Questions tagged [qa-role]

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What are valid bugs

I have been working in testing for almost 4 years and had never had to ask this question because I worked in highly commercial and critical products. Whatever bugs I raised were marked as “to be ...
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Why is a dedicated QA team member necessary?

I'm in a software development team where we are two developers often working on different things, but no dedicated QA team member. Our support person sometimes handles testing or we try to test each ...
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What to do when QA team has no test case documentation?

I just started working as a QA Automation Engineer to a certain company which provides ERP and CRM services. However, I recently discovered that they have no test case documentation for the testing ...
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How can QA honestly identify their own strengths and weaknesses?

As a QA, I think of myself as being a bit above average in my field. I get paid well, I get promotions, & I never had any problem getting a good job. I am fortunate enough to meet with new people ...
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Communication vs. Technical skills ,how to choose in a given hiring QA position?

Context: As been involved in QA hiring positions from last couple of years in different companies, I have been seeing the trend as QA is getting more and more technical.Now it is reaching to a point ...
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Reducing production failures in case of multiple releases across multiple projects on a daily basis

Currently, I'm handling QA for umpteen number of projects (web and mobile). All these projects have multiple features being rolled out on a daily basis. The number of production bugs increased ...
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Why do some Software Testers never analyze the product extensively or use different techniques/heuristics to generate better ideas?

I am a black-box tester myself. I take my job seriously and try to find new ways to improve my test design experience. I have seen some of the Software Testers in my company take their job very ...
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How should a fresher in testing handle the final stage of testing?

I have 4 years of previous experience in support roles. Now, I started working for a new company. Initially, I was told that there is some specific requirement that they are trying to map me, so ...
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What may be the edge cases for testing a feature that is designed to ensure correct delivery of orders via 'OTP/QR code submission'?

We are planning to roll out a feature that sends either an OTP to the end customer at the time of dispatch of an order or implements a QR code to ensure that the order is delivered to the correct ...
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Agile testing main goals [closed]

What are the main goals of agile testing? I think it is plan, develop, test, review, deploy (shippable product). The primary goal would be to test until we have a shippable product. Correct me if Im ...
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Backend testing

Backend testing is basically a database testing right? Can it be something else? I was asked that question and I have a hard time finding the right answer. Anyone has any ideas? Thanks
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Possible scenarios for a periodic task that is run daily at 11:40 PM to process a data set available globally

I'm testing an e-commerce website and there is a deviation that is occurring on a daily basis for a periodic task that runs daily at 11:40 PM. In essence, what this task does that it picks all orders ...
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Can I get freelance QA (QA Lead or QA Manager) role through my sqa.stackexchange.com reputation?

I would like to get a freelance QA project or a role that could be done remotely. Is that plausible role through my sqa.stackexchange.com reputation? Any leads or suggestions would be appreciated, ...
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Test automation role: challenges beyond automated tests and frameworks?

Before asking the actual question, let me describe the current situation. The IT department consists of a few Scrum-like teams, with one or two software testers per team. Furthermore there are two ...
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How can tester ensure a timely ad high quality delivery when no deliverable are provided by developers for an Epic due in 30 days

If there is an Epic to be delivered in 30 days but the developers have not provided any deliverable and it's already day 1, how can testers ensure timely and high-quality delivery? What steps should ...
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Based on experience, what cannot be automated and is best to still test manually? [closed]

Which tasks cannot be automated and are best to be tested in a manual way?
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I need to do research on any topic related to Quality assurance. Which topic would be good? [closed]

The topic should not be vague and something which is difficult to achieve. Simple and conclusive topic would be the best.Please suggest some.
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How testing/QA Org should be positioned?

I've worked with companies which had positioned SDET/QA org in different ways in the company. Some companies let Dev and Testers work together as part of Engineering team. Unless the goal of ...
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What is Sql data conditioning?

This question was asked during QA interview. What is SQL data conditioning? Is it creating test data using SQL scripts to test different scenarios?
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Can a Software QA take over all the documentations needed for the project?

I have been included in a very big project, with surprisingly, unorganized - to none - documents. Every meeting, we had been asking for documents back and forth and they can't provide one. There's ...
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What questions would help one learn from an experienced QA professional?

In all industries seasoned veterans can have a hug amount of experience and knowledge about good and bad practices within their industry What are some of the questions that you would post to a ...
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What qualities and skills one must develop to project himself as a dynamic QA manager or Lead?

I would like to know what skills and qualities one must muster to project himself as a dynamic QA Manager or Lead. I often hear the management in my organization telling me that I don't come up with a ...
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What experience do you have with the idea “QA designs, Developer develops”

There is the opinion that QA should design cucumber scenarios, define the right data for tests, communicate with business and end users to fully understand use cases, focus to semantics and look also ...
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User Story vs Test Scenario

I still do not fully understand the difference between a User Story and a Test Scenario. How are the two different?
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How to deal with Automation team if not all members are sound in scripting

Recently I have changed my job and joined in a startup company for automation. We are 3 members in automation team but I feel the other 2 members are not that much capable to think the coding logic, ...
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What should senior QA know to transition to a Test Manager position?

