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How To get Started in Software Testing Part 2

How To Get Started In Software Testing – Part II by Tim Ebie

In part two of the series “How To Get Started In Software Testing”, I’ll outline five more areas aspiring software quality assurance engineers should focus on in order to have a thriving career in the software quality assurance space. Every building is only as strong as its foundation.

Therefore, if you haven’t read part one of this series, I highly recommend you do so before continuing further in this series. This will help give you a solid foundation as you look to launch out to in “deep” end of software testing. You can check out part one here.

Below, I’ve highlighted five key areas every aspiring software tester should consider as he or she looks to explore the world of software quality assurance.

  1. Crowdsourcing: A new shift in the software testing phenomenon is that of crowdsource based testing. Crowdsource based testing is where testers gather from different parts of the world to test applications and get paid for bugs they find. A few of the sites you can visit and join are the following:
    • utest.com: Join a crowd sourcing site like utest and learn by testing applications, mobiles apps, devices and a variety of other technologies. Here you’ll get direct hands on experience. You can access it here: http://www.utest.com
    • Weekend Test: Is a software testing platform where testers gather together to test various applications and technologies. You can access it here: http://www.weekendtesting.com
    • usertesting.com: This platform focuses more on the “look and feel” of a website or what you will call Usability testing. Basically, you sign up to be a “tester” or user and get paid $10 every time you share your thoughts out loud (it’s recorded) when navigating a website. The setup is easy and all you need is a quiet place to record and a computer/laptop. Most test take 15-20 minutes. So, the better you become and the more tests you qualify for you can tests up to three sites an hour, which can earn you about $30 an hour. One secret? Stay logged in and score high (five stars) on your practice/initial training and they’ll keep sending you tests. You can access it at www.usertesting.com

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How To get Started in Software Testing

How To Get Started In Software Testing – Part I by Tim Ebie

Jobs in technology and software are becoming more and more in demand. With the advent of cloud computing, mobile applications, IoT (Internet of Things), and newer technologies that spring up frequently, the demand for qualified and skilled technologists is quickly surpassing the supply of individuals that can fill those roles.

A recent CNN interview with Andela Co-Founder Jeremy Johnson revealed that 4 out of 5 software development jobs go unfilled in the US and “… 1.8 million open IT jobs in the US alone.” As technology and software advances, so also the need to test and verify the correctness of these systems will be necessary before passing them on to the end users. This is where software testing and software quality assurance comes in.

Looking to pursue a career in software testing is a great decision that can yield great dividends in years to come. Forbes released an article rating software quality assurance as the happiest job in America.  In part I of this series, I’ll give you five things to consider as you look to get started in this field of software testing to ensure you enjoy a rewarding and lasting career. Read more

Reading Recommendations

Reading Recommendations # 84

Long time no read. Well, I spent the last 3 weeks being on vacation from my day to day job and from the Internet itself. I wasn’t completely offline, but I reduced my time on twitter and other social networks and it was a great time reflecting my work and spending 100% of my time with my wife and son. I can highly recommend you to do the same. I already plan a longer absence around August and September this year 🙂 But let’s get back to the reading recommendations. The 84 issue of my reading recommendations contains 7 very interesting blog posts form the last weeks which I really enjoyed reading after my vacation. The topics are “Manipulating the test data”, “Pairing For Learning – Across the Team”, ” Test Coaching Competency Framework”, “Where do our flaky tests come from?”, “You Say Test I Say Check. On We Go.”, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and “Lessons learned in leading Testing CoP”.

Enjoy reading the posts and send me new ones that are worth reading and I will mention you and link to your social links or blog.

Manipulating the test data - Reading RecommendationsManipulating the test data – Mobile Automation Testing Once I started to work on a terrible project. Where all the possible mistakes were done. But I’m really thankful that it has happened, because now I know how the project shouldn’t look like. One of the learning that I took from this situation is that you should do the proper data management. The test…

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Mobile Testing Pain Points - Adventures in QA

What are your Mobile Testing Pain Points?

In this post I want to find out, what are your current mobile testing pain points? I created a very short survey with just 2 questions to gather some information from you. The goal of this short survey is to understand the current problems mobile testers have in their daily work-life. The outcome will help me to outline new blog posts that may help you in solving your problems.

Please feel free to share this survey on all known social media channels or with your colleagues.

Link to the survey

Once the survey is over, I will publish the results here and will outline upcoming blog posts.


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Reading Recommendations

Reading Recommendations # 83

This is the 83 issue of my reading recommendations contains 7 very interesting blog posts. This time with two blog posts from Katrina Clokie and Serghei Moret. “How a typo took down S3, the backbone of the internet”, “CI role in mobile automation”, “Test Leadership Breakfast”, “Android Espresso – 4 tools you should be using”, “Running parameterized jobs on Jenkins from PR on GitHub”, “So you created the best app ever?” and “How do you hire a junior tester?”.

Enjoy reading the posts and send me new ones that are worth reading and I will mention you and link to your social links or blog.

How a typo took down S3 - Reading RecommendationHow a typo took down S3, the backbone of the internet – The Verge

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