All Questions

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
52
votes
15answers
19k views

How should a Software Tester deal with missed Defects/bugs in Production?

I work as a QA/test engineer in a small software company. It is an e-commerce based product. I was assigned a few projects by my manager. I mostly do functional/blackbox testing. Before the production ...
40
votes
12answers
13k views

Can a Manual Tester survive in software industry without learning Automation?

I mean to say is that if I dislike coding and don't understand complex code , then will I be able to survive as a QA. Or do I need to learn test automation to grow position and pay in my career, as i ...
40
votes
12answers
7k views

What should Testers do if they are not able to find good defects in the product?

I work as manual/black-box tester. My responsibility primarily includes functional testing of a web application and to some extent database testing using sql server, based on the functional ...
28
votes
12answers
7k views

How to explain the concept of test automation to a team that only knows manual testing?

I have been working as a QA in our 9 developer team for about a year. Had lots of 'firsts' within the year between personal and professional life. I replaced a QA who only did manual testing and ...
28
votes
9answers
30k views

How to write a test plan

I am new to "Test Plan Writing" and I want to learn how to write test plan. As a beginner, what do I need to understand and learn first to write quality/effective test plan? What would you suggest?
24
votes
7answers
4k views

How can I be sure that rarely reproduced issue is fixed?

I have a bug that is rarely reproduced, in about 1 case out of 5 attempts (20% reproducibility). Developers made a new version with the fix. How many times do I need to run a test to be sure that the ...
23
votes
7answers
4k views

What should a Software Tester do to become more valuable and helpful for the Development Team?

When I write detailed defect descriptions or bug reports, then my team's Development manager feels satisfied. What are few things a blackbox tester can do to help the Developers become more productive ...
20
votes
6answers
4k views

What would be the strategy when too many bugs are found in the final round of testing?

The QA team starts testing a software/product and there are “way too many” defects…! Every other scenario is failing, new flows are explored & clarifications sought. What would be the strategy now?...
15
votes
6answers
9k views

How should a tester deal with a bug found in production?

In my previous project, I was working as a black-box/manual tester. My major responsibilities were performing function testing, executing regression suites, running smoke tests etc. I was testing a ...
14
votes
7answers
2k views

The test team as an enemy of development? And how can this be avoided?

Details Forming a Scrum team should include all the skills necessary to develop a user story in order to deliver a potentially deliverable product increment with each sprint. In traditional ...
14
votes
3answers
784 views

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 ...
13
votes
8answers
6k views

Gamification in software testing

Is there a place for gamification in software testing? Could it be made as a part of a regular testing process and could it have a positive impact on productivity and quality? I've been thinking ...
13
votes
5answers
3k views

What to do when a bug is fixed, unfixed and fixed

A blocker bug I raised last week had been fixed and ready for re-testing. This morning, I re-tested it, it passed and subsequently closed. In the afternoon, by accident, I noticed this feature was ...
13
votes
10answers
3k views

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 ...
12
votes
4answers
7k views

Is there a guide for systematic way of writing test scenarios?

Are there best practices in coming up with effective test scenarios? Are there documented test scenarios that can be reused across different systems?
11
votes
5answers
312 views

Heuristics for identifying “one-time” tests?

I understand the importance of having good "regression tests" to ensure fixed bugs don't get reintroduced. But I think it's possible to go too far and end up with a massive "regression test suite" for ...
10
votes
2answers
17k views

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 ...
10
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
9
votes
8answers
2k views

Should Software Testers say that functionality is “working fine” or should they say that “it seems/appears to working fine or looks good”?

As a blackbox tester, while giving my testing status to the management, i usually refrain from saying that a particular feature, enhancement of defect is "working fine" and say that it seems/appear to ...
8
votes
9answers
4k views

What can be done if requirements are changing continuously in Agile?

If requirements are likely to change frequently during development. Although a complete change in requirement is possible, most of the time, it is the technical details that are subject to change. e.g....
8
votes
6answers
2k views

How to deal with or prevent idle in the test team?

I'm currently in two scrum projects. The team consists of 9 people (5 developers, 3 testers). We work with user stories, story point estimates and two-week sprints. The team has received a great deal ...
8
votes
6answers
2k views

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 ...
7
votes
6answers
860 views

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 ...
7
votes
4answers
52k views

What are the main role and responsibilities of a tester?

