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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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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.

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Testing Certifications | Is it Mandatory to have an ISTQB Certification?

The complexity of Software systems and the demand of customers and users are increasing every day. It has become evident that testing must be treated as a disciplined and controlled process. Test professionals must learn precise techniques and methods by which they can deliver software with a much higher degree of confidence. Individuals who are charged with the responsibility of testing computer systems must receive formal education, i.e. Testing Certifications. Testing certifications are in great demand! It is assumed that you already have one of them or at least you are planning/preparing to have one of them soon. Being a Software Tester, is it mandatory to have an ISTQB Certification?

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How to Find Bugs in any Application? | 12 Mantras to the Bug Hunting Success

Industry is sure moving to Automated Test execution. But as I say – Automation is confirmatory, Manual tests are more exploratory. Only Automation testing is not enough, so testers need to be good at finding bugs. “Finding Bugs” is one characteristic that differentiates a good tester from a mediocre tester. The basic principle is to combine things that programmers didn’t expect with common failure modes of your platform. Always remember, Testers don’t break the software. It is already broken. You just need to find those broken pieces and help make the software better.

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Hiring for a ‘CMMI Level-5’ Company | What is CMMI and why it matters?

“Looking for a Test Engineer for a CMMI Level-5 company” – is recruiter’s common language. You must have read it numerous times while Job search. Ever wondered what is CMMI Level-5? Why does it matter? How do companies organize the processes? How will a company mature in process starting from its inception? There has to be a framework defined right? How is Level-5 organization different from Level-2? Some might already be aware, but only ‘aware’. This article attempts to deep dive into this Maturity Model called the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI).

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How to Switch from Manual Testing to Test Automation

There are lot of people who have Manual testing experience. When there is a walk-in interview you could see thousands of people with more experience than you have. So you have to differentiate yourself from others by adding extra skills to your resume. In a world where the consumer expects fast-paced delivery, and solutions must support a myriad of devices and platforms, manual testing simply doesn’t enable the delivery pace that the market expects. The rise of automated testing in response to this has been rapid. Are you attempting a switch from Manual Testing to Test Automation? This transition won’t come overnight. It takes months/years to lay the groundwork.

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A Fool with a Tool, is still a Fool | Ready for a Software Testing Interview?

While writing this article, I am worried & concerned. Not about this article, nah! But about the future of Software Testing and Software Testers in particular. Recently during an interview drive, I came across a bunch of (yes, maximum of them) so-called Software testers who don’t even know the basics of Software Testing. Leave alone the required practical experience. It felt sad that testers don’t even know the basic QA terminologies, didn’t understand its importance, take it too lightly as a career, are not willing to learn, etc. At one end industry is moving towards Automated QA and on the other hand here we are with a bunch of novice testers for whom even the foundations are shaky.

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Situational FAQ | A practical Software Testing Interview

Knowledge about fundamental Testing concepts is necessary to crack an interview. But now-a-days only knowledge is not enough. Interviews are not just about the theory anymore. Every interviewer is looking for candidates who have practical exposure to different kind of situations and is able to handle them effectively. Most of the companies will have it as one of their selection criteria. And yes, it doesn’t depend on the technology. For every technology there will be situations that an experienced professional knows how to tackle. In this article, we will look at some of the situational FAQ commonly asked in a testing interview. But we will need your help here. It is just a beginning, please comment any situational question that you might have faced in a recent or any past interview. This would help us to collate an informative list for the Testing community.

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Technical vs Domain Tester | Which type are you?

A peculiar but prominent distinction – Technical vs Domain Tester. Yeah! We know both are necessary for a successful QA career, but after certain years of experience your resume tend to incline towards one or the other. We are not Rajinikanth after all  Who wins the Technical vs Domain Tester battle? Nah! It’s not a comparison between Deepanshu and Kanchan (we are together after all ;-)) but comparison between two different kinds of resume!

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12 Small Changes = Big Impact to your Professional career!

Too much work, every day we stay late in office. Oh it just skipped my mind, sorry. Let’s discuss it tomorrow. His/her mail is always ambiguous, let’s discuss on call directly. They are discussing about the technical design, we (testers) need not attend. Hey developer – have mailed you the bug, please investigate. These are some of the common dialogues in our everyday IT life. Ever thought of changing something? Nah? Yes? Every one of us notices something errant but then forget about it the next moment. But we say – Small changes can make a big difference to your career.

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The most effective Marketing tool which nobody is telling you | Do you know what?

Every other software (or product) development firm is facing a tough competition in getting new business. Millions are spent on the marketing strategy to lure customers into signing contracts. Every day new marketing ideas pop up, a new strategy is formulated, costs are brought down, processes are being automated, social media & optimization are being exploited, different tools like Marketing Cloud are implemented, and what not. Marketing has grown into a multi-million $ industry in order to bridge the gap between companies and the customers. In all this hunky-dory picture, we are neglecting the most effective marketing tool available to all. Let’s explore…

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Preparing an Enterprise Mobility Strategy? Keep in mind these 20 Challenges & their Mitigation

Enterprise mobility solutions can present a number of challenges – Mobile governance, or the Management of people, policy, and process issues. At times it can seem like a minefield, but enterprises can quickly identify these challenges and overcome them in order to deploy an innovative enterprise mobility strategy. Companies need to bring all stakeholders into the fold to create truly productive and effective Enterprise Mobility. Here are the key challenges that organizations face as they define their Mobility strategy.