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How can I make a smooth transition from being a Black-Box Tester to an expert Automation Engineer?

Quote:- If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way. Automated testing requires more discipline compared to manual, Learning automation is not difficult but it requires a focused and ...
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Software Tester Skill Matrix with Levels

There is no standard anything in testing. In very broad terms, all testers need to be observant and good communicators. Outside that, it depends. First, there are several broad fields of testing, ...
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Testing Automation: How effective is it to purchase automation scripts rather than developing in-house scripting capacity?

You're going to get a lot of "it depends" answers for this. Whether it's better to stay with primarily third-party automation will change depending on the quality of your third party automation ...
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What prerequisites does a tester need before testing a Machine Learning based product?

Don't worry too much about the idea of testing a product which includes machine learning algorithms - you just need to make sure that it's returning accurate results. Primarily, testing ML ...
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Testing Automation: How effective is it to purchase automation scripts rather than developing in-house scripting capacity?

A lot of this will depend on if you are getting a good return of investment from your third part testers and testing scripts. If the end result if a good regression suite with the ability to vary ...
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Testing Automation: How effective is it to purchase automation scripts rather than developing in-house scripting capacity?

All excellent answers. I will add one more thought. Several years ago I was responsible for a team in China that did a lot of software internationalization testing on the products of IBM's Tivoli ...
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Where to get feedback on my testing skills?

It is difficult to get direct feedback on testing skills, especially with regards to test techniques. I do have a couple of suggestions though: Find a testing mentor. This can be someone who has the ...
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How Can a Tester Increase his Observation Skills?

I'd suggest starting with looking at the answers to these questions: How to become a more Creative Software Tester? How can a Software Tester use "Out of the Box" thinking approach to find ...
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What professional certifications should a software test engineer get?

None, personally I have signed the professional tester's manifesto, because I think tester certifications currently do not make sense. Mainly they are to theoretical and pretty useless in the real ...
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Which is the Most Important Skill of a Great Tester?

Diplomacy The ability to tell someone they are wrong without them realizing it. You likely will have to do this in all phases and to most of the people involved on the project on a regular basis. ...
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What are the Job Responsibilities of a White Box Tester?

A white box tester openly reviews the source code. A grey box tester will typically manually verify that the code functions correctly and then review the source code. Automation engineer writes code ...
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Will getting a Software Testing Certification benefit me in my career?

I have 2 years of experience in manual testing, and I am currently learning automation testing in my spare time. Great, try and implement some of the techniques you are using in your spare time at ...
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Can Testers ask for more Salary hike if they switch to Test Automation?

Salary hike is not just about what you think you have provided. You have to ask the following questions to the situation. Can organization hire more experienced talent with much more expertise in ...
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Testing Automation: How effective is it to purchase automation scripts rather than developing in-house scripting capacity?

Both Badlands and KatePaulk gave great answers. I would simply add that for a complex application/architecture like your company's, in-house testing automation has a lot of benefits that you simply ...
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How to become a more Creative Software Tester?

You could try reading 6 hats by De Bono - 6 thinking hats or watch this video based on it and adapted to testing by Julian Harty - 6 hats video
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Software Tester Skill Matrix with Levels

I worked recently on a matrix for my team and found it to be a great exercise to refine my thoughts on testing. Here is an example topic, Defect Management. Here are a couple of images of the Skill ...
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Will getting a Software Testing Certification benefit me in my career?

What kind of certification are you talking about? You wrote something about foundation certification, I'm assuming it to be ISTQB. Well I have one of those and it didn't help me in any way. I didn'...
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What prerequisites does a tester need before testing a Machine Learning based product?

At the outset, the machine learning models have been termed as non-testable due to the absence of the test oracle. However, one could make use of pseudo oracle approach such as some of the following ...
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Can Testers ask for more Salary hike if they switch to Test Automation?

A better question might be to ask yourself "Did you add value by solving an problem important for the team/business?" When we do any activity in software development may be its ...
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What are the Job Responsibilities of a White Box Tester?

As for me - there no such role as "white box tester". It should be a programmer, who create and maintain unit tests over own code changes. If project developed in TDD model - tests and code developed ...
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How Can a Tester Increase his Observation Skills?

The problem may not be with your observation skills. It may be that you are expecting too much from them. Inattentional blindness (as described in this article by one of the original researchers - and ...
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How much SQL knowledge is needed to learn Selenium?

To automate tests in Selenium you don't need to know SQL at all. However, knowledge of SQL helps in general in testing and test automation, for instance: finding useful test data automating test ...
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What professional certifications should a software test engineer get?

It depends. If the jobs in your area that meet your skill set require certification, then you need certification. If they don't, then you don't need certification. A little more detail: ...
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Advice in Software Testing

How can I improve my skills in software testing? There are plenty of books and resources online. I have found Wikipedia is apt for covering things at high levels (search for "Software Testing" and ...
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How can I make a smooth transition from being a Black-Box Tester to an expert Automation Engineer?

Organisations now want to hire technical testers that can write automation frameworks in Selenium webdriver, Java/python and CI/CT tools etc. Well, you already know how. It just takes time and action,...
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How can I make a smooth transition from being a Black-Box Tester to an expert Automation Engineer?

so just for motivation purposes. I have been working as Testmanager and also for functional tester for many years. I am in same position like you, changed it to Automtion engineer - and surprise - at ...
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Knowing the defect (mitigating false positives)

My strategy would be the similar to when you have real defects. False positives and defects happen due to a cause, those can cover a very very broad scope and differ a lot per issue. Analyse the ...
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How much SQL knowledge is needed to learn Selenium?

None. SeleniumHQ define Selenium simply as a tool which automates browsers. You can work with Selenium without any knowledge of SQL. However, you could combine Selenium and SQL to run more ...
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What professional certifications should a software test engineer get?

In my opinion it is not important to gather certifications because it doesn't always reflect your "real skills". Because most of the foundation certificates are only a test of your theoretical ...
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How Can a Tester Increase his Observation Skills?

As sorta mentioned before assuming the role of the client is really important. Perhaps if given the opportunity find time to meet with them and find out what their role in the project will be, What ...
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