Ideally every team should maintain a bell curve. That being said, this was a recent discussion I had with one of the seniors. ‘Freshers are lenient, reckless & lack professionalism/experience’ he said. But that is the whole point. Everyone was a fresher once. Freshers are enthusiastic to embark on their professional journey, are not bounded by professional processes, can think out-of-the-box. Just that they need proper guidance, relevant training & due diligence.
Automation is everywhere. Automation experts are in high demand. Nah! Not in high demand, ONLY Automation Engineers are in demand. All job descriptions mention a set of automation tools and frameworks. Interviews revolve around Java, Python, C#, Selenium, UFT, Appium, Frameworks, Algorithms, and what not. Literally ‘Everybody’ is looking for an Automation engineer.
Micro Management kills the trust. Or it proves that there is no trust at the first place. And Freedom breeds innovation. It is when you give people the power & the freedom that ideas originate. And one out of five/ten ideas works out to be superb. It is when you trust in your team that they perform. When they know you are backing them. You believe in them & in their work. In their potential. A strong manager have full trust is his/her team – it is about the tasks, work and the value-adds, innovation. It is not about ‘controlling’, it’s about ‘managing’. Ever had a micro-management incident in your team? How did it impact the team morale? Or how a strong manager built the trust & team pulse?
I assume ‘every’ fellow Tester in my network have experienced this situation at least once in his/her career. One of the most common Testing situation – How do you handle timeline crunch? Since Testing is the last step before client demo, the Test team has to make-up for the delays encountered till the build is deployed in Test environment. Now how do you handle crunch timelines without impacting the quality?
A strong manager backing the team is the foundation to a successful team. A team succeeds when you entrust them to deliver & have full confidence in their caliber. It’s like a family, no one should point at your team for weakness 😉 at the same time internally you might need to introspect & keep improving. What say?
Communication is important. “Excellent Communication Skills – a must” is always one of the Job descriptions. If not explicitly written, it is implicitly understood. One of the most important qualities recruiters look for in candidates is their ability to communicate clearly. You might be technically good, but you don’t work in silos. People work & achieve as a team. Communication is not just about the language but putting across your ideas in a simple manner, clear in understanding.
Some say serving notice is just like your ‘honeymoon period’. Is it because you are leaving the firm and no more accountable? Or why put efforts for something you know is soon going to end? Coming late – Going early becomes normal? Why?
Many a times we face these kind of one-off bugs 🙁 which peep-out and then hide somewhere. “It was a one-off bug and now not reproducible – so what can I do?” Wrong! Though one-off but still it is present somewhere in the software and as a Tester it is our responsibility to investigate it. How?
For some projects we should rename the ‘Onshore-Offshore’ model to ‘Manager-Worker’ model 😛 Where Offshore team is taken for granted. Additionally Offshore team is at the back-foot by default. But why? We should learn to ‘prioritize’ the work items and respect each other’s personal time. Learning to say ‘No’ in a constructive way is an art you learn via experience.
One of the most common situation, how will you start Testing without any functional requirement specification or any related documents? No wonder there are sometimes these kind of situations, ex. Resource attrition, no-documentation-with-agile-projects, etc. The only hope in these situations is ‘Exploratory Testing’. Since there are no documents to refer, refer the application directly 😉 Explore it, Test it. Gradually the flows make sense and we actually start testing it. Other option is to sit with Business analysts and developers to get application understanding – listening to experts instead of reading a document.
Start-ups give you an opportunity to learn a lot. You need to wear multiple hats. Work in & out. But it pays in the long run. Established MNCs give you a stable job with matured policies. Which one do you prefer if given a chance?
Adopting technology is important, but blind adoption is different than logical application of Technology. When I see it – looks like everyone wants to fit the tech-term anywhere in the test process and call it tech-driven QA. But how do you measure the ROI from client perspective? Do you compare Super-Tech.QA vs. Functional QA? Or Super-tech-tools are cheaper than the required man power? Nah! Everyone says “All these are long-term benefits, no short-term advantage”, but then eventually forget to measure the ROI in the long run as well 😛 On the other hand, due to all this fuss we have somewhere neglected the original Tester.
Agile Velocity is an extremely simple method for measuring the rate at which scrum teams consistently deliver business value. In other words – How much product backlog effort a team can handle in one sprint? It’s the rate at which a team delivers stories from the product backlog, i.e. sum of estimates of delivered (i.e., accepted) features per iteration. It can be measured in story points, days, ideal days, or hours that the Scrum team delivers – all of which are considered acceptable.
Why are some developers not aware of the functional flows? It’s like I am coding this module, why should I know the complete flow. My module is working fine. But you have to have a complete understanding of the system. Isn’t it? It works like that in every sphere – look at the bigger picture. Where do you fit, or where does your code/module fit in the overall flow. System architecture and System’s User perspective go hand-in-hand. Everyone in a project should have a clear understanding of these two aspects.