“Quality is not an act, it is a habit” – Aristotle.a
I know it’s quite old but still, it’s relevant. Perhaps, this is the one quote that should pop up in every tester’s mind all the time. Also, this can be sort of correlated to another quote “Practice makes perfect”. Apart from the above-mentioned quality, in order to become an ace testing engineer, you’d want the following qualities as well.
Tips a Tester should Follow
Discussed below in the blog are few vital qualities that we feel every tester should go upon. Nevertheless, it’s not limited to just five.
- Organize everything.
- Be Innovative.
- Be a Learner.
- Take Ownership.
This is one of the key qualities a tester should possess. Given that a tester will get multiple tasks/builds every day, it’s advisable to prepare a to-do list on a daily basis; following the to-do list should be a no-brainer, isn’t it? At the end of the day, review your to-do list and update the status of the tasks. This way, you will be able to measure, monitor, and streamline your activities. If any of the tasks are not completed within that day, mark and move them to the next day’s tasks list. By following to-do lists, you won’t miss any task.
In software development, most of the projects are following the agile methodology. Collaborating with the whole team becomes a mandatory one. In agile, the delivery time is short, so reporting a show stopper and other critical issues to the team is very critical in order to fix and retest the issues at the earliest. Write the bug reports in a precise and transparent manner so that everyone in the team can understand it better. Don’t ever hesitate to collaborate with the right people.
Testers have to validate the requirements and the application. It is the primary and core point in testing. But it is not enough; one would want to think out of the box to discover the bugs in the product/projects with as many user scenarios as possible. This will help to improve the quality of the delivery of product/project.
Be a Learner
“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” – B.B King.
We have to keep this quote in our mind; the only thing nobody can take it away from us is the learnings. Strive to keep on learning to understand how the world is tremendously growing with emerging technologies. This learning will help you to implement new techniques in your application testing.
Testers need to take ownership of their tasks and deliverables. A tester should check the product/project consistently and ensures how the quality of the application has come out and how can he/she make it better? Taking ownership without authority is a niche skill to develop.
Hope these five tips will help nurture your skill set as a tester. Apart from this, you can also get a little help from a test management tool to make you smarter and get things done sooner in an organized way.