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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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What are the key properties of a great QA team member?

Provided you are ready to hire your first (or next) QA team member, what are the key properties of a person you will pay attention to?
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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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Should we reject QA candidates based on basic reasoning and math tests?

Short version: When hiring experienced QA people, do you want someone who has good technical skills, or do you want someone who has good aptitude skills? My boss says that if the guy can't solve ...
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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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What measures do you use to assess software quality?

Hopefully this isn't too subjective. I am curious to know what measures to use to assess the quality of a given software release. The measures would need to be applied to multiple different projects ...
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What factors should affect the ratio of QA/Test staff vs. App Developers

I've worked in a variety of environments with differing ratios of QA / SDET personnel vs. developers focused on building and maintaining application features. Is there such a thing as a "right" ...
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How to assure quality when you don't have dedicated testers?

If you're a programmer working alone, or with a couple other programmers, and you don't have dedicated testers, the programmers have to make up the difference. Obviously, even when you have testers, ...
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Should I take interview of manual tester who has more experience than me

I am in a critical situation. I have nearly 4 years of experience in QA doing manual and automation testing. We have a total of 4 testers where I work. I am now the most experienced QA in our ...
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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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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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What should an automation tester create a script for?

I am a newbie in automation testing. The question that bothered me while creating scripts was: Is it only GUI testing or do we also have to create Integration automation scripts? What would be our ...
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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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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 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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Interviewed as Java Dev but Hired as Lead QA. No QA experience. What do I do?

I was recently laid off from my 5-years-long tiny telecommute-based server admin / full stack software dev job almost exactly a month ago. Exactly one week ago I interviewed for a job at a small post-...
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Role of Quality Assurance (Not testing!) in Agile

From Wikipedia: Quality Assurance refers to administrative and procedural activities implemented in a quality system so that requirements and goals for a product, service or activity will be ...
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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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How to write automation when test engineers are constantly pulled to do manual testing?

The scenario: Scrum team consists of more developers than testers Stories revolve around 80% of testing tasks Why so much testing? There are asks of E2E testing for several user flows; regression ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 testers be worried about Quality Assurance? [closed]

In some companies, the testers are expected to do Quality Assurance. In my opinion, this is not the way to go. Testers normally don't have the mandate to push things thorugh on a higher level. Because ...
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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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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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Software Tester Skill Matrix with Levels

I would like to know if there's a standard Skill set for Skill Matrix for a Software Tester of different levels, like for example, what are the skills needed for an Entry level tester as well as what ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 should I learn next as QA

I have been working as a software tester for the last 4 years. I have the following skills and day job experience: 1 - Manual Testing of websites & Mobile Applications. 2 - Automation using ...
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QA as Scrum Master

I have been thinking more and more as to whether it’s a good idea to have one of the Lead QA testers as the project's Scrum Master? Here’s my thinking, which may not be the same in every company/...
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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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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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Setting up QA Department from Scratch (Web Development)

So im going to be starting a Job here in a few weeks, i've been doing QA for about 6 years now. Pretty much your standard Test Plans/Testing with a little normal SysAdmin stuff that sometimes comes ...
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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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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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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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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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About QA title/Position

I have been working as QA/Tester for the last 4 years. I know there are a lot of different position titles in testing such as QA, QC, Tester, Quality analyst, Test Manager, Technical analyst and some ...
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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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Universities teaching Software Quality Assurance & Testing?

I found that starting in software testing often requires a degree in a computer science related subject, but I can't find any QA only degrees. I understand the importance of prior computing knowledge (...
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How to solve miscommunication issues with qa in order to decrease task redundancy?

How to handle the situation where communicated bugs by the qa are duplicated as new issues by members of the project other than qa? What is the role if qa in this situation? Additional note: Time is ...
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Training a non-QA employee to do QA

I have just started working for a company as a QA Automation Lead, and have been informed that someone will be joining me to start the testing efforts here at this company. I have just found out who ...
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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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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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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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What roles can QA Engineer play in project kick off meeting?

I've been working as QA Engineer since last 2 years. Right now, my company is looking to change the QA process. They want me to be involved in Project kickoff meeting. Can you please help me to ...