If you want to have a successful career in testing—and maybe even get beyond the day-to-day at the individual level, and improve the team or division—all you need to do is things no one else can. That means staying ahead as the industry moves on, which takes an intense and continuous investment in learning and practicing new things. Here are some suggestions for what that could look like.
When you go into a meeting, lead a project, or have to ask management for something, remember that body language, tone of voice, and facial expression are part of the package. The techniques and words are just the tip of the iceberg; under the water are motivations, fear, and anger. If you're feeling anxious or uncertain, wait until you have good energy to make a decision.
The secret to acing your next job QA interview is mastering what to say when the interviewer asks you to tell them a little about yourself. Preparation is key, so here are three important points to hit, as well as some sample scripts to modify for your own history, so that you can go into your next QA job interview with complete confidence.
How often do we talk about what we actually do when we test? Many of the test exercises out there predate the Internet and aren't as relevant anymore. This article contains some software you can play around with and use in mock test scenarios. These exercises will make you think about not only what you do when you test, but all the other skills that also go into being a tester.
While having a computer science degree will surely help with a career in programming or testing, a background in liberal arts may end up helping you more than you know, too. The liberal arts teach logic, rhetoric, and how to see the big picture, which comes in handy when you're trying to make connections in complex systems. A well-rounded education helps anyone, but particularly testers.
The testing community can be divisive. We all have various ideas about what we think is the best way to test. But it's important to get along with people who don’t hold opinions identical to yours—and maybe even participate in an exchange of ideas. One tester looks back on his early days and imparts some lessons he's learned navigating the different schools of software testing.
In the tech industry especially, you have people of many ages who need to work together. Young people are joining all the time with new ideas and ways of doing things, and this can create barriers with established employees who have more experience. Both sides need to think about where the other's coming from and focus on demonstrating value.
Saying you shouldn’t do what you love sounds crazy, doesn’t it? After all, isn’t the best-case scenario to turn your passion into a career? Not necessarily. There is an important difference between doing what you love and loving what you do. Rajini Padmanaban explains why you should keep your hobby separate from your career.
Many job descriptions include a requirement for domain expertise to filter candidates for testing jobs. But is expertise really necessary before joining a team? Does it ensure a good tester? Justin Rohrman digs into his experiences in difficult business domains, what expertise means, and how it applies to software testing.
Agile teams are self-organizing, which means they do not need supervisors—at least in theory. But they do need leaders to create a shared vision of what the product will be. And having an agile team means that anyone can step up … including you. Lanette Creamer outlines seven qualities possessed by great agile leaders.