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?
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.
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. Software Testing Studio has started a new series for you – “JD Talks” where we mine hundreds of Job descriptions to come up with latest tools, technology, languages and concepts. Let’s see what the first set of JDs talk about…
“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).
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.
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.
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.
An interesting and well-paid job can be found only in case you submit a job-winning resume. Technological boost has greatly contributed to the modern world and today it is out-of-date to write resumes on the sheet of paper with the pen. Obviously, it will be one of the first papers thrown by recruiters into the dustbin. If you apply for a decent vacancy in the reputable company, your resume should be outstanding both in content and design. That can be achieved with the help of modern online tools. Let’s see what tools can help you to present yourself in the modern and professional manner.
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!
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.
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…
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.
Recently our article “Manual Testing Is NOT Dead, But Manual Testers Are!” got major traction on social channels and triggered a debate in the Testing community. Some say “I have been doing Manual Testing since a decade now, and I am alive” while others approve of the title. Whatever be the debate (or discussion), Manual testers are finding it really tough to cut through the current jobs market. Want a proof? Try an experiment by analyzing the humongous response to a job opportunity posted for Manual Testers with 3-8 years of experience. How to move forward in Software Testing career?
James Bach. What comes to your mind when you hear the name? Disruptive & Controversial Tester. Founding member of the Context-Driven School of Software Testing. Creator of Rapid Software Testing™, Session-Based Test Management, and one of the progenitors and advocates of skilled exploratory software testing. The original buccaneer Tester. His thoughts are revolutionary & an inspiration to both entry-level & experienced testers. He is straight-forward & fearless in advancing the Software Testing technology. James Bach is synonymous with testing, and has been disrupting the industry and influencing and mentoring testers since he got his start in testing over 30 years ago.