How big an issue is “Recognition” within the team or organisation?

Pretty big in my opinion! Nothing can boost staff morale more than being recognised among their peers for their contribution or outstanding performance. Trust me! I have tried using both monetary and recognition as incentives. I have managed to get a group of my permanent staff a significant salary increase! Yes, the initial kudos from…

Don’t Blame Testing, it is an IT Issue

How many times have we heard below in meetings after a release? Why did Testing not find this defect? Why did Testing find this defect so late? Yes, there were environment issues. But why didn’t Testing finish on time? Yes, the code quality was poor. But why didn’t Testing find all the defects? People attending…

Requirements Gathering – Lessons Learnt from IT Perspective

One of the key complaints when working on a project is that requirements are not explained properly or at times completely ignored or missed. Let it be the development team or the test team or the technical support team, each team depends on the business requirements document to complete their software development lifecycle (SDLC) process. So…

Push back against knowledge sharing within an Organization

How many times have you encountered an issue that required an Subject Matter Expert (SME) assistance? Many I would presume! But what if the SME was on leave or busy or was simply not available to answer your question? You wish the info that you needed was documented somewhere so that you can look it…

Part 1: Selenium Web Driver Automation for ASP.NET webpage

The testing industry is slowly coming to the realisation that the role of a tester will be more technical in future. Gone will be the days where tester focuses only on black and white box testing. With the adoption of DevOps model, the line that separates tester from other technical resources will slowly disappear. A…

Why do requirements fail in Testing?

As a Test Manager, I feel let down when requirements fail in testing due to being missed in the solution design. This not only adds to added expenditure for the test team, but the solution also has to be reworked to accommodate the missing requirement, thereby warranting additional re-test. So….is it the developer’s fault that…

Agile in Private and Public Sector: To Be or Not To Be

  If you have never heard of the buzzword “Agile” before, then you must have been living in Mars! This is what every Manager wants to have, but not everyone can actually pull it off in its true sense. Being a big supporter of agile technology, I have found the experience of implementing agile methodology…

Ego: Is it Good for a Tester?

Have you ever encountered the following? Raised a defect. But developer rejected the defect. You are sure that the defect is correct as the requirements do not match the Business Requirement Document (BRD). The developer is adamant and so are you. You reach a stalemate! You believe the requirement is wrong. But both BA and…

Surviving the Release Date

Those of you who are in the software testing industry, would have experienced this. You have worked long hours to meet a release deadline. Everything you have done has passed. All boxes have been ticked. All defects have been closed. All results have been stored in common repository. Test Summary Report has been issued and…

Developing Application without requirements: Pitfalls for Testing

Just like life, you may at times end up testing an application that has not been developed as per approved requirements. In fact, I have come across scenarios where business has provided some broad outlines and developer has gone ahead and applied his/her own interpretation of the requirements. The beauty about waterfall method of SDLC…