Software Testing Training: End to End Training on a Live Project – Free Online QA Training Part 1

Free Software Testing Training on a Real Time Live Project:

We are very excited to present this next series of software testing training free tutorials. We are going to simulate an end to end real-time software project going over each and every phase in detail with a special emphasis on QA training processes, phases, roles & responsibilities, deliverables etc. In short be ready for a short online software testing course.

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Important note: The below free tutorials are useful to get started but if you are interested in best online LIVE Software testing training course from the experts, please check this page.

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=> Here is the list of all tutorials in this free Live Project QA training series:

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Why this Free QA Training?


We get many queries from our readers to share our experience on the exact software testing process followed by the software testing teams. So we decided to document this complete STLC with the help of a sample live application which is available to test on the Internet.

We will be using this live project for our software testing training series. We strongly recommend you to closely follow this series as it is going to be a crash course to learn and implement testing practices on a live application.

Software Testing Training on Live Project – What is it?

Before we go any further, let me take a moment to explain what this software testing course series is all about and how it is going to take shape as we move forward.

We picked a live application (whose details are below) and start with:

– basically, everything that we would typically do in a real time software testing project – with real time examples, artifacts and deliverables all created in the process.

How to follow this software testing course series?

Step#1: Introduction and SRS Walkthrough – We will start this mini software testing course with SRS walkthrough. We have created and shared a sample SRS document. Go through it as all further steps depend on your understanding of this application.

Step #2: SRS review and test scenario preparation.

Step #3: Test Plan – complete process of creating a test plan from the scratch. The final test plan version will be shared with you for reference.

Step #4: Test Cases – complete test cases writing process with some sample test cases.  We may use any test management tool or spreadsheet for writing test cases.

Step #5: Application walkthrough and test execution – how to execute test cases and record the test results.

Steps #6: Defect reporting

Step #7: Defect verification, regressing testing process

Steps #8: QA Sign-off

The intention is to give you all a feel of real time project experience and expertise. We hope you find this series useful.

Introduction to the application that we are going to use further:

Client: Orange

Application: OrangeHRM demo.

Service provider: SoftwareTestingHelp.com

Project description: Orange wants to create a commercial human resources management product that can be consumed and customized by medium sized businesses located in a single country and globally. It has 2 versions: Professional and Enterprise.

The features include:

  • Personal Information Management
  • Advanced Leave Management
  • Time & Attendance Tracking
  • Employee Performance Management
  • Recruitment
  • Advanced Reporting
  • Country / Location Based Employee Management
  • Localized Leave Rules
  • Configurable Workflows
  • Platinum Support
  • Country/Location Based Reporting
  • Custom Reporting

Note: For the sake of simplicity and to limit out scope let us consider the employee module of this HRM portal where the user has an option to enter their personal information.

When a customer or a business owner has a need to venture into the online world or make updates on the already existing site or application, the need is a business problem and the software is a piece of code that is designed to solve this business problem.

A customer then approaches a software service provider to make this software a reality for them. That is when the software project inception begins.

A traditional waterfall project (SDLC) has the following phases:

Software development process

  • As QAs we all know that even though “Test” is step 5 of this flow, it is not the only place we testers play a prominent role.
  • Also, testing is a reactive job. With no code/application ready to test we cannot really ‘test’ anything.  In order to be ready and react in the most efficient way possible we try as much as we can to plan and prepare ahead. So, even though phase 5 is for testing, our activities start way ahead.

Briefly this is what happens in each phase:

Initiate:

Once the producer and the customer agree on terms – the software production begins.

  • In this phase, business requirements are gathered and analyzed. The analysis is going to involve the decisions on technological considerations, hardware & software specifications, people, effort, time, relevance and improvements among others.
  • Business analysts, Project Managers and client representative are involved in this step.
  • At the end of this step and basic project plan is prepared.
  • Project specific documents like scope document and/or business requirements are made.
  • QA involvement at this stage is typically not to be expected. (This is a slight deviation from what it should be because to identify issues early in the developmental phases, it is best to involve QA right from the beginning.)

Define:

The business requirements finalized are the inputs for this step.

