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10 Things Every New Software Tester Should Learn – Part 2

10 Things Every New Software Tester Should Learn - Part 2

Software quality can make or break a company, and mistakes made in software testing can lead to significant financial losses for the business. Software testing is currently one of the most exciting and in-demand career options in the software world.

If you’ve decided to pursue a career in software testing but aren’t sure where to begin, you’ve come to the right place ✅ In this article, we’ll go over a few things that every new software tester should be aware of. 

These tips will guide you through setting the right foundations in your journey to becoming a successful tester. You can also go back to part 1 where I listed 5 more tips. Learning these things early in your profession will set you up for success. Let’s go!

1. Thinking Critically

 

Critical thinking

To meet the needs of the customer, a tester must think like the user. It is much easier said than done. To accomplish this, testers must think beyond the obvious. They must experiment, question, think logically, explore new ideas, examine the software from many angles, and devise innovative solutions to problems.

Testers need to analyze information from various sources and reach an objective conclusion. Every JD (job description) lists critical thinking/thinking outside the box as a requirement for entry-level testers 📦 Unfortunately, neither new nor veteran testers are ever taught to think critically. Below are a few quick ideas to think critically:

  • Develop healthy skepticism
  • Challenge your assumptions 
  • Identify inconsistencies and errors in reasoning
  • Master the art of asking questions 
  • ​​Challenge the status quo
  • Play devil’s advocate with yourself
  • Look for what others have missed
  • Listen actively
  • Organize and structure your thinking
  • Identify the relationship between ideas
  • Learn to manage your unconscious bias
  • Rely on facts and data over your opinions and feelings
  • Learn about heuristics and mental models

2. Test Automation

Test Automation

As a tester, you often have to deal with tedious tests. You can make your life easier if you know how to use one automation tool. Testers are relying on test automation to improve customer experience and shorten development time for organizations. Automation tools are critical for increasing test coverage. 

Moreover, they increase confidence while keeping costs down. Automation frees testers time to focus on tasks that require creativity and human intelligence.

Nevertheless, test automation is not a silver bullet. The purpose and role of test automation are very often misunderstood. As a result, ensure you understand test automation’s limitations and set reasonable expectations.

To stay ahead of your competition, you must be familiar with the latest trends in software testing 💡 Explore free AI-powered codeless automation tools like TestProject to get started with automation with minimal coding skills. Even for those new to automation, TestProject is simple to learn and adopt.

3. Soft Skills

Software testing goes beyond testing and automating applications. New testers must understand that soft skills are just as necessary as technical skills. Soft skills are non-technical skills required for you to succeed. 

Testing involves collaboration and interaction to get the job done. Software testers frequently communicate with people outside their roles to ensure a successful release. They need to have the ability to communicate with both technical and non-technical people.

Testers need excellent written and verbal communication skills to interact with developers, managers, customers, and stakeholders in a way they can understand.

The State of Testing 2022 report highlights communication skills as one of the most essential traits testers need to succeed 📃 Communication is not the only soft skill. It’s one skill among the huge range of soft skills represented below in the word cloud:

Soft skills

Soft skills are harder to master than they appear and require deliberate practice. Learn which soft skills you excel at and which ones you need to develop. Hundreds of courses are available on online learning platforms to allow you to refine your soft skills.

4. Domain Knowledge

Testers should master their domain

The basics of testing are no longer sufficient for testers to succeed. Testers need to be subject matter experts in a specific industry or discipline. Today, testers with domain knowledge are in high demand.

person with domain knowledge can add greater value to their team by identifying defects linked to core functionality through their relevant domain knowledge, experience, and expertise 🔍 Such subject matter specialists require little time to learn similar products in the same domain and start.

Furthermore, they can understand requirements easily, provide valuable suggestions, and help their team make quick and effective decisions. Testers pursue common domains like banking, BFSI, insurance, healthcare, technology, ecommerce, telecom, pharma, and so on.

You can find several tutorials, articles, and videos online to gain domain knowledge. However, ​​domain knowledge is best acquired through experience. Another way to improve your domain knowledge is to consult experts in a particular domain. They can provide you with the reliable information you need.

5. Engage With Software Testing Communities

Testing communities can help improve a new software tester's skills

Communities offer an environment for people to grow. Communities provide opportunities to network and make connections that can help you advance your career 💹 Being part of software testing communities lets you stay up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies.

A community allows you to connect with thousands of testers worldwide to share ideas, learn from each other, and grow together. Diversity leads to many different perspectives, resulting in a broader understanding of any discussed topic.

Additionally, communities offer courses, webinars, blogs, conferences, meetups, events, and other ways to learn from experts. Fortunately, many wonderful communities within the testing industry are devoted to helping software testers advance and grow in their careers.

Conclusion

Learning never stops. Regardless of your experience level, you should always strive to learn and improve your skills continually. Your passion to learn will help you grow in your career and advance as a tester 🚀

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About the author

Prashant Hegde

Prashant Hegde is a passionate testing leader. He is experienced in building and leading high-performing teams. Prashant heads the QA team at MoEngage, a leading insights-led customer engagement platform. Prashant enjoys sharing his experiences by contributing to software testing communities worldwide. Prashant is an avid blogger and a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

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