feel that about 30% of the errors reoccur.

In this article, I want to cover how important it is to document some of the frequently encountered errors.

Below, you will find some common areas where issues are seen and a template to document them.  Continue reading →

Continuous Integration Process: How to Improve Software Quality and Reduce Risk

In the first part of the article series, we understood the nuances of Continuous Delivery (CD) where we have production ready software at any point via continuous feedback loops. Continuous integration (CI) is the real meat behind the CD process and is the reason that makes Continuous Delivery possible.

To understand CI, let’s take the terms at face value and deduce a basic definition. The first word means “ongoing” or “frequent” and the second “merged” or “made part of”. So CI is a process where something is being “merged”-“frequently”.

Logically the next question is: What is the something being merged and where is it merged?

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Continuous Delivery: How to Have the Reliable Software Releases to Production at Any Time

In this two-part article series, we will focus on Continuous Delivery (CD) and Continuous Integration (CI), starting with an at length discussion on Continuous delivery today.

Software development has seen a steep outlook and approach difference to keep up with the current market trends and consumer needs. While the traditional waterfall approach was more sequential and planned, it has setbacks in terms of satisfying customer expectations of the final product.  Continue reading →

How to Deal With Bad Requirements as a Tester

The silent conference room was suffocating and everyone inside it was confused. How could we miss it, was the question everyone’s face reflected.

After all, not showing up with any relevant error when the user tries to duplicate the existing record and allowing him to do so was not a small bug- That too for an insurance company.

After deciding to nail down the issue, everyone dispersed. And while digging out, it was observed that client never mentioned anything about duplicity of records in the requirements document and therefore no one asked relevant questions or thought about it.

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