Questions tagged [manual-testing]

Can also be described as "interactive testing" - used for any question involving testing performed by humans or with human intervention.

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What is a good KPI for software QA?

How can you measure the efficiency of the QA team? What KPIs would you set up?
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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 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 ...
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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 typical ...
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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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How can I switch from manual testing to writing 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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Will getting a Software Testing Certification benefit me in my career?

I have 2 years of experience in manual testing, and I am currently learning automation testing in my spare time. I was thinking that will getting a foundation/entry testing certification really help ...
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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?
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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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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 ...
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How to become a more Creative Software Tester?

I am a manual tester. I use creativity sometimes when generating Test ideas. How can a tester improve his creative/innovative skills which will ultimately help me in testing the product better and ...
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What is the fastest way to test a website across all browsers and browser versions?

I have made a social media web application and I want to test the compatibility of the web application for the different type of browsers and browser version. I started testing my web application ...
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What are the top browsers to test on?

I have made a web platform for the cab booking service. And I want to ensure the user interface and functionality of my web application is working across different browsers. But there are many ...
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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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What are some Invalid data inputs that will break a text box?

I am testing an web-based enterprise application created in Asp.Net. I am testing a text box which accepts alpha-numeric character and maximum 255 chars. Apart from normal boundary values, nulls, ...
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Why is separating functional and non-functional test important (or not)?

There have been several questions lately along the lines of "Is X a functional or non-functional type of testing?". Although I understand the distinction, it's never been an important distinction for ...
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How to plan security testing of a web application?

Security testing requires thinking out of the box, it noes not have clear test cases, and it is not repeatable, meaning running same set of actions over and over again will never assure security. ...
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Please suggest some ideas to test an IVR system?

I have to test an DTMF tones via keypad with toll free number, which has a company IVR automated response system. The IVR allows the user to login to the system and user can know account balance, talk ...
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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....
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What to do if a Software Tester is constantly missing Defects/bugs in Production?

We had a software tester in our QA team that had been reporting a lot of issues, but most of them were low-priority visual bugs, browser-specific behavior bugs, sophisticated (but with low probability ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to test a system alone with very little experience?

I have little experience with testing and I'm being hired to work on a team where I am the only tester. I'm struggling to find the best approach for the process. Being alone should I write down a test ...
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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 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 a software tester? According to my assumption: Analyzing the Requirements from the ...
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Deployment Testing

What kind of things should be looked at after you have deployed a new system? So far I can think of the following: Things to check: a) Check it deploys to right folder: Open machine where build ...
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What prerequisites does a tester need before testing a Machine Learning based product?

I have been asked to test a new project, which is a web application for performing job searches. I've tested these kinds of products before, but this new project implements machine learning to enhance ...
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Tools for REST webservice testing

I was using SOAPUI to test SOAP web services.But now i have to Test Rest Services. I understand that SOAPUI can be used to test REST services too. But can SOAPUI be considered as Standard Testing ...
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Changing my career field to QA

I have a BA degree in Biochemistry. I worked at a research lab for 5 yrs before I quit my job to be a stay at home. Now I want to change my career and get into the field of QA. I don't have much ...
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Data Driven testing in Postman Tool

Can anyone please let me know how the data-driven testing is done using the Postman? I read some post in the online, it seems to be by using collection we need to run the collections at the time we ...
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Where can I find ISTQB Foundation mock exams with reliable answers?

Where can I find ISTQB mock exams with reliable answers? I have heard that there are a lot of sites with mock exams but they told me to be careful because some of their answers are not correct.
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What criteria should be considered when testing report generation

My web application generates a lot of reports in formats like excel sheet, Csv(comma-separated values), fixed width columns, pdf format, html reports etc based on the parameters I select. There is a ...
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What are some good thinking tools that a tester can use to generate ideas? [closed]

As a tester I want to generate more out of the box ideas, so that I can test all positive as well as negative test scenarios and find most critical defects before the product is released. Are there ...
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Is there any standard or pattern of doing Exploratory Testing

Is there any standard or pattern of doing Exploratory Testing? Do we still need to write test cases or not? Is there any flow to follow with this kind of testing? How Exploratory Testing related ...
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Where in the process is Exploratory Testing executed?

We are an agile software development boutique. We use Kanban to keep our project running. We do Test Driven development, so don't have a separate testing phase. But we do some manual testing called ...
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When should a Test Case be marked as "No Apply"?

When executing test cases when should we mark a test case as 'No Apply'. When the test conditions/requirement is not clear or when its not feasible/possible to perm a test. Also why not mark a test ...
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Should the test code be written in the same language in which actual code is written

The product I am testing is mostly written in Java. I have to write autonomous code to compare the two outputs(one developed by our dev teams and other by me). Is it good idea to write my code as well ...
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What is a latent bug?

I came to know a new bug type named latent bug. Kindly help me understand what kind of bug is this?
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Bugged Mobile App To Test

I am looking for some bugged apps in order to perform functional test training and/or test some techniques. I found some resources like this, or a list of web application like it. However these are ...
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Confused with "Integration testing", "System testing" and "System integration testing"

I have read similar questions here but it did not help. My understanding is as follows: Integration testing - done by developers, integrating low-level components together System testing - testing ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What if the software is so buggy it can't really be tested at all?

I know the best bet in this situation is for the testers to go through the process of reporting blocking-type problems initially show up, with the focus being on critical bugs. Since, this type of ...
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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 ...
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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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