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QA Tester

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22 Mar, 2018


Software Quality Assurance or SQA is a fundamental process essential in software testing that helps maintain quality parameters for sustaining the much-anticipated customer experience. Fast releases within shorter test cycles and detecting defects in the early stages of development are the chief objectives of QA testing. In the symmetry of software and application, a QA tester is a forerunner.

The QA testers are the army of QA office because without them no goals can’t be achieved.

Following are some of the key responsibilities of a QA tester:

  • Works day and night to make a product entirely bug free and delivered as per the business’s requirement
  • Pre-scripts and pre-plans the test project in order to detect a bug before its shipment.
  • Delivers an in-time product without any delays and quality compromised
  • Identifies risks and vulnerabilities
  • Defines apt techniques, keeping in view the bug’s nature
  • Concentrates on fixing more than testing
  • Doesn’t worry about the defect rate, but focuses on devising ways to reduce the defect rising rate
  • Maintains cordial relationship with Dev guys and other team members
  • Keeps UX as the top priority
  • Provides logical analysis about further improvements

In Agile and DevOps Environments

Agile and DevOps have compacted the QA roles hardly leave any chances of mistake and ambiguity. Mostly, QA testers are the middlemen that reproduce and kill bugs because the company is wholly dependent on testers to make a defect-free product.

Delivering a bug report to the developers is not enough to complete a tester’s responsibility, it should be presented in a way that is resourceful and understandable by everyone on your team, specifically developers.

Likewise, straightforward communication is always effective as well as appreciated, whereas over-communication can become a problem in Agile teams. Because irrelevant information can cause misinterpretations and things can go wrong. Similarly, too little or less information can give rise to confusions and leave your team questioning that ultimately leads to prolonging product delivery.

Therefore, finding a balance in everything and every testing chore is crucial for an aspiring tester.

To make things easier, this blog sketches the anatomy of a perfect QA tester and the role they play in QA office:

Knows How to Break a Code!

Testers know how to put their best at testing. By “best” we aren’t referring on some superficial level. A fine QA tester knows how to crack the code and get into the baselines of the product to find any unobserved vulnerabilities.

Decision-making is a Power

A tester has a powerful mind and can make great decisions as well as choose the perfect techniques to fix a bug. S/he does not stumble upon their decisions and stick to them throughout a project’s lifecycle.

Sometimes at times, testers feel caught in a mind-stuck situation where they can’t decide if a particular entity is a bug or not. In such a case, a wise tester would partially consider it a bug and send it to the Dev team. Because they know getting accused of causing a misconfiguration is way better than shipping a faulty product.

A Good Time Management Skills

A good tester has good time management skills as s/he knows how to prioritize tasks. They make a checklist, set a target and follow it through the SDLC. They are given certain modules to test and are required to provide a rapid output. These are some casual challenges that train testers enough to prioritize their assignments and define a timeline already.

Negative in a Positive Way

You know, it is a witty trick to present negativity in a positive way. It is one of the very distinguished traits of good communication. It does not feel good when someone tells you off about your mistake harshly. A sensible QA tester knows the tactics to deliver even the worst in a very calm way. How to make a difference by adding ideas and advises instead of complaining is a fine trick by a brainy tester.

Dealing with everyone is hard, but a passive tester knows how to win the day!

A Flexible Helper

The anatomy of a tester suggests that s/he should be a flexible helper and supporter towards other team members. A good tester cares to reproduce and fix as many bugs as possible, otherwise, developers would have to do the excessive work on code reviewing.

A QA tester chooses to make things easier for its team because he expects the same.

Hence, keep these traits in mind and you will know the deeply rooted anatomy of a tester.

About the author

Victor is a software tester with a decade of experience behind him. Love to find and exterminate bugs. A technology geek and a Adventure Freak. Loves to Travel, Read & Write about different technology startups and innovations.

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