Any software testing effort aims to find defects as early as possible in the software development life cycle (SDLC). The earlier defects are found, the less costly they are to fix. To achieve this goal, testers need good software testing skills. Here are seven ways to improve your software testing skills.
Learn about different types of testing
There are many different types of software testing, each designed to find defects in specific areas or to ensure specific software quality assurance attributes.All these types of testing have unique objectives and require unique test cases. Therefore, testers should learn about all these types of software testing to apply the appropriate testing types to their test cases.
Use effective test design techniques.
Test cases are based on test design techniques. Test design techniques include equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis, decision table testing, state transition testing and more. Testers should learn about these test design techniques and apply them to their test cases.
Write effective test cases.
Effective test design techniques are useless unless used to create effective test cases. Testers should know about the different types of input, preconditions, expected results, and postconditions that can be tested for each type of testing. They also need to know about different testing techniques such as equivalence partitioning and boundary value analysis.
Use effective debugging techniques.
Debugging is a software testing skill that testers need to master to find defects quickly. Testers should know about the most common bugs found in each type of defect they are likely to encounter, how they typically manifest themselves in the software, and how to find these types of bugs with effective debugging techniques.
Identify and track defects effectively.
Once testers find a defect, they need to know about different ways to identify it and track it. Testers should know about approaches such as
These are some examples of areas where testers can improve their defect tracking skills.
Evaluate and use tools for defect tracking and analysis
Most organizations find it helpful to use defect tracking tools to help them identify, track, and analyze defects found in the software they produce. Therefore, testers should know how to use these tools to benefit from them effectively.
Keep up with new trends in software testing.
Software testing is constantly evolving along with the different types of software and devices created. Therefore, testers should keep updated on new trends and technologies by reading about them, attending seminars or conferences, and participating in online communities.
Get involved in the software testing community.
The most effective way to improve your skills is to learn from others who have already mastered the different aspects of software testing. Testers can do this by attending seminars or conferences, reading blog posts from software testing experts, and participating in online communities.
Get involved in the agile community.
As software development life cycle becomes more focused on delivering working software quickly, it is becoming more important for testing efforts to keep up with this pace. Testers should try to find opportunities to get involved in agile communities where they can learn about and contribute to practices such as
These are just some suggestions on how testers can get more involved in the agile community.
Develop your career along with your skills
The best way to improve your software testing skills is to develop your career simultaneously. Testers can do this by learning from their teammates, helping them when they have doubts and asking questions.
Take the ISTQB certification exams.
The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) offers a range of international software testing certifications. Each of these exams tests different knowledge and skills related to software testing. Testers can benefit from taking these exams by
These are just some suggestions on how testers can improve their career opportunities by getting certified.
Testers need good software testing skills to find defects early as possible during the SDLC. The earlier defects are found, the less costly they are to fix. To achieve this goal, testers should work on improving their software testing skills by learning about different types of testing, using effective test design techniques, writing effective test cases, using effective debugging techniques, identifying and tracking defects effectively, evaluating and using tools for defect tracking and analysis, and keeping up with new trends in software testing.
At HikeQA, we have a team of expert Quality Assurance engineers who are well-versed in the art and science of software testing. From manual to automation testing, our testers can work on a broad array of test scores and ensure that your software products meet the highest quality standards possible.