Can also be described as "interactive testing" - manual testing essentially means tests of any kind where a human is involved in the execution of the test.

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Should Testers first discuss a bug with the developers before writing a bug report?

In my previous project, whenever the QA team used to find bugs/defects, they used to communicate the problem/issue to the developer sitting next to them, verbally. In this approach, most of the time, ...
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When writing manual test cases and scripts, how much detail is too much detail when documenting the steps?

One of the things that I try to balance when writing out test scripts for manual testing is trusting that the person executing the test (which may not always be me) is reasonably competent to know how ...
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What constitutes 'Testing'? Is simply running the code during development 'Testing'?

I'm a reasonably inexperienced developer, and I recently got into a debate with the manager of our current project. It's a concept demonstration for trial funded internally by our company. After ...
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How can developers be assured that their software is fault free?

For example when creating software for critical real time applications, like those used in aviation, how certain are you that it's going to run without problems? Are you 100% certain or are you >90% ...
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Typical software & tools short-list for *manual* QA specialist (tester) working environment

For QA workstations preparation (Windows-based PCs) our IT department uses typical batch deployment tools. I'm not at all interested in the details of such process, but IT guys ask me: What ...
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How to deal with automation naysayers?

In my team, there are a number of experienced QA people. I work mostly on developing tools to make the QA process easier for these guys, such as developing test automation. The uptake has been slow, ...
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Capture screen during exploratory testing

While doing exploratory testing it would be nice to be able to record the screen (in a non-intrusive way), so if a defect is found the steps to reproduce it can be easily reviewed. Are there any good ...
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How to obtain “fresh mind” results?

I noticed that when you start on a project with a beginner mind (for that particular product) you have a fresh approach and start noticing a lot of bugs. After a while and some experience with that ...
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What benefit does having developer experience or background have on the effectiveness of a tester?

One thing that I've benefited from in my testing career is that I do have some knowledge of software development coding methods and concepts. While I probably could not code my way out of a paper bag ...
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Does automating your manual tests give you good automated tests?

I notice that the tag wiki for the "automated testing" tag contains the following sentence: "Commonly, test automation involves automating a manual process already in place that uses a formalized ...
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Transition from all manual testing to automated testing

Right now my company only does manual testing. We've talked about starting some automated testing for a while but it hasn't taken off at all. It seems like automated testing would be a good way to ...
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Why do medium to large companies not adopt test automation?

Is test automation simply not a right fit for some medium/large organisations, regardless of whether they "care" or not and assuming it can be applied there? What are the most common reasons for this? ...
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When can we say a product is stable?

From a tester's point of view when do we say that a product is stable? Is the product still stable when it contains a known bug?
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Testing in Open Source Projects

This is a bit of a general question. I'm trying to practice my testing skills and perhaps get some better experience with manual testing mature applications. In particular, I'm interested in desktop ...
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What is the difference between sanity and smoke testing?

When there is a new build we perform smoke testing,in few projects they call it as sanity testing.Can someone please elaborate on the difference between the both.
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How can a Software Tester use “Out of the Box” thinking approach to find more bugs?

Well, I am a black-box tester and I don't think out of the box. I just think about happy paths, thus I want to improve. I always read that testers should have great critical, analytical skills and ...
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What is the Real Business Value of Software Testing in an IT Project?

I work as a manual tester on a big project. My project follows Agile methodology. I test a Web-based application. I sometimes ask myself, am I giving any value to the stakeholders? What is the Real ...
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How can I spoof HTTP request data while testing?

I'm testing a Windows desktop application, that requests data from a server during certain operations. I want to make sure the application can handle all possible responses, including bad ones. What ...
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How to Write Test Plan

I am new to "Test Plan Writing" and I wanted to learn how to write Test Plan. As a beginner, what I need to understand first and learn to write quality/effective test plan. What you will suggest to ...
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I'm having trouble bridging theory with practical in software testing

Day before yesterday while chatting my friend(also a tester) he raised the topic theory vs practical in testing. His points of concern were that by theory software testing has phases like planning, ...
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Test Case Management Software

I currently write automated tests using WebDriver/Selenium 2 and utilize the Page Object model. I'd like to start documenting manual tests but our current process is only creating test cases in MS ...
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Is Selenium the right tool for browser compatibility testing?

I have been seeing a lot of customers pushing for browser compatibility testing using Selenium. Was wondering whether this is really necessary. The push is mostly due to Selenium grid supporting multi ...
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What is exact difference between TDD and BDD?

What is exact difference between TDD and BDD? Could you please briefly explain them to me?
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Testing with no QA team in an agile development environment

I'm currently working on a small team of a few developers, but even a small team of productive developers can develop a lot of functionality in one iteration (2 weeks in our case). We don't have a QA ...
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Testing without direction, how not to miss things? What about layout?

So this might sound like a "complain" post but it really isn't meant to be. But often-times I will be handed a project, lets say a Website. And be told to give it a "Full run through". So I take a ...
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What are the challenges around the integration of Manual and Automated Tests?

