New Years Resolutions for Testers

So what can you do differently in 2016?

Our job as testers has a rhythm to it, we work in cycles much as the seasons of the year. Sometimes it’s a long process from start to finish and other times it’s quick agile sprint or even short check following a CI build. In any case it’s a process that relapses. So what can we possibly change? Turns out a lot!

Here is a compilation of  a few points to ponder about over your holiday season.  Get back to work motivated to work better and achieve more for yourself and your team.

  1. Ask Questions before it’s too late: Don’t assume! Make sure you understand everything (the user stories, requirements, or any other information you have about the feature) before building your tests.
  2. Listen to the users (more than developers): Always consider user stories as a priority to avoid getting swept away with development implementation details. Don’t get caught up (as a priority) with issues that aren’t relevant to the user’s experience.
  3. Learn something new: decide to read and participate in testing related blogs, forums and groups on a weekly basis to expand your knowledge. It will make your job more interesting and you will be a better tester for it.
  4. Document: Don’t wait to finish testing a feature to re-create your steps. Create high-level architecture diagrams for your solution and continuously document your steps on the go for easy reference and re-use. This will save time, and make sure fewer issues get over looked.
  5. Don’t get emotionally involved: For instance when an issue you submitted is downsized from critical to “non-issue”. In general, try not to take your work critique as a personal insult. This will ensure better work place relations and will help you focus on what your are hired to do.

Do you have a resolution’s list?
I encourage you share it in a comment below, so we can all benefit.

New years resolutions

Here’s to a great year of testing, innovation and success in 2016!

 

4 Responses to New Years Resolutions for Testers

  1. Amandeep Singh December 28, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

    Some great pointers there, Maayan. One point which I can add to this list is ‘to experiment and to innovate’

    Software testing job can be as interesting as you can make it so it is very important to keep experimenting with new tools and to keep innovating.

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