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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!