  • This phase involves the translation of business requirements into functional requirements for the software. For example: if the business requirement is to allow a user to buy something from a site. The functional requirement will have details like site format->menu option name and placement->Search product-> shopping cart->Checkout (registration or not) ->payment options->confirmation of sale.
  • Developers, Business Analysts, Project Managers are involved in this phase
  • The output of this phase is a detailed document containing the functional requirements of the software. This document is referred to by many names – Software Requirement Specification (SRS), Functional requirements document (FRD) or Functional requirements specification (FRS).
  • This is where the QA team gets involved – after the completion of SRS documentation.
  • While the finalizing on functional requirements and the documentation of the SRS is going on, the QA manager/lead is involved to draft an initial version of the test plan and form a QA team.
  • The QA team’s involvement is going to be once the SRS is documented.
  • At this stage either the development team or the business analyst or sometimes even the QA team lead will give a walkthrough of the SRS to the QA team.
  • In case of a new project a thorough walkthrough in the form of a conference or meeting works best
  • In case of later releases for an existing project, a document is sent via email or placement in a common repository to the QA team. QA team at this point would read/review it offline and understand the system thoroughly.
  • Since the primary target audience for the SRS document is not just testers, not all of it is useful for us. We testers should be diligent enough when reviewing this document to decide what parts of it are useful for us and what parts of it are not.

SRS Document for this Live Project

A sample SRS document is attached to this post to give you an idea on how this document looks like, the format in which it is written, what kind of information it contains etc. In the next article we will get into how this document is consumed by the QA team to proceed further in our testing projects.

==> Download Live Project Sample SRS Document.

Summary:

In this article we introduced you to the software development and testing process. We also shared a sample SRS document for the live project that we are going to test.

=> Next article in this software testing training series will be – SRS review and the process of creating test scenarios.

A note to the readers here: While the next article in this QA training series is being written, work with us in parallel here for the most live-like experience.  Try to give the SRS document a good reading and then we will continue with the next steps when we meet again.

Happy Testing, till then!

About the Author: STH team member Swati Seela is helping us to present this live project QA training series.


144 thoughts on “Software Testing Training: End to End Training on a Live Project – Free Online QA Training Part 1”

  1. Sir,
    Can u provide any project and all details about that based on manual and automation testing (tools should be like qtp, sellenium,qc,bugzilla etc), as soon as possible.
    thanks

  2. I couldnot understand one thing, SRS is made before the softaware is made or after that..because we are including screen shots from working software, but SRS is made in define phase which is just second phase of the SDLC..

  3. Hi..can u pls mail me manual testing notes with real time project ( test cases test plan..scenarios.. Srs doc example..) And also coding for selenium webdriver..

  4. Hi
    I am interested to join software job. Nw I am choosing testing tool and proffered to online classes. So give me suggestions us best or not

  5. Swati is great. I’ve completed The Best Software Testing Training You Will Ever Get, and she is such a great fascilitator, explaining everything very clearly, patiently and thoroughly. :)

    • Hi,
      I was Completed the selenium testing Course @ a small Coaching Institute. but I don’t have the huge knowledge about selenium. Now i like to make the Demo testing project Using Data driven method if you can help me.

  6. Amazing work….
    Thank you so much Swati …she is such a great facilitator, explaining everything very clearly, patiently and thoroughly.You are the best tutor along with best writer.You give all useful information in details same as you explain in live training.
    Thanx for another live project for testing.

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  9. Thank you vijay…

    Regrets of detailed about the subject, and one more thing you are having the idea of testing companies in Bangalore near Marathalli, Whitefield..Bcz am new for this place..instead of these two cities i don’t know cities well in B’glore.so,plz kindly to know, get companies information for mysake..and even am working also daily checking about your mails, ….

    and one more thing how fast i want to learn the subject about your tutions…let give me suggestion..how to grasp the subject.Let me know vijay..

    Thank you

  10. Awesome !!! Fantastic Explanation that I ever learn .
    Sooperb website for learning from scratch to intermediate level

  11. I really appreciate finding your site as I have been a QA tester/analyst for over 30 years and many times found myself performing tasks that usually a lead performs, only sans the title. I am up for a QA Lead position and this could not have come to me at a better time. Thank you!

  12. Thanks alot . Very helpful and informative for fresher and experienced as well. Could you please send me a dummy project on Insurance domain or E-Commerce domain ?
    It would be very helpful..

  13. I’am a fresher tester. Thanks you very much about your’s article, it’s useful.

    I looking forward many new article from you, Vijay. Thank you again.

  14. Hi, Vijay

    Thanks for this article. Even non-IT people can understand it better. I need guidance in this matter. I am a creo desig engineer (mechanical) with 8 yrs of exp. and after that 5 yrs of break. So can I change my field to software testing? Is it adavisable? pl. reply

  15. Hello,

    Large project with lots of testing and self-certiication. For apps that should test, but IT Owneers that choose not to… I need verbiage for the IT Owner to “sign off” that that accept the risk of not certifying. Any advice appreciated.

  16. I downloaded your Live Project Sample SRS Document but I can’t find the actual link for that sample.
    What I am actually looking for is the actual demo link for that Live Project Sample SRS Document.

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