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Software Testers are often made responsible for any bug, missed during testing or for any scenarios not tested. It’s a very common situation in most of the companies, where people work in a very tight schedule and follow Agile Model.

So, how a Software Tester can avoid these things? How one can bring the best concepts into play?

It’s all in the MIND. You don’t get much help from internet or anyone from different project, the best guide is You and Your Mind. It’s all your thinking, logical, analytic and imagination ability which will help you in the long run of your testing career.

Again, I am not talking about the SDETs who can easily get reference code from internet. I am talking about the strategy/plan, you will be following to write Test Cases, whether it’s Manual or Automation.

I believe that a Good Tester is known not by the Certificates, one has or the skill-set  one carries but by his sharp MIND. The way one creates awesome scenarios and compares the features of one’s project with existing or real time scenarios matters the most. This can help in great extent.

What are the ways to enhance your thinking, logical, analytic and imagination skills? Here are the ingredients:

1. If you are a fresher, get all the basics clear.

2. Try to adapt the technology, used in the project. If not, then try to find out the advantages and disadvantages of it. It will help you to find loop holes easily.

3. Try to indulge your in all meetings even if it’s too much technical. I can guarantee, you can relate this knowledge while testing.

4. If you are having more than 2 yrs exp, try to be expertise in one or two areas (e.g. Automation, Mobile). But I would suggest you to learn the basics of other areas as well. This will give you additional benefits.

5. Don’t only stick to testing. Pick up your interest and spend some time to know what’s going around in the world. You cannot be a tester for whole life. There are many more opportunities waiting for you.

6. Try to be happy and make others happy.

7. Have a balanced work and personal life. Don’t exhaust yourself with too much work.

8. Have a decent attitude, but if situation demands, don’t hesitate to be aggressive.

9. Be very professional with your colleagues.

10. If you are right, prove your points. If not convinced, go to heights.

11. Eat well, sleep well. Take good care of your health.

12. Take up a sport and get some time from your busy schedule to enjoy and relax your mind.

13. And last but not the least, Don’t work hard, work smart.

Please do comment in the post and let me know your thoughts.

Happy Testing …!!! 🙂

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“All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Use your rules of childhood into guidelines for living life as a tester.

Share everything:

If you are a experienced tester on any project then help the new developers on your project. Some testers have habit to keep the known bugs hidden till they get implement in code and then they write a big defect report on that. Don’t try to only pump your bug count, share everything with developers.

Play fair:

Let the developers know any bug you found in design phase. Do not log the bug repeatedly with small variations just to pump the bug count. Build trust in developer and tester relation.

Don’t hit people:

As a tester you should not always blame developers for the bugs. Concentrate on bug, not always on pointing that bug in front of all people. Hit the bug and its cause not the developer!

Put things back where you found them:

You probably use a test lab. It’s probably a common resource used by other testers. When you are finished, put things back–reconfigure the hardware, restore the software, reload the test data, set up the accounts, and reset the parameters.

Clean up your own mess:

When you finish doing any test scenario then reconfigure that machine to its original configuration. The same case applies for bug report. Write a clean effective bug report. Let the developer find it easy to repro and fix it.

Don’t take things that aren’t yours:

Do not take others credit. If you have referred any others work, immediately give credit to that person. Do not get frustrated if you not found any bug that later has been reported by client. Do work hard, use your skill.

Say you’re sorry when you hurt someone:

As testers, we’re in the error-discovery business. Our job is to find other people’s mistakes. When we find them, we report them publicly. We know to always focus our reports on the errors, not the person who made the errors. But still, sometimes egos are bruised; sometimes feelings are hurt.

Say “I’m sorry.” It is one of the most powerful, healing phrases in the human language.

Wash your hands before you eat:

In other words–start clean. Once the system fails, it may not be in a stable state to look for more defects. Reboot or reload often.

Remember to flush: :)

Like the toilets flush all the software’s at some point. While doing performance testing remember to flush the system cache.

Live a balanced life:
There are things in life in addition to testing–friends, family, travel, love, food, rest, health, fitness, art, recreation, good deeds, spirituality, learning, play, and, of course, introspection.

It is difficult, especially in the early years of our careers, to put work aside and focus our attention on other things.

But, as the great philosopher Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

From a testing viewpoint, create diversified test teams and develop diversified test strategies.

Learn some, think some, draw some, paint, sing, dance, play, and work every day:

This one is more difficult to apply. How about “Learn some, think some, model some, explore some, document some, communicate, and test every day”?

Take a nap everyday:

We need time to think, get refresh or to regenerate our energy.
Some times its important to take one step back in order to get fresh insight and to find different working approach.

When you go out in the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together:

Always work in teams, team score are always better and powerful than individuals.

Be aware of wonder:

Be aware of wonder as a tester: the wonder that they made so many stupid mistakes; the wonder that so much actually does work; the wonder that your organization is still in business; the wonder of your own talent as you discovered an amazingly convoluted bug in the code; and the wonder that you have so much fun and get paid for it.

Now its time to take nap ;-) Happy Testing!