So is QA important? YES!

Jun 24th, 2019

Imagine if updating your name on an app, sends your password to all your favorite contacts. Not only can you say goodbye to your privacy, you now have to update your passwords and hope that your friends aren’t too terrible. How do we avoid minor changes from having huge impacts? By QAing for “every possibility” you can think of and then some...and then some...

QA testing is essential to any successful software development project. It is crucial in discovering defects early in the development process. The TechRepublic even considers it one of the 4 software development trends that will dominate 2019!

As a QA tester, your job will be saving your employer time, money, headaches, and feature creep (Adding a certain feature might sound great until you realize it causes something else to crash). Here are 3 things you’ll be doing as a QA tester and 3 skills to help you be even better at it. 


Developing, Documenting, and Maintaining Test Cases

 

As a QA tester, writing manual test plans, test cases, and performing test execution will be part of your day-to-day. In order to do so in a way that is easily understandable by the developers, designers, and others involved, your ability to articulate this is extremely important. 

In order for a fix to be implemented, the developers must understand exactly how to recreate the bug you’ve found. What you write and share is important and to do so, you must know how to navigate through the software.


Understand the product like the back of your hand

 

In order to properly do so, you must have a broad understanding of the product. Your ability to understand new technology is crucial to your success. Spend time understanding the product until you can run through every screen with ease. Likewise, you must spend time working with others to better that understanding.


Team up with several departments

 

You will be working with the software development, product management, design, and other departments to resolve identified issues in the software. This is crucial to both emphasizing with and thinking like the end user. 

A QA testers’ job is not just to break things, (Though that does sound fun) it’s to identify problems so that the end product is the best it can be and so that it adheres to a high standard.

What skills do you think are crucial for a great QA tester? Tweet @nytechloopand share your thoughts to help an inspiring QA tester in the #nytechloop

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