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Vande Mataram | What it means for Testing team

Independence & Freedom – everybody likes it. Wants it. Fights for it. And finally celebrates it. It gives you the objectivity to express your views & opinions. It is essential for a thriving society where the mind is without fear & the head is held high. As India celebrates its ‘Independence Day’ on August 15th, let’s see what it means for a Test team.

principles-of-software-testing
Testing Fundamentals

Old but Relevant | The 7 fundamental principles of Software Testing

The world is driven by beliefs. It may be in God or Technology. Over a period of time every society lay down a set of philosophies or values for better organization & operation. Similarly, any technology has its own fundamental principles which have been proven right as the time elapsed. ‘Software Testing’ is no different – it also has a set of 7 fundamental principles that are proven right over the time.

Software Testing
Testing Fundamentals

Different means to Test | What’s your Testing approach or method?

Will you start testing in parallel with development or only after the development is completed? What about testing at the code-level? i.e. code reviews to ensure best practices are followed. Will it only be reviews or will you actually run the application to identify defects? How about utilizing some automation tool to ease the process? Or will it be hybrid?

Development vs. Testing
Industry Wisdom Interview Q&A

Take it easy, Developer. It’s not personal!

Agree or not, once in a while every one of us enjoy criticizing something – a person or a situation. A conflict between a developer & a tester is not new – it has been there since the inception of Software Testing. After all, nobody likes it when their mistakes are pinpointed & written on the wall. What they don’t understand is – it’s not about ‘You’, it’s about the ‘Software’!

UFT Recording Modes
UFT Basics

UFT Classes #9: Ease of Automation with different Recording Modes

To begin automation, the first step every tester learns is ‘Record-and-Play’. Why? It’s the easiest 🙂 Also, during automation there will be cases when we need to record object using its properties, or continuous mouse movements, or object’s co-ordinates, or to record images of the object. The purpose defines the type of UFT Recording mode you select.

Test Strategy and Test Plan
Interview Q&A Testing Fundamentals

Test Starter | ‘Strategize’ & ‘Plan’ your career, Finalize on the ‘approach’ & practice some ‘Techniques’!

What’s your strategy & approach to career development? Already planned it? Or still planning? You can surely utilize some industry-proven techniques, right? Similarly ‘Software Testing’ is also a process which involves strategy, approach, proper planning & using the best techniques. But before jumping on to these terminologies, first & foremost – Test Strategy & Test Plan are actual documents whereas Test Approach & Test Technique are conceptual. Test Strategy document will include your project’s particular Test Approach, apart from other details.

Interview Q&A Test Automation Framework

What is Test Automation Framework? Simply put, it’s ‘The Constitution’!

Let’s take a simple example to understand what is Test Automation Framework. How do you think Indian Democracy, the second largest in the world, is functioning? Is it ad-hoc? Nah! There are basic processes and structures that drive Indian democracy – The constitution of India. What if Constitution wasn’t there? What if people weren’t driven by any guidelines? Yeah! Total Chaos.

Interview Q&A Testing Fundamentals

Simple yet Misunderstood. Smoke, Sanity, Retest & Regression Testing!

This topic may seem simple to many, but despite of hundreds of web articles – Smoke, Sanity, Retesting & Regression are the most misunderstood topics in Software Testing. There is enormous amount of literature on the subject, but most of them are confusing. The following article makes an attempt to address the confusion. Before understanding these terminologies, first & foremost you need to understand the concept of Software Build.

Requirement Analysis Testing Fundamentals

What is Requirement Traceability Matrix (RTM)? Your GPS for the QA journey!

How do you ensure test coverage? – One of the most common interview question. After all, client doesn’t want anything skipped in testing & then face the embarrassment of end-user failure in live application. What’s the basis for the Test coverage? Yeah! Requirements – functional, technical & non-functional – every single requirement needs to be tested. What if by mistake the Test team over-looked one of the requirement & didn’t write test cases for it? How will a Test Manager or Client come to know about it? ‘Requirement Traceability Matrix’!

UFT Basics

UFT Classes #6: Object Identification via Mandatory & Assistive properties

As stated in previous post – Textbox, Button, Image, Checkbox, Dropdown, Hyperlink, etc. – everything which is visible in an application is known as “Object”. Automation is all about identifying these “Objects” in the application and the subsequent “Actions” to-be-performed on it. But the question is – How do you identify different ‘Objects’ in the application via HP UFT?

Industry Wisdom Interview Q&A

What’s the average QA Tester Salary | Are you being paid right?

First of all, the question ‘What’s the average salary of Software Test Engineer’ is like asking ‘What’s the average house rent in Bengaluru, India?’ You tell me…Can’t? Yeah! You need some more filters to arrive at the rent – the house type (whether it’s a 1BHK/2BHK/Villa/etc.), the locality, furnishing status, society amenities, etc. In the same way, the pay scale for Software Testing domain (in fact for any technology) varies depending on multiple factors.

Test Planning & Management Testing Fundamentals

Software Development Methodology | Simplified in Layman terms!

‘Methodology’ – means the same in Software Engineering as in English, a procedure. Yeah! You might be wondering then what’s all the fuss about it. Why so confusion. I too feel the same way. It’s just that too many methodologies have evolved since the inception of Software development & testing – different procedures applied to structure, plan & control the process (i.e. inception, requirement gathering, design, coding, testing & go-live).