WOMEN TESTERS – 2nd Anniversary edition

WOMEN TESTERS – JULY 2016 – 9th EDITION

July 2016 edition of Women Testers is brought to you by the team of Women Testers and in association with Testing Circus.

This edition features guest editorial by Alison Wade, President at Techwell and founder of Women who Test.

We have brought to you articles from these test practitioners. Download your copy today of this e-magazine whose readership spans across 40 countries, the top 5 representation of our subscribers are based out of USA, India, UK, Australia and Canada respectively. Thank you readers for your continued readership.

5 Challenges in Software Test Management by Farzeen Abbas

Creating Positive Experiences on Mobile Apps by Parimala Hariprasad (http://curioustester.blogspot.com/)

Dog Show Quality by James Lyndsay (http://blackboxpuzzles.workroomprds.com/)

How Albina Wrecked my Tester Evaluation Method by James Bach (http://www.satisfice.com/blog/)

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Womentesters second anniversary edition

Journey towards Performance Analytics & Prediction by Ramya Ramalinga Moorthy

User Story Traceability by Mahalakshmi Devi

Do write to us at editor@womentesters.com and share your article for the upcoming edition of Women Testers by September 10th, 2016

Thank you for your awesomeness authors and for the timely submissions. And Testing Circus for your continued inspiration and patronage.

Download your copy of women testers today and those of you who wish to write for the future editions of the e-magazine download the article template here. For any feedback on this edition, do write to us at editor@womentesters.com

What’s new in the testing world? CAST comes to Sydney! Answer to the call for papers by October 15, 2016.  Follow CAST2016 Twitter feeds as it happens here – https://twitter.com/AST_News. Courtesy: AST and Claire Moss

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Co-ordinator and Editor
Jyothi Rangaiah

WOMEN TESTERS – APRIL 2016 EDITION

WOMEN TESTERS – APRIL 2016 – 8th EDITION

The cover page of the 8th edition of women testers e-magazine is designed by Abhimanyu Tadwalkar
The cover page of the 8th edition of women testers e-magazine is designed by Abhimanyu Tadwalkar

April 2016 edition of Women Testers is brought to you by the team of Women Testers which includes Jyothi Rangaiah and Paul Seaman and in association with Testing Circus.

In this edition we have brought to you the following articles by veteran and newbie testers:

The art of asking questions by Karen N Johnson

What Questioning Means to a Testing Newcomer by Amanda Halvordsson
Who? When? What? Which? Why? Where? How? by Fake Software Tester
Color Psychology by Parimala Hariprasad
Comparing Car Inspection to Testing by Tuula Pääkkönen
My Experiment With Lean Testing by Mohit Verma
An interview – Women Leadership in Testing Arena with Renu Rajani
Upsurge in Savvy Performance Analysis Tools Leading to Enigmatic Trend by Ramya Ramalinga Moorthy
The guest editorial as you noticed is authored by Paul Seaman

Do write to us at editor@womentesters.com and share your article for the upcoming edition of Women Testers by June 10th 2016.

Thank you for your awesomeness authors and for the timely submissions. And Testing Circus for your continued inspiration and patronage.

Download your copy of women testers today and those of you who wish to write for the future editions of the e-magazine download the article template here. For any feedback on this edition, do write to us at editor@womentesters.com

Co-ordinator and Editor
Jyothi Rangaiah

WOMEN TESTERS – JANUARY 2016 EDITION

WOMEN TESTERS – JANUARY 2016 EDITION

WTJAN2016January 2016 edition of Women Testers is brought to you by the team of Women Testers and in association with Testing Circus.

In this edition we have brought to you the following articles by veteran and newbie testers:

Learning, Evaluating and Testing with Usability Heuristics by Dolly Pente

My Journey Starting a Career in Tech authored by Meglena Ivanova
My Year of Lessons for Aspiring Speakers authored by Maaret Pyhäjärvi
Relationship between Attending Conferences & Motivation authored by Jean Ann Harrison
Women Who TEST authored by Alison Wade
My First Step from Teaching to Mentoring authored by Martin Nilsson
It’s On My List – One Piece of the Quality Jigsaw authored by Paul Seaman

Do write to us at editor@womentesters.com and share your article for the upcoming edition of Women Testers by March 10th 2016.

Thank you for your awesomeness authors and for the timely submissions. And Testing Circus for your continued inspiration and patronage.

