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Importance of Writing for Testers

WritingImagine an Explorer who lost his way in woods. Now, he’s got one option i.e. to track his route, make markings to avoid visiting the same area again and again. He has to keep notes of the time, sunlight direction, markings on the woods, areas covered etc etc. Similarly, A tourist in a new city always makes notes of the places to visit or visited. Imagine how important it is for a Tester to make notes while doing Exploratory Testing (an unplanned activity) or writing notes of something suspicious you come across while testing, to foster better communication and remember important things which are otherwise ignored if not written down.

Remember when we were in School / College we always used to take down notes of lectures and re-read them to understand the topic further in detail.

A Tester writes notes, pointers, bugs, important messages, journals to communicate information, reports, views, observations. They need to make sure no important information is missed. To communicate effectively, penning down your thoughts, activities is very essential. But a poorly written information may not help you as a tester, the project or the team. Testers can always learn the art of writing once they understand the importance of it.

Testers who submits incomplete, hard_to_understand information fails in their presentation. Details provided are lost in translation when Tester:
– makes use of very long sentences thus derailing the issue under discussion
– writes incomplete sentences to only create confusion in reader’s mind
– do not focus on the vocabulary
– too many issues presented in same bug report
– gives partial information and assume developers and team to fill in the blanks

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9 Good Reasons To Choose Career In Software Testing

Career ChoiceAs its rightly said, one of the most common reason to choose career in Software Testing is, “You get job easily”. But this reason creates a false hope of having a good career and a handsome salary. Speaking about “having good career” – I quit my job out of frustration.

Initial few years of my job, I did not find software testing as an exciting career option. Running the same test cases every day, Running the same automation scripts which miserably failed every time, Reporting pass fail count, Copy pasting same test cases etc. etc.. I was stuck in same boring, mundane task list forever.

And that’s when i said, “I Quit”.

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16 Simple Ways That Make Your Bug Report 100% Powerful

Post is not focused on “How to write a Bug Report . Although it is about Bug Reporting, but will talk about “How Not To Write a Bug Report“.

I was recently assigned a project wherein there were already QAs working for quite some time and have raised truck load of bugs in bug tracking tool. My main task was to thoroughly test the website that was already tested by other testers. But before I could proceed, I decided to go through the important bugs already raised by QAs in order to avoid duplicity.

While reading the bug reports, I realized the common mistake QAs made while raising the bugs. I noted most of the bugs reported were in “Rejected” state & others (marked “Important” / “Critical”) were raised in such a manner that the bugs were in “Open” state for quite some time now, thus increasing the defect’s age. As a result, application was leading nowhere, So, client decided to do away with current QA team before it gets worse.

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Dangers Decoded Before Testing the Application

You are testing an application and you come across a new functionality. You are not sure if it is implemented correctly or not.

ASK YOURSELF

Do you know the requirement and understand the intended functionality?

If the answer is No : are you assuming the functionality of application based on your past prejudices? Are you generalizing your understanding to apply the same logic everywhere? Are you being ignorant? Is your knowledge of knowing things from past experiences sufficient enough to know the desired goal in current situation? Are you limiting your knowledge? If you haven’t asked questions to stakeholders or hasn’t gone through oracles, you may be making a big mistake to pass the System  without the knowledge of knowing it. And that’s the first sign of danger.

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Brace Yourself With Learning New Skills Automation

The world is changing and with changing times, it has become all more necessary to evolve. Rise of technology has improved lives and made impossible possible. Newer and better Systems is making way for automation, doing work faster and better. Work that was done few years back by hundreds of people is now done by machines in no time. Remember the rise of calculators. it changed the way we did calculations. Gone are the days when you needed a dedicated person to maintain balance sheets and look after the business critical transactions. No more punching numbers on paper and solving business transactions by crunching numbers. Computers replaced those men as they did the same job in seconds. Nowadays companies are relying more and more on machines (Automation) to do most of their transactions. Recently it was in news, a girl in Australia sent her Robot to Apple store that stood in the queue at 6:30 AM to buy an iphone 6 for her.

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