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7 Easy Ways To Be An Efficient Software Tester

Software testing is often chaotic.

Anyone who has been working in the field for any extent of time has experienced an unreasonable lack of organization, poor scheduling, and daunting bug reports.

Working through this mess is a task of its own. The best way to avoid this situation is to create order in your own habits. If you can create a common and consistent order for any work you touch, then you will set an example for your colleagues.

What Makes A Good Tester

A successful tester should have key traits such as meticulous attention to detail, a curious and creative mindset, strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, effective communication and collaboration skills, as well as patience, persistence, and a deep commitment to quality.

But probably most important at all, in order to succeed as a good tester, you must focus on efficiency. An efficient software tester can not only find more critical bugs, but they can contribute more of their energy to help their team.

So how do you become a better software tester and improve your testing skills?

Here are seven tips to improve your software testing efficiency.

Improve Your Testing Skills In 7 Steps

 1. Organize everything

Organize your testing details

If you do not have a method to store this information, then you will miss important details. Details that could end up saving you hours of your time.

People are communicating through multiple mediums. It’s easy for a message to slip through the cracks. You’ve been there. You’re talking with your test lead and they insist that they made a request weeks ago, but you don’t understand what they’re talking about.

It’s good practice to keep all of your important communication in one place. You will need to revisit information exchanged between you and members of your team. You will do your future self a favor by making it accessible.

2. Write detailed bug reports

If you write clean and detailed bug reports then you will do everyone on your team an enormous favor.

There are three points I would like to stress here.

  • Write with detail
  • Write with clarity
  • Write for others

The people who will read your bug reports will not understand or see what you did to expose that bug. When you write in detail, you allow the rest of your team and the developers to save an enormous amount of time by not having to guess any part of your environment.Detailed bug report

When you write in detail, it’s easy to write too much. It’s imperative you write only what is necessary. You don’t need to have a conversation inside your bug report.

3. Write clear test cases

The efficiency of your entire team depends on being able to write clear test cases. Much like writing clear bug reports, when you write clear test cases, this makes the work of the developers and other testers easier.

Don’t create long test cases. When you add more steps to a test case, you increase the probability of someone on your team failing to execute a task. Experience shows that the optimal length of a test case is between 3-8 steps.

4. Take part and communicate

Testing is a team effort. You’ll find keeping everyone in the loop from the beginning will save an enormous amount of time down the line.

Your goal is to make sure everyone involved in the project has a solid understanding of the application. When everyone understands what the application entails, testers can effectively cover the test cases.

Communicate with the test lead or manager to allow testers to be involved in the decision making meetings. Giving testers access to early knowledge will allow them to prepare early test environments. This will avoid any unforeseen issues, preventing any delays or risks while also being cost-effective.

5. Ask yourself questions

Ask yourself what question your tests are answering. Your testing techniques are a vault of answers. Once you understand what the question is, you just need to pick which answer makes the most sense.

When you create a process, you end up reaching your desired result faster. Filter the techniques that make little sense and apply the ones that do. If those don’t work then you can go back and try the less obvious techniques.

6. Be positive

be a positive tester

If you test an app without an expectation to find any bugs, then you will not find any. No app is flawless and you are well aware of that.

There are an innumerable amount of situations which can break an app. By telling yourself from the beginning you will uproot that elusive critical bug, you’ll end up finding other bugs in the process and ignite a spark to your colleagues.

When you test with a positive attitude, your teammates notice. When your teammates notice, they will follow you. Again, you are only as efficient as your team. When you excite your team to work harder, you improve your team’s software testing efficiency.

7. Don’t test

Contrary to popular belief, one of the most important steps to take to become an efficient software tester in a project is to not test at all at the start.

Instead, take a moment and play with the app. Figure out what the app’s goals are. When you understand what the goal of the app is, you’ll be able to understand the goal of each individual feature. When you understand the details intricate details of the app then you will be able to plan a very efficient and effective test case strategy.

When your goals as a tester align with the goals of the app, you will be able to deliver tremendous results.

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If you want to become better at software testing and improve your skills, follow these 7 tips:

  1. Organize everything
  2. Write detailed bug reports
  3. Write clear test cases
  4. Take part and communicate
  5. Ask yourself questions
  6. Be positive
  7. Don’t test
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