Questions tagged [testing-team]

A group of multi-disciplined, cross-functional professional working together to deliver high quality software product.

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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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Who is responsible for pinpointing bugs?

Let's imagine this common situation: a tester creates an issue for a developer to fix, providing the steps to reproduce, screenshots and other details (if available). Then, a developer does not think ...
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Senior management expected bug discovery rate to match their expectation

We are four weeks in testing a new application. In summary There is only one developer assigned to this project, basically, 8 man hour is available for this project. The rate of bug discovery is ...
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Good resources for building a QA team

Our corporation has, up until this point, largely lacked a 'quality mentality' of any kind. From no testers, they went to two testers - but 5 or 6 product teams still rely on a mix of developer and ...
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Good practices to audit test automation code

One test automator quit his job a few days ago. We noticed today all most all of his test programs produced fake results. What he did was either producing random test results or assert true == true. ...
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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 the pros and cons of a testing team having a lead vs having a manager?

Given that a lead (at least in my employer's view) would be a highly technically experienced person who also does administrative duties and a manager would be more experienced with management and less ...
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What should you look for in a testing manager?

In some organizations, individual contributors have the opportunity to interview their prospective manager. What should testers look for in a testing manager?
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How to set up a Testers Guild

In our organisation we plan to set up a Testers Guild: a group of test professionals that work in different Scrum teams. We have about 10 teams across the organisation. Most teams have one tester on 5-...
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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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What factors do you consider when putting together a dept training plan?

I'm currently putting together a more formal training syllabus/plan for the testers on our team. Whilst on-the-job coaching has served us pretty well so far (helped by the fact that everyone on the ...
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Should testers have access to view developers code? What are pros and cons of this?

I am working as a manual and automation tester for a financial company. Testers in my company don't have access to the source code of our applications, we have limited access rights to our version ...
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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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One repo or separate repos?

My organization is starting up an automation team, and we are still working on our structures and procedures. We are using Git to store automation code, and we seem to be of two minds; some feel we ...
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How to assess QA employee performance? [closed]

I often hear people talking about about Performance Metrics and Key Performance Indicators, but how to define quality engineering productivity exactly? What is it and how to measure? And what are some ...
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What roles could a QA team have in a (currently) Dev-only hackathon day?

I'm new to QA, and within the first few weeks of starting my position, the developer team held a hackathon day. I love the idea of hackathons, but me and my team just carried on doing day-to-day ...
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Is checking web content for typos and spelling mistakes part of QA or testing?

At my work a test manager is getting her team to raise any bugs or defects within JIRA. When I look at JIRA bug reports, there are a whole lot of text copy issues raised for web content. I always ...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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Dedicated or cross projects test team?

We are recruiting test engineers to two existing projects, that up until now had a single test engineer juggling between them. The projects are not expected to grow significantly in the near future, ...
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How to get global teams to test smoothly on a different parts of the system?

I would like to seek for your valued opinions. How do you get global teams (such as US, China, Korea, Singapore, Europe and Australia) which work on and are responsible for different parts of the ...
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Competition ideas between test teams

In my office we have several test team. Recently our organization decided to keep competitions between test teams. I look forward for the ideas to improve ourselves and compete among us to show up our ...
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How to deal with non process oriented organization?

I'm working in a organization since 3 month as an automation engineer. Sometime I feel comfortable with my work,Here my responsibilities are analyze end to end product feature, automate them, help out ...
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QA Testing Seminar Presentation - Suggestions please [closed]

QA needs technical knowledge and out-of-box creative thinking to be successful and demonstrations, meetings and presentations are critical to share knowledge and stay current. Can you suggest me some ...
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Should the SQA Team participate in delivering the product to the customer?

At my company, we don't have enough resources to hire a product owner to do this job (deliver the product to the client). Now, the PM is the responsible for this. But, if the SQA team (or one of its ...
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Who should log bugs? [closed]

In an agile environment where project priorities constantly change meeting deliverables, how healthy is the situation where bugs are logged by project members other than the actual qa member who is ...
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How do I set specific (%) QA targets on reduction in bugs for the year?

We're starting from a relatively small number of bugs currently, hence my challenge. In other words, bug slippage is currently quite low already, but I have been tasked to make it even lower. If we ...
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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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Software testing awards/certification/recognition at Team/Company Level

We are looking for certifications / awards / recognition that are awarded to the whole testing team or the company. I am not looking for individual certifications like ISTQB, etc. The purpose of ...
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What are the different roles of a sqa/sqc person at experience levels of entry/junior, mid/intermediate, and senior [duplicate]

I work in a company that creates websites. Currently, they do not have any description for the roles for the different levels (entry/junior, mid/intermediate to senior level) of sqa/sqc staff but ...