This is more a request for your professional opinion than a question... We are seeing how test automation is spreading to more and more organizations. This in itself is a good thing, but at the same ...
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Will doing only Manual testing affect my QA career in the long run?

I test a web application for my clients. I only do the black-box functional testing. I don't do any automation as there are other testers hired for that. I just log defects in a tool manually. Also I ...
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What are some small, standalone or web applications for test new QA staff on?

I'm permanently stuck with the following trouble: being Senior QA I need to quickly check and hire people for short-time testing projects. I specialize mostly in manual testing, while the range of ...
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I want to enter the SQA field specifically automation

I am working hourly for low wage as a QA intern/tester. I want to learn more about this field. I have already graduated, so everything I have learned is self taught or learned somehow on the job. At ...
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Why testing is not a stand alone activity

I am trying to understand the following concept - Testing is done parallel with other activities and thus it is not a stand alone activity, it is a complete process called STLC (Software ...
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Test Data Bank creation: approach, important points, useful links, data generators, file storages?

Being Senior QA, I often face one and the same problem: for every project I'm involved in I need to prepare / collect / generate various sort of testing data. It might be VERY different - below are ...
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What is the sense of having a monkey tester execute your test script?

In our organization project managers are responsible for writing manual tests scripts that are to be executed later by testers. However, we found hard to find the right level of details. The right ...
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Importance of Stability of QA Team for overall quality itself

Let me give you all a brief description: So we have a client which has left the company. They refused to renew their project. The primary reason was that during the course of time, the client was ...
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Tools similar to Google BITE = Browser Integrated Testing Environment and in browser manual testing aids?

I read through How Google Tests Software and was quite curious about the BITE project. The main idea is to reduce friction in manual testing by allowing the following to be done without leaving the ...
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What is the difference between Software Test Engineer, Test Automation Engineer and Software Developer in Test (SDET)?

Software Test Engineer usualy performs “manual” testing (without spending time on automating and supporting the tests). Usually is responsible to find all (as more as possible) critical bugs in the ...
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How to prevent cheating by manual testers?

I'm the guy who is motivated to bring some quality assurance into our team. The problem is, that our developers very often hate testing and even if they have a test protocol, not all of them are ...
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How do you test a backend API

I was applying for QA position and the SDET asked me this question "How do you test a backend API" in the interview. I wasn't sure I answered it correctly. Just wondering if I can get some input from ...
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Internal Acceptance Test (not automated): How long should it take?

Given that each test environment is different, is there a general rule of thumb as to how long an internal manual acceptance test should take? Definitions / clarification: Where I came from, when we ...
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What is Scenario Testing and how to create complex test scenario's?

Is there any general approach or methodology to create complex user scenarios for any application or is it completely context-driven. Are there some general test ideas/patterns/strategies to create ...
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How should a tester deal with a bug found in production?

In my previous project, I was working as a back-box/manual tester. My major responsibilities were performing function testing, executing regression suites, running smoke tests etc. I was testing a ...
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Is there a name for these kinds of tests?

In our company we have established some rule that from time to time (once a week or every few days) the whole team spends half an hour of testing their own software in its current state. We ...
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Want to switch from software development to testing domain

I have 4 years of experience in software development. But I did software manual testing more than software development. I am good in finding tough functionality related bugs. I have passion for ...
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What skills & technologies should I acquire / learn for performing my role as a Test Lead?

I have 7 years of experience in testing and recently I have assumed the role of test lead. I have to manage a team of 7-8 testers and our work is mostly comprised of Manual Testing. I want to know ...
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A bug is fixed in Development environment but cannot be validated in Integration environment

As in many IT jobs we work with two environments: Integration: for QA Development: for developers. Is there a general rule of thumb on what to do when for a bug the developer says it is ok in ...
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Testing techniques repository?

I was wondering if there are any repositories or wikis of formal testing techniques - test design ideas, like pairwise or boundary. I couldn't find one so far. Thanks! Ahmet
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Difference in Web Services & REST/SOAP API from Black-box Tester perspective

I have practically tested web-services/APIs (testing back-end requests of mobile apps, JMeter scripting for a web-application) but when it comes to differentiating between web-services/APIs(REST/SOAP) ...
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How to do more effective database testing?

I am testing a financial web-based application having the back-end built on SQL Server. As far as DB testing is concerned, I test simply whether any value/input entered in the UI application is saved ...
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Should Black-box software testers do Root-Cause analysis of every defect they report?

Should Testers/QA do Root-Cause analysis of every Defect/Bug they report to Developers? Well, I perform black-box testing on AUT. Sometimes I try to drill-down the issue when I find bugs. Should ...
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What are the test cases or test scenarios for palindrome

In the interview, the employer asked me to write test cases or test scenarios to check the Palindrome of the word. I said one with positive test case and another with negative test cases. But employer ...
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Importance of test automation experience to advancing in QA departments

I am a test engineer with about 7 years of work experience. I am not an computer science / engineering graduate. I have done a post graduate conversion course that included a good mix of software ...