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Should bugs found by exploratory test methods be taken against QA?

I think the first big problem here is the attempt to assign blame. In accident reports, the FAA doesn't start with who to blame, they start with what went wrong and what were the causal factors. ...
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What are valid bugs

Take a deep breath step back and look at the big picture Talk to folks / your boss about standards. Have a meeting. Agree on standards including items such as special characters. Take short term ...
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How do you determine that your project's quality has increased over time?

A good starting point is to define what quality means in your context. And then find out ways how to measure it. It seems you want to measure something without saying what that something is. Having ...
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When does the testing phase start in a project

When a new project development starts in an organization when does the testing role come in? It depends. It depends on the company, industry, development approach, etc. Two commonly referred to ...
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What are valid bugs

One of the Context-Driven Testing principles is: The product is a solution. If the problem isn’t solved, the product doesn’t work. Another way to say this is that software should work for its ...
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Should bugs found by exploratory test methods be taken against QA?

There can be a several reasons for test cases for bugs found later during exploratory testing not being identified during the project planning phase. Couple of them may be, Testers are humans. To err ...
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So I have missed a BUG and passed a test case

Just to add on to Michael's answer, The thought that 'I' messed up something helps you in realising what went wrong and the realisation that Glad I made the mistake so that I can make sure I won't ...
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Should bugs found by exploratory test methods be taken against QA?

First, the previous answers are good and bring up different view points to consider. I agree that management shouldn't be finding ways to blame QA for missing bugs or finding bugs in unexpected, ...
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What is the role of QA in testing an application having MicroServices architecture?

Unlike a monolithic application where you have a single point of test (more or less) in microservice you will have to test each service separately. I would suggest to consider the following points ...
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What approach do we need to follow for projects without a test environment?

This depends on what kind of limitations you are experiencing. You can come up with virtualization. This will let you run several environments in a single host.You can also approach with ...
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Is checking web content for typos and spelling mistakes part of QA or testing?

I'm always on the lookout for grammar and spelling errors - purely because we're here to assure quality, and typo's aren't professional. It's usually not the developer's fault because they just copy +...
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How can a software tester improve their note-taking skills while doing exploratory testing?

It really comes down to who is consuming the information contained in your notes and what that information will be used for. If your testing found a bug, for example, you would likely want to write up ...
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Should only Software Testers be blamed for serious production defects?

Feeling guilty doesn't help your company ship higher-quality software. Instead of feeling guilty, use those escaped defects as signals about what you could learn next. It sounds like it would help ...
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What approach do we need to follow for projects without a test environment?

If your current Agile practices and approaches are: Some projects are Agile where continuous feedback from client will be coming, and the developers need to work on the existing item if it's in ...
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What are good practices for improving quality in a project new to me?

Start with understanding what works: What data is valid ? What data is used ? What is successful ? What are the variations ? What are the users like ? What are the long term business goals ? What are ...
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How can I improve Jira ticket Hygiene (content detail)?

Avoid trying to direct people to change as it often backfires Instead, use some or all of the following techniques: Ensure there is a healthy and robust discussion of testing during the initial ...
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So I have missed a BUG and passed a test case

Welcome to Humanity Admit the failure, feel bad briefly, move on. It's hard being human with all the biological reasons behind many of our behaviors. You will be ok if you start practicing the ...
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Should bugs found by exploratory test methods be taken against QA?

I think your tittle can also read "should we blame QA for finding bugs?", to which I hope no one replies yes, although I'm not so certain about the management in your organisation. You got ...
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When does the testing phase start in a project

I lean toward involving Test from the beginning. When building something, if you don't support ways of testing it from the beginning, you end up having to rip it up and add that later. This hurts ...
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When does the testing phase start in a project

Testers have a role in every phase of a project (be it waterfall, iterative, or full on agile): Project planning - ensuring proper consideration is given to procuring and setting up of test ...
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What is the correct format to send a QA pass email to developer?

I never heard of any formal artifact of that name but if you go with a simple test report I imagine you should be fine. Just write down what (exactly) was tested, where you tested what you found, what ...
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What to do when QA team has no test case documentation?

Mindmap all the high-level features of the application together with business owners. Go over the map with stakeholders (e.g users, developers, managers, and sponsors). Do a risk assessment with some ...
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How can a software tester improve their note-taking skills while doing exploratory testing?

Should we take notes in a simple text file or should we take it in a fancy Excel sheet? I am used to carrying a notebook with me, it's my childhood practice. I believe as a human being I can't ...
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How do you determine that your project's quality has increased over time?

For me it is about measurable faster delivery of valuable features, while reducing downtime of functionality. I think good products and teams go faster and faster overtime. This might be different ...
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What questions would help one learn from an experienced QA professional?

I would be curious to learn: How does one formulates test strategy for an given complex business critical application supporting multiple platforms and consists of complex technology layers ? Also in ...
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What qualities and skills one must develop to project himself as a dynamic QA manager or Lead?

There are some qualities a QA Lead/manager should possess like Determining, negotiating and agreeing on in-house quality procedures Knowledge of standards and specifications Customer ...
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How to come up from the guilt when someone find bug in UAT/Production?

Guilt comes easy. The only thing to do is learn from your mistakes. There are a few things to do whenever a bug slips past: Figure out when it was introduced. Some bugs may have been in the system ...
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How to align dev and test development for regressions?

If I understand the situation correctly, then either (1) you're promoting the test code into master before the production code, or (2) your regression test suite includes tests that are not yet in ...
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Should only Software Testers be blamed for serious production defects?

Directly answering your question: NO,(serious) defects found after the release are not the fault of the tester alone! Any company thinking that way is a company I would leave ASAP. Having said that: ...
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Interview Preparation

Just be yourself. They asked you to the final round, so they see potential in you. Swamping yourself with more topics and information might overwhelm you more than it benefits. The interviewers will ...
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