Testing as the word goes, is something more appreciated with evaluation techniques rather than concluding on a face value driven facts. Its all about rapid and vast imagination aided with critical thinking. The uncanny capability of accepting the fact that things can be different makes a tester vivid. Expert personnel in the field of testing are able to rapidly discover highly relevant information about the product, can make the most use of any resource that is available to him/her, and who has the respect of people involved in a project, a trustable resource.
As the testing industry grows, a tester with basic skills is not always sufficient to meet the market needs.Software testing has many aspects that are simply not automatable. Automation involves scripted time based procedures with not much of exploration. To be a soldier in manual testing, one should be incredibly skilled at thinking and adapting to new information that arises based on context, and since software is a system of ever-changing functions and states, sometimes it is more efficient to do exploration which automation does not do. However, we cannot deny the fact that automation is a savior for testers when it comes to critical testing at crucial points of a repetitive voyage.
Manual testing demands observation skills like sherlock holmes, to observe something, you need to notice it first. Observation is the ability to notice important or significant details. Testing is similar to experimentation, intended to obtain answers to questions where we want the answers sooner than we might otherwise obtain them (e.g. after software has been launched). It’s easy to make mistakes when testing software, ranging from picking the wrong set of measurements, to conducting inadequate tests, to mis-interpreting the results or finding the wrong shortcut.
To avoid congestion, build and consistently demonstrate ability to accomplish more in less time, instead of working 60 hours a week try to get the job done in regular hours by a sincere time management, risk assessment, and problem-solving heuristics. Get a visual frame/big picture vision of the project while working, learn and consciously integrate into your expertise both domain-specific knowledge and “soft”, transferrable, approaches. Use collaboration opportunities, talk with other passionate specialists – who love to teach their ideologies. Problems and problem-solving techniques do not fade away with projects. Stay passionate about the technical job and skill enrichment to move up the ladder as this kind of job is needed which is forever!
A helping hand is the biggest boon, ask for it whenever needed and be surprised to see where it comes from. Don’t be biased or trapped by the past testing artifacts, they might alter your focus or run the potential of slowing you down instead of speeding you up. Choose review instead of rework, starting from scratch for petty things is not always commendable.
Get along with developers which is a must not for harmony but for good work. There are instances where bug reports are submitted that are out of sync with the development cadence, do not let that overhaul the testing process, developers will soon learn to ignore. Worse still, they will begin to see interacting with testers as a waste of time as this tends to burn a lot of development time by submitting bug reports that are difficult to reproduce, inaccurate or are really caused by other humane error. Avoid this to the maximum.
On the humorous side, the development team can think that testing is a necessary evil, poking in at various stages given to the modern agile manifesto, diverting the developers out of the way until a bug is breathing through the testers thinking process. It might be tempting in some situations to lambast the developer about making such a stupid mistake or to laugh about doing this is immature and amateurish.
Instead, take a minute and remind yourself about all the pressure a developer is under. Being a tester, producing a bug might be exhilarating but that does not guarantee an escape from convincing people to take action, which requires a remarkable communication skill which is a two-way street. Tester should know how to explain why their findings are relevant and not a trouble.
Avoid interruptions while testing, trying to deal with too many meetings simultaneously can be hazardous. Being a tester, a lot of “FYI” meeting invites pour in the mailbox. Take a second-figure out the need and then leap ahead into the meeting if the need be. Guard the most productive hour of the day carefully, keep any hurdles at bay by creating a window of two to three hours where the performance is high. Such strategies help to plan and work ahead of the time frame thus not ruining peace of mind. Above all skills need to be revised, dont get them slayed or piled at the back of your head. This might be dangerous.
Social skills are a must! Whining about self victimization is a nasty thing to do. Instead be someone with whom people are willing to collaborate. Smile more often may be. Adding humor to the inner stress will let you sustain and stay focused on what you want to be doing: testing.
Aiming to become a world-class tester does not mean reaching a destination, but rather being on a constant journey into new territories. The exploration never ends–which is exhilarating, and makes software testing a bit more than rewarding.