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

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)

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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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?

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 Continue reading →

How to Improve Your Testing Skills and Beat the Competition!

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)

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.  Continue reading →

The Only 150 Words Advice You Should Read Today to Start Taking Action

Taking action is the key to success. Do you know the secret of taking action? Ask this question to yourself: What is the smallest step I can take towards my goal, right now?

No matter how much you read, if you don’t get into action, you’re wasting your time.

Today, I’m cutting this post very short and asking you to do something right now. This could be anything like: start looking for a better career, start learning any automation tool, learn basic SQL and UNIX commands, learn basics of scripting and HTML or do something that will improve your life and help you achieve your goals! Continue reading →

Team Building in Software Testing – How to Build and Grow Your QA Team

Just like software development, software testing also requires some important factors to develop and maintain that can contribute to continuous process improvement. One such significant factor is Team Building. While building a right team, the focus should be on the following key elements:

Roles and Responsibilities

Each organization has a different hierarchy, roles & responsibilities in the QA team. However, on a broader level, there are two levels of the role in the software testing team. The first is the test lead or test manager and another is the test engineer or QC tester or QA tester.

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Thinking Out of the Box While Testing Software!

Creative Thinking’ or ‘Out of the Box Thinking’ is a phrase that we often come across at our workplace or even in our day to day life.

Did you ever try to find out what it means when we say ‘Thinking out of the Box’?

As per Wikipedia:

Thinking outside the box is to think differently, unconventionally or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel or creative thinking”

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Software Testing Tips from the Game of Cards

Have you ever thought learning software testing from the game of cards? At least not me. But when our creative reader Malini emailed me to explain this idea to use cards to show how software testing can be learned through the game of cards, I am amazed to see the software testing knowledge I can get from these cards.

Basically, we have four different trump suits for you, namely:
Diamonds: For Yourself
Clubs: For Co-Tester you work with
Hearts: For New Tester
Spades: For QA Manager

(Each of the four suits is a different theme, and the software testing ideas get harder as you get towards the Ace)

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