Wishing all our readers a HAPPY NEW YEAR where you get you learn, experiment, question often, find an optimal solution to an existing or a new problem, share your wisdom with other testers and more. Let this year bring out the thinking tester in us and let each of us learn and share together. Download your copy of women testers today.

Co-ordinator and Editor
Jyothi Rangaiah

WOMEN TESTERS – OCTOBER 2015 EDITION

WOMEN TESTERS – OCTOBER 2015 EDITION

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October 2015 edition of Women Testers is brought to you by the team of Women Testers and in association with Testing Circus.

In this edition we have bought to you the following articles:
A guest post on Mindmapping essentials written by Dhanasekar Subramaniam

A co-authored post on Stress And Work written by Annie Rydholm and Paul Seaman

Parimala Hariprasad writes about her research on Competitor Analysis
Rikke Simonsen shares her experiences about Making The Transition From Manual To Automated Testing
A first timer at Women Testers Alexandra Schladebeck has shared a write-up on Some Words About Words
If you have liked reading about Testing in the Cloud – Part II written by Nitika Katiyar in our previous edition, this edition has the final part of this article.

Yes, Call For Papers is now open for NULLCON 2016.

We look forward to reading and sharing your new learning experiences while you are at these software testing conferences lined up for November 2015 EclipseCon, TestBashNY, EuroSTAR Conference 2015, Better Software Conference, LET’S TEST [South Africa]. Do write to us at editor@womentesters.com and share your article for the upcoming edition of Women Testers by December 20th 2015.

Thank you for your awesomeness authors and for the timely submissions. And Testing Circus for your continued inspiration and patronage.

Co-ordinator and Editor
Jyothi Rangaiah

ILookLikeATester

This post is via uTest follow the link or read below to know how to enter the contest.
http://forums.utest.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=8801

On August 1st an engineer named Isis Wegner began to sweep the nation with her creation of the #iLookLikeAnEngineer hashtag. She wrote a motivational story about her experience as a woman in the tech industry, specifically a software engineer.
You can read the story and find out more about her on Medium.com. Check it out at: https://medium.com/the-coffeelicious/you-may-have-seen-my-face-on-bart-8b9561003e0f

At uTest we were moved and inspired by this great idea and wanted to get our community involved in the movement.

With this we have decided to create the #ILookLikeATester hashtag raffle!

What will you win:

    1. A $100 Amazon Gift Card.
    2. A hard copy of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg; to help you (Lean In)to testing .
    3. A little uTest Swag to rep the female testing community.

How to enter:

    1. Write the hashtag #ILookLikeATester on an 8×11 piece of paper.
    2. Post a photo in the forum or on twitter @uTest holding up a sign with a sentence about what you do as a tester.
    3. Pat yourself on the back you have just been entered into the raffle!

Functional Conference 2015

Functional Conference 2015 Schedule is now live.

At this conference, FUCONF host’ s 30 speakers who will present a potpourri of these 16 functional languages:

APL/Dyalog
Clojure
ClojureScript
Erlang
Escher.jl
F#
Groovy
Haskell
Hy
Java8
JavaScript
Julia
OCaml
PureScript
Scala
Swift

BE THERE TO WITNESS IT ALL AND LEARN NEW VIEWS OF THE OLD AND NEW PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES!

#FUCONF2015

WOMEN TESTERS – JULY 2015 ANNIVERSARY EDITION

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Anniversary edition

July 2015 edition of Women Testers is brought to you by the team of Women Testers and in association with Testing Circus

In this edition:

  • Recoverability Testing and UX Connection – Parimala Hariprasad
  • Q&A with Applause – Women Testers Team
  • A Different perspective on what to look for in a Test Lead – Nicola Owen
  • A Day in the life of Agile Software Quality Enthusiast – Manisha Awasthi
  • Testing Your Habits – Annie Rydholm
  • Testing in the Cloud: Part 1 – Nitika Katiyar
  • Is Manual Testing Losing It’ s Sheen – Divya Madaan

Thank you for your awesomeness authors and for the timely submissions . And Testing Circus for your continued inspiration and patronage.

The cover page image is the courtesy of piktochart.

Coordinator and Editor
Jyothi Rangaiah

 

Domain Knowledge – Is it important to Testers?

In today’s market testing has become essential entity across any domain like Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), Retail, Health Care, Transportation and so on. As the testing industry grows, a tester with basic skill is not sufficient to meet the market needs. Market now demands domain and subject experience. Having said that doesn’t mean they don’t need software testing knowledge. Domain knowledge is used to derive business use cases and software testing knowledge is used to derive ideas to test the limits of the technology.