I am looking to transition to a test manager role and I'm up for an interview. Been doing test automation for more than 2 years, being QA lead at a startup where I initiated and executed QA process, ...
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Validating adherence to software architecture/design after implementation

I work in an organisation that is one of many stakeholders in a large software project. Both functional and non-functional(quality) requirements have been specified years ago, and the solution is now ...
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What can be the question for practical task for the QA candidate?

There is one practical task which we are using since 5 year to analyze the right candidate for QA position. The task contains following things - Functional document : Candidate have to read whole ...
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What should be reported when a bug only happens 50% of the time?

So, let's say I'm running some tests and run across some odd behavior that is a deviation from expected results, however, I quickly run the test again and the bug is not reproduced. I begin to ...
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How to explain what a software tester does to a 6 year old?

We have a curious 6-year old daughter and she asks a lot of questions. Me and my wife both do Quality Assurance, she does it full-time, I do it part-time. Currently, I think we have not managed to ...
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What are the fundamental differences between a QA Analyst and a QA Tester role? [closed]

I often see these titles used interchangeably and am wondering what subtle or major differentiators there are between these roles.
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What are the “roles of QA in SDLC” [closed]

I am having trouble understanding the role of QA in earlier phases of the SDLC. The role of QA is obvious in the testing phase, but I can not see how QA should participate before that, especially in ...
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What are the benefits of working in QA before working in software or research engineering? What about founding a startup?

So I'm wondering what the benefits of working in QA are before switching over to software engineering. I'm not too concerned about getting pigeonholed into the role of QA or anything like that. What ...
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Architecutre of testing application for MVC application?

I am new to Quality Assurance and Selenium. I had been looking for the best tool that can be used for automating our website (built in .Net in MVC framework). Let me tell you the architecture of the ...
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How do I train a new manual tester?

We're looking to promote one of our customer service agents into a testing role. Right now they roughly go through our deploys in a staging environment prior to it going live. They've requested more ...
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Is security assessment a one-off task?

I visited a client today. The manager I was talking to wanted me to perform a security assessment for his team. He put lots effort in saying "We only need one security assessment, as we need to tick ...
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Should I offer free security tests to my clients?

I have been engaging a client for two months now. They are a major electricity generation and distribution company. For each project, I have got more than enough time to finish my SoapUI test cases ...
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Separate QA v.s. Scrum Team Member - How should QA be involved?

(Sorry it's a long question) I have worked with several companies where QA Team is treated as part of development team, and QA team is involved in most of the activities within development process. ...
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Advice for an experienced manual tester for working with Ruby automation

I am manual QA engineer with 22 years of experience. Now I need to work on automating a Web App in Cucumber/Ruby using Capybara libraries using Selenium to drive the browser (Firefox). Rspec for the ...
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How do I convince customers about the importance of code refactoring? [closed]

I affirm working on a software testing project for a customer. Due to a tight budget, I am the only one writing code here. I am thinking of performing code refactoring at the end of this project, ...
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How to move my company and I from time-intensive manual testing to automated testing?

In my last position, I was working an upwards of 60 to 80 hours a week for an implementation where we were unable to implement much automation. We were trapped by having too much manual automation to ...
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Should a senior QA engineer in Agile be expected to design/architect app features?

Can a QA engineer be actually expected to design and/or architect production features (not just automation framework)? Especially if he/she has 12+ years of experience and in a team where other ...
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In need of wise peoples advice [closed]

I have been a tester for an eCommerce company startup in the travel business, doing mostly Manuel testing which I found quite boring. Over the last 8 months (my first job as a QA) and over these 8 ...
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Does DevOps really kill QA?

I have read an article about DevOps and it sparked my curiousity on what would be the role of a QA here. Though I would like to quote this from the article: In the end, if there is a layer of ...
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How can QA regression test automation increase software development output?

I was asked to join a new project where the key objectives are: Increase throughput and increase the quality of testing – will contribute to faster delivery of working software i.e. Agile WoW. ...
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Should QA be responsible for XML schema validation testing? [closed]

In our company, we use XML as a core part of the integration. We had a few occasions where our customer raised the concern that our XML's are not validated as per the schema. I have asked the QA team ...
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Considerations and suggestions for QA lead responsible for software testing and development processes [closed]

I am offered a position as a QA lead, which is a big-big step up for me. I would appreciate some feedback, heads-up, suggestions, certify and considerations when tackling such a responsibility. ...
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What are the best metrics for evaluating a software QA team's performance? [duplicate]

What are the best metrics for evaluating a software QA team's performance? I am looking for metrics similar to the ones below: 1. Test Efficiency Test Efficiency = ((A-C) / (A+B))*100 A = ...
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What are responsibilities of being a Software Tester? [closed]

Is creating wireframes a part of Software Testing job? I am a newbie in Software Testing. What would be the possible responsibilities of being a Software Tester?
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Do we need a security officer to safeguard security of an application?

Currently I am thinking about how we can improve the focus of security testing and integration it into our development cycle. Now I am wondering, do we need a CSO or Security Officer role? Or is it ...