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1 Nov, 2017


Happy Halloween everyone! Bet you all are preparing yourselves to face your biggest fear element or judging if your attire is frightening enough to freak out others.

But, here’s the other side of fear – it isn’t just the ghosts and deep seas that can scare a human being, but the 0s and 1s in a row can also freeze the brain of a person we call computer geeks! Let’s get straight to the point and highlight what the greatest fears of a Software Tester are.

A Software Tester is like a gatekeeper of quality who responsibly keeps the software quality in check, and makes sure to eliminate any bugs and errors from the structures of a software and application using QA testing tools.

Read on to identify those 5 nightmares that can tighten the muscles of testers when running through the grooves of software development:

Automation – a Nightmare!!!

Automation is just a word, though it still sounds like a nightmare to some testers. Automation is significantly crucial to bring out pre-scripted tests on any software applications and one cannot just run from it. QA testing tools are a great aid in achieving the goal of automated software testing. However, testers have frequent questions like “how am I going to get through this brain shaking thing?” why is it time taking?” or “when is this process coming to an end?”

Well, the learning process is the only way a tester can make progress alongside the innovations happening around instead of drowning in the unknown-yet-known fears.

Responsiveness, But Why?

As a tester, you are not only responsible for being responsive to your duties, but ensuring that the application’s responsiveness is error-free. We all know how smartphones have taken over our lives and seeking shortcuts is becoming our routine.  For this purpose, any website or application needs to be robustly designed with a user-friendly interface for anytime, anywhere access on the mobile screens, and QA testing tools offer the best features needed to check the test scenarios to ensure that all is going smooth and in flow.

Doing the important work, testers have to validate that the web design is ably supporting different browsers and platforms and verify that it retains the look as it does on a desktop. If it doesn’t, it goes back for development.

Maybe You Are Overdoing it?

Overdoing the reviews of those documented test scenarios is what we’re pointing at! Once you are done testing and scrutinizing the performance of the assigned documented test scenarios and have delivered them for final reviews, your job here is complete. Don’t be over-conscious and go on reviewing it again because it is only going to cause you anxiety! Blow away that fear, geeks!

Don’t Feel Blamed!

One of the worst fears of a tester is getting into trouble by making a mistake. Although, the duty of a QA tester is to do legitimate work by finding any glitches, issues, and identify bugs in the product, stressing over making mistakes will only null all the efforts. Less focus and worrying about getting blamed will end up making your technical efforts ineffective.

The SDLC comprises of phases of development that is achieved with the co-operation of developers, project and test managers, and QA specialists. Communication among the team can fill the gap to executing a well-devised testing methodology, ensuring that the quality of the end-product remains uncompromised.

Internet Explorer or Boogeyman?

Seriously, it’s that dreadful for Testers! While Cross-browser testing, the only browser which is prone to bother a tester is the Internet Explorer. No matter how the design and the view look on other browsers like Firefox or Google Chrome, the Internet Explorer will always be an exceptional problem in the screenshot comparison tests.

Why be scared, it is just a browser and one that holds a major percentage in the market too.

Not-so-decent Reporting

Reporting is an essential part in QA testing that is created after brainstorming through all the nitty gritty. A QA report includes visual reporting, screenshots, analyses, feedbacks, and most of all, the details on cross-browser testing. Well-monitored testing and reporting can bring out an effective understanding of the product to the entire team, allowing them to suggest whatever changes are needed. This helps everyone to stay on the same page.

Have I missed something?” It is this fear that disrupts a tester’s ability to get the job done right.

This Halloween, let’s tear down every fear of getting bit by a software bug because after reading this article, a QA tester would be firmly geared up to work through these nightmares. Happy Testing!

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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