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Interview all Automation | Job all Manual?

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.

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Testing Situation | How do you handle Timeline crunch?

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?

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How will you Start Testing without any Functional Specification?

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.

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AI + ML + Automation + Script-less Testing Technology! What about the Defects?

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.

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What Agile metrics do you capture? Any idea about Velocity?

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.

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Automation is Confirmatory, Manual Testing is more Exploratory?

Automation is mostly employed for regression, i.e. to gauge the impact of changes on ‘already-working’ functionality. The same Manual test cases are automated and executed. Automation is for confirmation. What if you want to find issues/defects? Yeah! Manual testing is the first approach. After all, end-user is not a scripted machine. Simulating end-user behavior, testers explore the application with some alternate flows & on-the-fly data.

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No idea about Software Testing Basics? Get an Idea before your next Interview!

I agree situational interviews are the way-to-go, but some theoretical clarifications won’t do any harm. Every tester needs to know the basics at least. It’s essential to be prepared for a time-boxed interview. Get some basic facts clear before facing the next interview, to avoid embarrassment.

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Kualitee – A Defect Tracking Tool You Were Looking For

Defect tracking is a testing-critical strategy that QA engineers utilize to understand the loopholes in the product’s quality and what further improvements it requires to reach the desired results. Software testing has to be intuitive and vast, and thus it has to be logical and yields measureable results. That’s the reason why the success of SDLC greatly depends on accurate bug tracking. In this domain, a fine defect tracking tool is crucial in software testing activities to streamline bug reporting, while accelerating delivery silos.

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How to handle ‘way too many’ Defects | Poor Build Quality

Recently one of my LinkedIn discussion gained much traction. Although I don’t know the reason – may be it was uncommon OR way too common among testing enthusiasts. The post got reactions from the who-and-who of the QA world – ranging from Testers to Managers up to VP Products. So thought of sharing the insights to a larger audience via a blog post. In this article, we will look at the options available to a QA team if there are ‘way too many’ defects in the application. Here we go…

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JD Talks | Mining QA Job Descriptions for Tools, Technology & Framework

Any technology or tool is worthless unless it is being used by ‘some’ organization somewhere. It all starts from organizations adopting the new technology or a tool and then it gets popular slowly. In that sense QA Job Descriptions are a great source of current technology, i.e. practical tech. being used by IT organizations. Be it Selenium, Protractor, Appium, API tools, Big Data Testing, etc. Everything is embedded in the QA Job descriptions, you just need to mine some data 😉 But don’t worry. Continuing on our “JD Talks” series – we mine hundreds of QA Job descriptions to come up with latest tools, technology, languages and concepts. Let’s see what the fourth set of JDs talk about…

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Database Testing | How do you get a Database Connection?

“How do you connect to a Database?” the interviewer asked. That was simple, right. Using a Database connection string I said. But what do you pass in connection string and how does it works at the backend? Oh Oh! They need the details. As a tester, most of the testing is centered on web applications (i.e. browser) and now-a-days mobile apps. But as with API testing, Database testing & SQL is growing in demand. Database knowledge is something every tester is expected to know about. So with this article we try to explain how to connect to a database, in detail.