Beating the Average Software QA Tester : Strategies for Improving your Software Testing Skills

A good professional Software Tester is someone who never stops learning; they always have an insatiable thirst for knowledge.

Software technology changes quickly. As a result, we need to continuously keep learning new technologies, frameworks, and techniques. This remains one of the most rewarding aspects of the profession. Software testers able to keep up with these changes are worth their weight in gold to most IT companies.

Betica is a technology solutions provider specializing in Software Quality Assurance. We strive to provide superior customer service through our fast, detailed, and accurate software testing. We are proud of our procedures, which allowed us to establish a strong QA team made up of skilled professionals surpassing the industry average.

What follows are some traits necessary for becoming an excellent QA professional:

Always ask WHAT IF

What would happen if I do it this way?
What if the User is not familiar with the system and tried a different approach?

It is important to always ask this question: “What if?” Sure, following test cases is a vital part of the QA process. However, a good tester would not limit themselves to executing only what is written in the test cases.

Ensuring Quality and Quantity

These are the 1000 issues to be verified today”.

A good QA tester must know if the given tasks are achievable within the deadline. If not, they should be assertive to ask for an acceptable timeline to finish the task without sacrificing the quality of the result.

In Betica, we prioritize the quality and quantity of our work output. We are fully committed to provide high-quality services that will meet or exceed the requirements of our clients.

Think like a Customer

As Betica’s Core Value, we place ourselves in the customer’s shoes. Customers have a problem that needs a solution, we explore options on how to solve it, respect their choice and then help them achieve it. 

Effective Communication

Effective communication is a fundamental aspect of the software QA process. In Betica, we have competent QA testers with strong communication skills in order to work according to the client’s requirement and to be able to interact with other team members and clients.

Clear communication will enhance productivity by minimizing errors and reducing the time spent from retesting.

Practice Good Documentation

Documentation is an essential part of the software QA process. Testers are responsible for writing test documents, reporting bugs, and notifying the team about any issues through email. This will make the testing process easy and organized.

Good documentation should contain correct, complete, current, and consistent information so that the whole team can effectively execute their tasks.

Make the Right Decisions

A story was once told about a successful Bank President being interviewed by a reporter:

“Sir, what is the secret of your success?” a reporter asked a bank president.
“Two words.”
“And, sir, what are they?”
“Good decisions.”
“And how do you make good decisions?”
“One word.”
“And sir, what is that?”
“Experience.”
“And how do you get Experience?”
“Two words.”
“And, sir, what are they?”
“Bad decisions.”

The moral of this story is that there is nothing wrong with making mistakes as long as you learn from them, and use that newfound wisdom to make the right decision in the future.

These are the traits for providing the best QA service for our clients. In order to beat the average software QA tester, you must apply any or all of the traits in your day-to-day QA tasks. This will increase your chances to have a successful career as software QA tester.

Betica Technology Solutions Limited Approved as an Accredited Test Facility by the Isle of Man Gambling Commission

Betica Technology Solutions Limited announces the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission’s approval for their software testing facility. A new milestone for the company, Betica Technology will continue to successfully apply their proven delivery model for eGaming functional and non-functional testing and audit services.

 Manila, Philippines – March 23, 2016 – Offering skilled quality assurance and auditing services, Betica Technology Solutions Limited announces their recent approval as an Accredited Software Testing Facility by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission. Now, Betica Technology Solutions can assist gaming operators, who hold a license in the Isle of Man, with their expertise in the eGaming industry.

In addition to regulating land-based gambling, the Gambling Supervision Commission regulates online gambling activities to keep the industry crime free. Protecting those at risk, the commission approves gaming software testing companies who will ensure that the services offered by license holders are fair. The watchdog organization also endorses testing companies that do all they can to ensure players receive their true winnings.

“Betica brings to the table a comprehensive software testing approach to help operators comply with regulations. Doing business with license holders for gaming software, whether it is for large or small companies, is an opportunity to show our strong links with international gaming authorities and regulators. Our testing services extend to web, mobile and back-office application testing, so we are a full-service agency happy to simplify the process for our clients.” said Vicente Torrejon, Director at Betica Technology Solutions Limited.

Betica offers functional application testing as well as test automation services and performance testing. With contacts in international gambling that include gaming authorities and regulators, the company assists key international corporations with their quality assurance and regulatory needs.

For more information visit www.betica.com.

About Betica Technology Solutions Limited:

Betica Technology Solutions Limited was founded in 2011 and is a leading provider specialising in Software Quality Assurance, Regulatory Compliance Services and Software Development. With headquarters in Asia, the company’s Software Development Center and ISO 17025:2005 Software Testing Laboratory uniquely positions them to deliver high-quality and cost-effective end-to-end technology solutions and services.

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Director, Betica Technology Solutions Limited
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The Changing QA Process in a DevOps World

There’s no denying that the advent of the Agile and DevOps methodologies have changed the way software gets written. DevOps, with its emphasis on collaboration and communication, especially fits in today’s fast-paced business world. Many enterprises now aspire to a continuous deployment model so new features or bug fixes don’t have to wait a few weeks before making it into production.

So how does a faster software development process affect Quality Assurance? Are QA engineers now stuck in meetings most of the day with minimal time to actually test software? What follows is a look at the changing process of QA in this era of DevOps.

Software Development: One Process and One Team

At many enterprises, the executive team perceives the task of software development as being performed by one group, even if legacy methodologies like the Waterfall are still in use. The distinction between separate software engineering, QA, and network administration teams doesn’t matter to them. With DevOps, this perception finally becomes a bit closer to reality with everyone working closely together towards the common goal of rapid software delivery.

For the QA role to succeed in the world of DevOps, automation and a robust set of tools to support the testing process are vital. This allows the QA engineer to accomplish more within an 8-hour day that now includes additional interaction with developers, network engineers, and business analysts.

Their ultimate goal is to find defects as quickly and as early in SDLC as possible. Continuous and automated software deployment in today’s business world makes the concept of a software release schedule almost seem quaint by comparison.

Automation is a Key for QA in the DevOps Era

Being able to automate the software testing process helps QA operate at the faster speed necessary in the DevOps era. Leveraging automation also speeds up the software build process — at the developer, QA, and production release levels.

Additionally, if the development staff follows TDD (test-driven development) principles, their unit tests will catch many programming defects, allowing QA personnel to direct a portion of their efforts towards other aspects of software or system quality. This is one example of how DevOps forces team members to share responsibility for the overall product, instead focusing on what used to be their own specific area.

In DevOps, QA can now serve a role as a final arbiter for overall system and process quality, a point emphasized by Carl Schmidt, CTO for Unibounce. “I’m of the mindset that any change at all (software or systems configuration) can flow through one unified pipeline that ends with QA verification. In a more traditional organization, QA is often seen as being gatekeepers between environments. However, in a DevOps-infused culture, QA can now verify the environments themselves, because now infrastructure is code,” said Schmidt.

So migrating to a DevOps methodology doesn’t make QA go away. In fact, with additional responsibilities on their plate, QA engineers depend on state of the art tools to accomplish more tasks at a faster rate. Ensuring quality throughout the process — including software delivery — is the ultimate goal.

In the upcoming weeks, we’ll look more closely at some of the tools used by QA personnel to help them do their jobs — whether on an Agile or DevOps project as well as any other software development methodology.