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Majority of the testers would agree that it is unfair to not hire a tester just because he/she does not have prior domain knowledge. This could be justified by the testers who had to start somewhere at some point where they didn’t have testing experience or testing skills. They learnt on the job and added value to the projects they worked on. But can these testers test an application without knowing how a particular business works? What about the risk involved with hiring a poor domain knowledge tester?

Let’s understand this:

1. Online Banking – Tester has to test online banking flows few of which include login, transfers, bill payment. To login a tester might need basic testing knowledge but to do modules like transfers and bill payment, a tester needs to be a subject matter expert. One should understand the business logic on money flows.

2.  Health Care systems may not consider testers without prior knowledge, as it would risk some- one’s life.

3.  Retail: Retail domain In Store Solutions, Enter- prise management, and Warehouse manage- ment. One needs to understand the basic flow at every level for the service to run successfully. Ex: If I were to test POS, I need to know about POS before I can actually test it.

With this being said, a tester also has to understand the ground reality. It is quite a challenging task to build and maintain a team rich in testing and domain knowledge

How can testers gain domain knowledge without prior experience in the domain?

1. Plan
To increase domain knowledge is to come up with a plan of attack. Knowledge is vast and one cannot gain all in just a day. You need to filter down the amount of knowledge you are trying to absorb into pieces and attack it gradually.

For example: if you may say you want to become a domain expert in banking. But which area of banking, specifically? Retail banking, investment banking or private banking? Or it doesn’t matter to you?

2. Ask Questions

Ws Asking questions is an art in itself and if you want to build up knowl- edge, you need to know WHO to ask, WHAT quest ions to ask and WHEN to ask them. Then you also need to record the answers from others so you build up knowledge base for yourself.

3. Internet one of your best friends to pick up domain knowledge. There are so many websites which showcase the knowledge and yes you have online courses too. So start your search, register, read and gain as much knowledge as you can.

4. Find a Mentormentoring

Finding a mentor who has years of domain knowledge acquired kills two birds with one stone – you get guidance on your career and you ALSO get to strength- en the domain knowledge.

Wrapping Up
Now we know why domain knowledge is important and some tips on how to increase the domain knowl- edge. As with all learning, the most important aspect of increasing domain knowledge is your DESIRE to learn. If you have the desire, no hurdle will be great enough to block you from gaining anything.

Always desire to learn something useful – Sophocles

That’s all I have for now. Stay positive and have fun picking up domain knowledge in your projects.

About the Author

Ajitha Mannem is a senior test engineer with 9 years of experience in software testing and is currently working for a banking institute. You can learn more about Ajitha at www.linkedin.com/in/ajithamannem

Design Patterns in Test Automation World

Software development has lot of methodologies and standardized approaches to make the development process efficient such as object oriented programming, domain-driven design, test-driven design and behaviour driven design etc. Automation testing, since the very beginning, has been relatively new when it comes to processes and standards. But now it has gained lot of exposure in terms of standardization and has been under the process of continuous improvement and evolvement through design patterns. Automation testing is a process of developing software to test software. Hence, the test patterns are loosely similar to design patterns that are used in software development.

Design patterns show how to design the test automation testware so that it will be efficient and easy to maintain. The most challenging part in test automation has always been the code maintenance. A lot of test automation projects have drowned or were scrapped due to the inability of the frameworks to cope up with the growing codebases. In order to keep the maintenance cost low, the automation engineers should strive to minimize the code that they reinvent or create from scratch by using existing functionality for common, generic, or repeated operations.

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What are the types of Design Patterns in test automation?

1. Design Patterns in Test implementation
From the test implementation perspective, different design patterns can be understood as types of automation frameworks (illustrated in Figure 1):

Patterns2. Architectural Design Patterns

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3. Functional Design Patterns

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What are the advantages of using Design Patterns?

The use of design patterns offers below advantages:
– Low maintenance effort and time
– Low maintenance cost
– Enhanced code reusability
– Enhanced reliability
– Structured codebase which is easy to fix and extend
–  Improved communication

Conclusion

The design patterns contribute to a major chunk in defining the test automation best practices. The bene- fits of test automation cannot be reaped effectively without implementing the required design patterns specific to a test automation project.

About the Author

Divya Madaan is a test automation specialist with 11 years of experience in quality control. She has extensive experience in various automation tools, frameworks and latest technology. She is currently working with Aspire Systems.