Questions tagged [team-management]

Team management is the process of organizing a team of individual contributors. Alternatively, team management is the set of individuals who organize teams of individual contributions. Contrast with the [test-management] tag.

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Is security testing the sole responsibility of testers or part of a mixed team?

Details: The well-known differences between API/GUI i.e. Functional Test are clearly defined. However, I ask myself the question: Does security testing belong in the focus of testers at all? Or ...
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What are some Career options after QA Testing field? [closed]

I am a Lead QA/Testing Engineer on the team who has worked on lot of Good manual/black-box testing and Automation testing projects, throughout my career. Now I'm a bit confused and Not sure what will ...
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Should bugs be story-point estimated?

Devs in my team state that estimating points for a bug that needs investigation is not beneficial as it is too difficult to assess the difficulty of fixing a bug before actually laying hands on it. ...
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Types of metrics used in QA management

I've been software testing in and out of leadership roles for about 13 years now but the only really reporting or metrics I've done are basic bug reports, which, to be honest don't really show much. I'...
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How does the QA Team Lead role change in a cross-functional agile teams structure?

My Product Team has a centralized QA team with a QA Team Lead. Currently, we are going through restructuration, which will distribute the QA team members among 4 existing dev teams: each team will ...
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Mixed Teams: What is the definition of Ready and Done in a mixed team with test participation?

Details: We are in a project in which many different teams are working (Safe Scrum), which are located in different locations, and are currently still working on other tasks, but which will inevitably ...
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How to measure productivity of the test team or of testing in general?

Basically many people know the problem that the project owners would like to see the progress of the test. Technically via test suites, via CI integration possible, reports. But how does it behave ...
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How do you determine that your project's quality has increased over time?

Preface: I know that the question may be a bit broad, so I hope it doesn't get closed. However, I feel this is a topic that a lot of QA engineers and managers struggle with and I don't think there's ...
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Focus on team or focus on app?

Given the following scenario: a company is working on a complex product - multiple teams working on multiple connected apps/microservices, sometimes more than one team works on a single application ...
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Adding inexperienced automation tester into Automation experts team

I wonder how an inexperienced automation tester (may have manual testing experience) with programming knowledge but no hands-on in creating frameworks are added to the team of experts in an ...
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How to integrate 4 QA engineers into 4 dev (Scrum) teams?

In the Product Team I work in, the engineering resources look as follows: 4 dev teams (4-5 members each), each team with a dedicated Product Owner 1 QA team (4 members) Approach 1: Currently, the ...
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Overcoming Cultural Differences with off-shore people

starting position At the moment I have different test teams at my disposal who work on different continents or who accompany my project like now in India. I have noticed a wide variety of ...
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Definition of ready and done in an agile test environment (when test teams are not on site)

details In my current project I work with different test teams, some of which work in different time zones, and also in different projects. However, all projects work on a common main project. ...
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What does the correct planning of the test team look like in the run-up to a project?

In my new project I have to put together a new test team. The PO would like to know from me in advance how I will carry out the planning in this regard. The initial situation is as follows: No test ...
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What does QA need to take into consideration while checking that tasks are valid

I'm the QA lead in my company, and as part of that I'm responsible for the quality of the TASKS that each engineer has. What does it mean? I need to verify that each task/story/bug that assigned ...
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Is there a kind of check list for the project start in the area of test management or test engineering?

Actually a very good question and somehow hardly discussed so far. Is there a checklist - for test engineers and test managers when they start into a project? Basically yes clear at least from ...
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Agile test procedures in Waterscrum + Staging Enviroment

Currently, I am working in several teams at the same time. The project teams work in Waterscrum and have defined an agile sprint of - one-week development + one week testing. All teams work with ...
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Legal test (on pre-producten Stage) slows down deliveries. How can I structure or accelerate this process?

In the course of, among other things, legal test procedures in the staging area, we have integrated a further step, namely pre-production, in which our lawyers check the texts of the pages to be ...
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Area of responsibility of a test manager within the agile process?

At first glance, Scrum doesn't say anything about how to test and who should take responsibility for it. Sure, it is always said that in Scrum the team is testing. But who bears the responsibility? ...
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Test and developer of the psychological approach. Avoidance of tensions implement, but how?

Many testers are aware that sometimes it is not easy to mediate between developers and testers or to find a common approach. Sometimes, anger also tends to rule on both sides. Within ISTQB this area ...
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Have test cases evaluated by everyone in the Scrum team? Including the developers?

I am currently assigned to a new project, on a Scrum team that didn't have a tester integrated before. There are no test cases yet, but the project is more advanced. So I'm busy defining test cases ...
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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 ...
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Separate Manual Testing and Automated Testing Team?

