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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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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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The Rise Of Automation: Why Coding Is Becoming A Job For Everyone

As mobile applications and software development have become a larger player in modern business, it has become increasingly important for those who don’t have a traditional background in coding to learn basic coding techniques. Simultaneously, because of modern tech advances, it’s possible to begin to learn certain coding practices without having a deep background in the subject.

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How does Exploratory Testing help? Twelve reasons why it’s a must!

Exploratory Testing has gained popularity in past few years. There are several studies and has also received much of professional attention from the industry. Exploratory Testing gives power to the tester together with responsibility; it offers great freedom and opportunity to the tester for exploring and identifying areas for improvement. But why do we need exploratory testing if we’re already doing a good level of scripted testing? We’re writing test scenarios in each story, running them on different builds until they all pass, and we’re also running them in regression to make doubly sure that the product is still working. Sound good and thorough – what’s the point in doing more software testing on top of that? Well, there are a few good reasons to do exploratory testing in addition to the regular, scripted testing. It exposes the underlying issues within your product, app or website and allows testers to literally explore the functionality.

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Career of a FinTech Tester | Congratulations! In a way, you are Future-secure.

FinTech, a buzzword today. Though it has been around from the start of 21st century, recently it has gained unprecedented momentum. Why? Due to the emerging disruptive technologies. But what exactly is FinTech? And how it should be perceived as a Tester? What’s the role of a FinTech Tester? What’s the scope of FinTech Testing? These are some of the doubts testers working in the Finance domain come across daily. This article tries to answer these questions in simple terms. The Finance. The Technology. What’s FinTech? The role of a FinTech QA. And its scope. Let’s deep dive…

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Why am I not getting selected? | How to crack a Software Testing Interview

Yeah! A thought that crosses every tester’s mind who is searching for a better QA opportunity. Why am I not getting selected? Simple! Because you were not the best fit. Best fit in terms of technology, experience, salary, attitude, skills, behavior, etc. Only QA knowledge is not enough to land you a job. Yes, companies look for the ‘Best Fit’ among the available candidates. Some look for tech-savvy candidates, other focus more on the learning attitude. Every company has its own set of guidelines – what we call as company culture. With this article, I try to elaborate on some of the perspectives around Software Testing interview. It has helped me, and I hope this helps fellow testers as well in their quest for the next dream job.

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14 Software Testing Trends of 2018 | Automation + Process + Roles + Technology

The Software testing community experienced an exciting year of 2017 with many trends taking shape. Applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, continuing trend in adoption of DevOps, increasing test automation, shortening release schedules, and the lack of time for testing. The prevailing state of software testing is getting more challenging with every day passing. With the huge demand for high-quality products within a short time span, the role of testing has grown beyond just another process. Not a single software product could be released without its quality testing and bug fixing. The Software testing industry is always evolving and transforming to new horizons that’s why it’s better to forecast and predict such trends ahead of everyone. This article makes bold predictions for Software Testing trends of 2018.

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Top 20 Software Glitches of 2017 | That Mandate the need for Software Testing

Sometimes systems crush. And when they crush, they become headline news. The past few years have seen a sharp increase in the number and severity of software glitches at major companies. These newsworthy software “fails” have a negative impact on customer satisfaction & public reputation. The aftermath of each new failure is frequently projected across the internet, and can follow businesses around for years. The results of a phenomenally simple software error can affect the life of millions of people in the most negative way. Let’s take a look at some of the top Software glitches of 2017 to serve as a reminder of just how important Software testing is.

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Front-end Technologies | A Software Tester should be aware of…

This article covers 10 of the most popular front-end technologies which everybody in the technology business should be aware of. So next time you go for an interview or join a new project – always tend to learn different technologies that build a product. Though QA is one of the part, but it makes all the sense to know about the complete product & technology that you are about to deliver. Quickly lets jump on to the top ten front-end technologies arranged chronologically.