Tools over Skills: Are We Missing the Point?

What does your organization really mean when they say they want to focus on quality?

One of my recent interests has been to understand what an organization really means when they say they want to focus on Quality. Do they mean:

– Better process quality?
– Better tools and frameworks?
– Better people to do testing?

It's very rare that they mean all the above when they really should mean all the above.

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How to Figure Out What QA Job Best Suits You Based on Your Skills?

Job searching is probably the most stressful and overwhelming part of our careers.

There is just something about it, that gets to even the best of us. I am not going to say, this post will change that. However, there is one bit of the tiring process that we will try and simplify- and that is, “What kind of a job can you aspire for, with the skills you possess?”

QA Jobs and SKills

Every job post/ad/requirement comes with its own set of primary/required/mandatory skills & good-to-have and

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Test Your Analysis Capabilities and Thinking Power – Software Testing Exercises (Part 2)

Software Testing Exercise 2

Update: Sample answers link added in the end for these exercises.

After overwhelming response for the first software testing exercise, we are encouraged to make it happen again. The ideas shared during the previous exercise, the enthusiasm seen to participate and the promise made to come back have inspired us to present the second exercise.

What you need to do?
Read all the exercises and put your answers for each in a comment section.

Entry level candidates – Those who always complain that they don’t have practical experience in this field can start with these small exercises. Similar kind of work you will be doing on a real job. I am sure these exercises will help you a lot in your career.

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Software Testing Exercises – New Platform to Test Your Testing Skills and Share Practical Ideas

test your software testing skills

Software Testing Exercises + Contest: Read on to know more..

*Update 2: Link to our sample answers page added. Also, winners' names announced at the end of this post.
*Update 1: just don't read other reader's answers in comments before posting yours :)

With excellent response for the STH posts as always, we have decided to fill this place with more fun and help.

No matter, who you are – a senior quality manager or a fresher who has just joined the software testing industry, everyone wants (or I would say, loves) to work on exercises, to keep our brain working.

With that, if you get to communicate with fellow testers and if you get a platform to share ideas too, would there be anything greater than that?

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Why Software Testing Needs Revolution? (and Here is How)

software testing revolution

Like every technology, software testing is also growing. As we see, nowadays, technology is evolving fast, there is a question to ask ourselves – as a tester are we growing? (Do not misunderstand this question as growing by learning 5-6 automation tools).

After spending almost a decade in the industry and observing number of projects and technologies, I would like to claim that this is the right time for software testing to be revolutionized.

As usual, I have points to support my claim. Read on –

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10 Qualities that Can Make You a Good Tester

qualities of a tester

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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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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How to Find Maximum Valid Defects in Any Application?

tips to find defects

An advice from a person passionate about testing:

Have you ever been in a situation where you're out of college and hired by an organization for the role of a Quality Assurance Analyst or in general terms as a “software tester” instead of a developer?

 Have you also been advised time and again by a bunch of people called “seniors” to opt for a project that will provide you Software Development experience instead of testing?

Have you been told that it's okay to be a tester in the initial phase of your career, but later you must move to a development role or that your growth will be stunted if you stick to the testing role?

 Or have you been told that there is very little skill involved with testing?

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How to Improve Your Testing Skills and Beat the Competition!

Practical testing skills

8 Practical Techniques to Keep the Mind in Tune for Testing

During a recent software testing interview, I asked the candidate about what he does to keep the mind in tune so that he can continuously think about new testing ideas. He was confused and answered, “I do testing”.  I smiled.

While working on the same project/application/product/domain for many years, we become an expert in a particular domain or product, but if we are not careful, we lose the most important thing – The eye to test.

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The QA Software Testing Checklists (Sample Checklists Included)

QA checklist

Software QA Testing Checklists:

Today we bring to you another quality tool that is so often underused that we thought we would rehash details about it in the hope that it regains its lost glory. It is ‘Check List’.

Definition:  A checklist is a catalog of items/tasks that are recorded for tracking. This list could be either ordered in a sequence or could be haphazard.

Checklists are part and parcel of our daily lives. We use them in various situations from grocery shopping to having a to-do list for the day’s activities. 

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