I work with a team of QA Engineers who do manual testing and automated testing in the form of Selenium and Postman. We're pretty good with our manual tests, attempting to automate said tests are ...
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Changing testing culture in the company

What could one developer do to change the attitude towards testing in a company where testing is considered a second-class citizen? I'd like to keep this question generic, but, if details are needed, ...
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Importance of having tests in home test assignments when applying for a new job

I've been a part of the interviewing process for Software Engineering positions (including QA engineers as well) in our team for the past several years and I am still struggling to determine my ...
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How to effectively document / manage existing manual test cases?

Recently, I came across a feature that had been tested before. This ticket was assigned to me on Jira, there was no mentioning of any previous testing on this ticket. After I discovered a few issues ...
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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 ...
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How to convince project managers that onboarding a tester early is important?

I've recently transitioned to a software engineer in test role--currently the only person in this role. We have a number of projects that are in the early feasibility stages, and I'm trying to ...
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Is % of escaped defects a good KPI for a tester performance?

% of escaped defects means how many defects were found by customers post a release. It has been proposed as one of the metrics to evaluate testers' performance in one of the companies I know. I ...
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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 ...
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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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Training QA generalists

For us, QA generalists are roughly professionals who can work in the variety of quality assurance disciplines, have experience in a broad range of products, industries, and tools, have an ...
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Most productive onboarding for a new tester

We've been going through onboarding procedures with multiple people that were becoming a part of our QA team throughout the history of our company. During these times we usually try to meet with a new ...
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Ideal size for a QA team

We've been growing as a company and with it the development, QA, DevOps and other teams. I could not help but notice that with each new addition to our QA team, our meetings are becoming longer and, ...
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Detecting observation skills during an interview

In our company, we think that some of the key skills for a tester are the attention to detail and observation skills, these are some of the major things we are looking for in the interviews. What ...
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Multiple product-specific QA teams vs a single generic QA team

Our company has been growing and with it our products and the QA team. Our QA team previously has only handled a single "headline" company's product and had this "startup"-like flexible and agile ...
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How to motivate devs to test their own work?

I don't know if you have faced the situation but I wanted to open a discussion about the following topic: How to motive developers to test their own work? When I mean "their own work" it can go ...
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Multiple pull request reviewers from different timezones

Our QA team is not a large one, but consists of full or partially remote, full or part time team members which, as it currently stands, live in different countries and in different timezones. We are ...
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My first job as an Automation Tester

I just started my work on month ago as Automation Tester, after I had some training. I feel I am struggling in the work especially as we are only two testers. It is my first job but sometimes I feel ...
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Asking a developer to be explicit about how a bug was fixed

Whenever our developer fixes a bug, he or she just posts "Fixed in version x.x.x.x, please test". We, the QA team, have requested developers to be as detailed as possible about what caused a problem ...
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How to ask our boss that we need more time for testing?

Our release cycles are not strictly periodical but happen about every month. Sometimes, after a regular testing phase, we, a QA team, are not satisfied with the amount of testing and feel that this ...
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Strategies to building up reputation as a software tester in a team

It is important to maintain good and productive professional relationship with the management, stakeholders and development team. Many things may depend on that, but, for this question, let's focus on ...
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How to sell a bug?

As Cem Kaner said: The best tester is not the one who finds the most bugs or who embarrasses the most developers. The best tester is the one who gets the most bugs fixed. Which refers to a ...
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How to deal with not motivated testers?

We have several "testers" who are involved in manual testing and test automation, but all of that part-time. Some of them are not really interested in testing and test automation as a field and lose ...
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What are the signs of an understaffed QA team?

What are the typical signs and signals of a Quality Assurance team being understaffed? How would you justify/explain a request for a new addition to a team? A little bit of background: We currently ...
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Code Review and part-time team members

We have several part time testers who do both manual testing and test automation. When I receive a pull request from them, I noticed that I am reviewing their code less strictly and allow a minor ...
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Actual data for why developers shouldn't be the only ones testing their code?

Can anyone provide actual data or scientific studies that show developers are (or are not) less effective at testing their own code than "independent" testers? I've seen many opinions but little hard ...
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Is release ready for production?

Every time after we stage our release, we usually have some time to run manual and automated tests against the release. This time period typically lasts for about a week in our project. To the end of ...
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How to handle a developer who misunderstands my bugs and feel there are too many

Last week, one permanent employee came over to my desk and bluntly told me that I was raising too many bugs in Jira. A large number of bugs are putting him in a very difficult position as his ...
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Contract tester: Customer expectations don't match what I thought was needed

I have been deployed at a customer's site for about two weeks now. Yesterday I sat down with my manager and he told me that: The customer's test manager thought I was not doing my job pro-actively ...