I am new to this field and I have decided my career as software tester. What are the role and responsibilities as an software tester According to my assumption: 1) Analyzing the Requirements from ...
7
votes
6answers
16k views

How can I test Web service without any automation tool and only using manual

I am manual tester and my responsibility is web, mobile application testing in which I need to test a web service but I have not using any automation tools yet. Please suggest me a manual way for to ...
7
votes
3answers
268 views

Which testing process will be good to start building a new product? [closed]

Your company is started building a new product and they are hired you as a Sr. QA position for this new product. As of the companies expectation you have to work on both manual and automation (...
7
votes
3answers
527 views

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
7
votes
5answers
309 views

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 ...
7
votes
3answers
11k views

Zephyr vs Xray vs TestRail

We are thinking of implementing a test management tool for our test cases which are currently in Excel sheets. So far we have zeroed in on these three tools. Some of the features we are looking for ...
7
votes
4answers
395 views

Giving test estimation for unknown application

I have come across different estimation techniques like Delphi, WBS, 3 point estimation etc. These techniques work only when you know about the application(website). Let's suppose I have to give ...
7
votes
2answers
143 views

How to link test cases back to the requirement (specification) document, and vice-versa

We are slowly generating small automated test cases for some software we develop. We've only got a few dozen or so written so far and we expect that in the end, we will have a few hundred, maybe a few ...
6
votes
7answers
13k views

How to handle client if you found a high severity defect on the release date?

Suppose the product/application has to deliver to the client at 5.00 P.M, at that time you or your team member caught a high Severity defect at 3.00 P.M (Remember the defect is high severity), but the ...
6
votes
12answers
304 views

Should only Software Testers be blamed for serious production defects?

I work as QA engineer whose responsibility is primarily testing the functionality of a financial web application and database testing to some extent. I have miss some critical defects in the past ...
6
votes
4answers
9k views

How to write proper Test Case steps?

I am beginner in writing test cases. I am working on a live mobile testing project. Consider a test case to login to a Mobile application: Test case Description: To verify that user is able ...
6
votes
3answers
6k views

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 ...
6
votes
17answers
2k views

Is there a test management tool that I can associate tests with multiple projects?

I am looking for a test management tool (mainly for manual testing) that would allow me to associate tests to multiple projects. We are a consulting firm that has many clients with different ...
6
votes
3answers
339 views

What if the application has functionality that wasn't in the requirements?

It may take serious effort to determine if an application has significant unexpected or hidden functionality, and it would indicate deeper problems in the software development process. If the ...
5
votes
5answers
212 views

What is the advantage of choosing testing as compared to other career paths in Software Industry?

I have had many people tell me that I made a big mistake by choosing QA path in IT industry and that I will never get opportunities to grow as compared to developers and database experts. Please ...
5
votes
7answers
870 views

How to ask better questions as QA to business analyst regarding functional specs to add value?

As a manual software tester, i ask a lot of questions/queries to my team's business analysts in email. For ex, there are some UI or functionality changes implemented, then i have queries both before ...
5
votes
3answers
10k views

Difference between Test case, Test specification, Test procedure and Test design?

I have researched this question on the web, but still don't understand the difference clearly. please help! thanks.
5
votes
4answers
251 views

How do you know when to stop testing?

Background: While manually testing an application in scenarios, where an application has complex functionality features, supporting multiple platforms(Web/mobile/Web APIs)/versions(OS Versions) where ...
5
votes
3answers
300 views

How important is doing QA considered today (2017)?

I'm doing QA since a while now and I am content with my job. However one thing I'm not so sure about is the value of being QA. The reason why I am asking this is because I see far more developers ...
5
votes
3answers
18k views

Importing Test cases from Excel to TFS

I need to import test cases from Excel to TFS 2013. For this I have already gone through the link SQA and VSTS, but my issue is not getting resolved from these links. I can't use 'Test Case Migrator ...
5
votes
3answers
566 views

Any good UI evaluation documentation tools?

I am looking for a specific tool which will help me document what I see when I perform web site usability evaluations. At the end of each evaluation, I need to create an report for my client. The ...
5
votes
2answers
178 views

How can a Tester use Heuristics effectively to generate good test ideas?

I have tried to use Test design Heuristics to guide my strategy for test design. For instance, during exploratory test session, I use different tours like file tour, menu tours. Can you give real-...
5
votes
3answers
258 views

Functional Testing - How do you track your test cases?

So I'm the sole-developer maintaining a software project owned by a non-profit. Being the sole CS guy on the project, I'm finding myself wearing many different hats. One of those is of your typical ...
5
votes
1answer
976 views

How to find and remove duplicate records in QC ALM?

I have 1,150 test cases in my QC ALM and in Excel spreadsheet I have 1,075 test cases. There are 75 test cases which are duplicate in QC ALM and I need to remove them so that it matches the Excel test ...
4
votes
6answers
693 views

How to differentiate myself from other Testers in the team? [closed]

I am responsible for testing an enterprise web application, what other things of high value can a tester do to stand out of the crowd. Apart from obvious activities like test data creation, test case ...
4
votes
5answers
348 views

Where to start when testing web pages with large number of options

I have inherited a web application that has no useful requirements/specifications, and no tests. The page that I am currently looking at sets the configuration options for the application and consists ...
4
votes
4answers
176 views

How can a software tester improve their note-taking skills while doing exploratory testing?

Should we take notes in a simple text file or should we take it in a fancy Excel sheet? How can we take effective notes that can be helpful while revisiting a testing module or application?