43 votes

Can a Manual Tester survive in software industry without learning Automation?

There will always be smart technical people who do not like to code. There will always be ways of taking advantage of their talents. I'm a coder. And I love my manual tester. She sees the world ...
user avatar
28 votes
Accepted

What should Testers do if they are not able to find good defects in the product?

Testing no longer means testing Confused? We can imagine! The purpose of testing used to be fairly clear–“Testing is the process of executing a program with the intent of finding errors”. ...
user avatar
27 votes

What should Testers do if they are not able to find good defects in the product?

I'd like to address the reporting aspect of the question. You say... I just keep on writing excellent test cases and executing them, but then I don't have anything to show to the management. ...
user avatar
  • 381
26 votes
Accepted

Who is responsible for pinpointing bugs?

If request sounds reasonable (which includes taking into account my other priorities), I would spend some more time researching. If not reasonable, I will respond "sorry this is the best I can", and ...
user avatar
19 votes

Can a Manual Tester survive in software industry without learning Automation?

Test automation can NEVER replace manual testing. One classic argument is test automation can never catch random bugs that can be caught via manual exploratory testing. I have had two colleagues in ...
user avatar
  • 9,720
18 votes
Accepted

How should a tester deal with a bug found in production?

There will always be bugs that get past a tester and land in production. I have even had bugs that where in my face, we researched it, thought it was a fluke, because we couldn't reproduce it and then ...
user avatar
17 votes

Good practices to audit test automation code

As others have said: code review. It is not uncommon for code like assert true == true to be used as a placeholder during test automation development (I personally would use assert true == false or ...
user avatar
  • 30.8k
14 votes

Who is responsible for pinpointing bugs?

It depends. As Joe Strazzere explained, it is a matter of discussion between devs and testers. The question is what factors to consider in such a discussion. I think Danny R. Faught explained that ...
user avatar
  • 10.4k
12 votes

Can a Manual Tester survive in software industry without learning Automation?

Can a Manual Tester survive in software industry without learning Automation? Survive - Yes, but be valuable and desirable on a job market in the long run - No. Let me expand on this thought. You ...
user avatar
  • 11.4k
11 votes
Accepted

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, ...
user avatar
  • 30.8k
11 votes

Can a Manual Tester survive in software industry without learning Automation?

Short answer: it depends, but in my opinion: YES. Long answer: it depends... on the company, projects, and business. As a senior test analyst, you possess all the necessary strengths that make a ...
user avatar
  • 5,834
11 votes
Accepted

Senior management expected bug discovery rate to match their expectation

There's not enough data for any trend to be clear. You found ~26 bugs in the last half of May. You found ~27 bugs in the first half of June. If the bug discovery rate keeps going like this, you're ...
user avatar
  • 226
10 votes
Accepted

How to deal with Automation team if not all members are sound in scripting

No matter what else you do, you will need your team lead's approval before you act. I recommend that you take some proposals to your team lead, after you have done the following: Measure skill ...
user avatar
  • 30.8k
9 votes
Accepted

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 ...
user avatar
9 votes

Who is responsible for pinpointing bugs?

Many companies I've worked for shared a policy... ...and that policy is: Testers are free to consult with developers while attempting to characterize, isolate or reproduce anomalous behavior. Once a ...
user avatar
8 votes

One repo or separate repos?

It depends. Right now you might not see much need for a single repository design. Later, you may find your opinion changes. You might want to use a single repository if you need to keep your ...
user avatar
  • 30.8k
8 votes

Can a Manual Tester survive in software industry without learning Automation?

You will probably be okay for the next five to ten years, but I think that after that our programming practices might be so refined that you'll struggle to catch bugs that won't be noticed by the ...
user avatar
  • 436
8 votes
Accepted

What are the signs of an understaffed QA team?

I will answer this question with Agile iterations in mind. (An iteration could be a full Sprint or a single-user-story-cycle if you do Kanban or swarming.) The QA department is understaffed when: ...
user avatar
8 votes
Accepted

Detecting observation skills during an interview

Great Question As per my experience, it's very difficult to get a right employee who has very good judgment, sharp focus, attention & great observation skills. Earlier it was very difficult to ...
user avatar
8 votes

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 +...
user avatar
  • 2,442
7 votes

Senior management expected bug discovery rate to match their expectation

There is a gap in communication between you and your senior management. Personally, I do not think senior management take the first bug discovery diagram too seriously. It is merely an idealistic ...
user avatar
  • 9,720
7 votes

Senior management expected bug discovery rate to match their expectation

Some bugs may take days to track down and report correctly (to be reproducible). And if bug is not reproducible, bug report is worthless. Tell your management: "be careful what you ask for: you will ...
user avatar
7 votes

Who is responsible for pinpointing bugs?

But, what are the general ways to avoid having or deal with such conflicts keeping the relationship between the teams healthy and productive? Both QA management and Development management must ...
user avatar
6 votes

How to differentiate myself from other Testers in the team?

Apart from obvious activities like test data creation, test case execution, bug reports...what other initiatives can a QA engineer , take which will help raise his value to the project/Client. ...
user avatar
6 votes

What should Testers do if they are not able to find good defects in the product?

My testing motto has always been this. "The purpose of testing is to reduce the risk of implementation." I have always found that when a testing organization is graded simply on the number of bugs ...
user avatar
6 votes

Good practices to audit test automation code

Review test automation code. Run each automated test at least once before you write the code it will test. (Of course, this means you'll have to write the test code before you write the code it will ...
user avatar
  • 4,440
6 votes

How to set up a Testers Guild

For a QA guild I would consider some of the following: Book clubs Brown Bags Lunch and Learns Demos to non-guild members Rewards, awards and presents Internal Testing Conference Day External ...
user avatar
5 votes

What should Testers do if they are not able to find good defects in the product?

In addition to the other answers, it would seem important to me that you find out IF you are actually letting bugs slip through. The way you write this would make it seem the software is up and ...
user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

How to assess QA employee performance?

Is is quite hard to assess the productivity of a QA engineer. It's easy to try and use things like 'time spend at the workplace', 'number of bugs found', 'certifications', etc. The problem is that ...
user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

Good practices to audit test automation code

Code review will do it. Management, senior managers need to be aware of the value of having a review. They have to actively allow effort and time for reviews. This is normally the hardest part. Some ...
user avatar
  • 9,720

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible