What it takes to become an exceptional tester? Ok, I got it. Exceptional is really something mind-blowing. Let’s start with a word “better” and it is possible to become a better software tester by following these tips.
Software testing is a different field from software development and to become a better tester, one has to learn and practice unique testing skillsets and abilities.
An avid tester is seriously a different person from an ordinary tester. His cognitive style, testing skillsets and testing approach makes him a better tester.
Quality vs. Quantity:
Always test for quality, not for quantity. Finding 1000 bugs doesn’t make you a better tester. I know, higher the number of bugs identified by the tester, higher the motivation level, but this is not cool anymore. Locating the most crucial bugs and glitches is more important. Assisting the developers by tracing “quality bugs” makes more sense, rather than filling defect reports with hundreds of bugs and sending it to the developers to fix. It creates hassle for both, the developer and the tester.
Always make NEW mistakes:
Always learn from your old mistakes, rectify them and never make them again. However, if you want to make mistakes, make the “new ones”. It really fosters learning. Okay, next time I will send the defect report like this. I will write test cases this way. This will really help you in becoming a better tester.
Set your Testing priorities:
Always test what is most important. Test the most critical parts of the application first rather going into the minute details. This will really ease your burden and pressure, as most valuable bugs will be identified first and development team will start working on the most imperative parts of the application.
Work on your written communication skills:
Working on your written communication skills is pivotal. Good written communication skills make things easy for both, the testers and the developers. Testers can define the bugs easily and it will be easy for the developers to understand it.
Test to break:
Mostly good testers follow proactive approach. They always try different things and test the software from different angles. Their aim is to find the loopholes and break the software.
Suggest Improvements and Fixes:
Good testers know where the developer went wrong. How problem can be fixed? They always have some hot suggestions to sell to the development team to rectify issues.
Act like a user:
Quality is often defined by the end user experience. Your job is not only to remove all the possible bugs and glitches, but also to ensure that the application stands with the user requirements. Your technical skills must be paired with the end user mind set to identify and locate the most crucial bugs.
Make your Bug report speak:
Attach the screen shot of every possible bug reported and provide the detail description. How many times it occurred, which browser, which device, when. Try to address when, where, which, why and how.
Keep yourself updated:
To be the best in every field, you need to keep yourself keen and motivated. Keep yourself updated about the latest stuff happening in the testing world. Read about new techniques and technology, remain vigilant and always try to add knowledge to your QA database.
This is how you can enhance your skills and abilities. This is how you can become a better tester.
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