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WOMEN TESTERS JULY 2017 EDITION

WOMEN TESTERS – JULY 2017 EDITION

JULY 2017 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 an article by the multifaceted conference organizer “Maaret Pyhäjärvi” titled “Five Controversial Ideas to Increase Your Impact as a Tester”. 

An aspiring UX Alchemist, industrious and a regular contributor to women tester magazine “Parimala Hariprasad” shares about “How to Improve Mobile Payment Forms”. 

A poetic tester, the software specialist, who is terrific at testing “Vivien Ibironke Ibiyemi” writes about “The Tester’s life!”. We are in for a treat, read on.

“Anne-Marie Charrett” defined by dynamism shares her perspective on when to stop and to be respectful about the stop criterion’s in the article titled “Finishing Exploring”. 

“Dhanasekar S” writes a guest post, wise words for testers from a test practitioner in this article “Seven Wisdom From A Software Tester”.

We look forward to you reading and sharing this edition which also features a special editorial written by Paul Seaman who is the co-founder of EPIC Testability Academy (ETA). ETA teaches people with autism the basics of software testing. Saluté Paul Seaman and Lee Hawkins.

From around the testing world: These software testing conferences are lined up for this quarter STeP-IN Summit [Aug -Sep], Copenhagen Context Driven Testing Conference [Sep]EclipseCon  [Oct]. Do write to us at editor@womentesters.com and share your testing experience for the upcoming edition by September 30th 2017.

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

Happy to present these write-ups from the leaders and friends from the testing community. 

Co-ordinator and Editor
Jyothi Rangaiah

WOMEN TESTERS APRIL 2017 EDITION

WOMEN TESTERS – APRIL 2017 EDITION

 

APRIL 2017 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 an article on leadership and follower-ship titled “Fulfilling your potential as a leader and as a follower” by “Isabel Evans.

We are proud to present to you all, a guest post and an announcement about a Testing School started in Australia  by Paul Seaman and Lee Hawkins for those in autism spectrum and their mentors “EPIC Test-Ability Academy – the story so far”. 

An international conference ‘Test Master’s Academy’ producer “Anna Royzman” writes “On Leadership, Diversity and Inspirational Role Models”.

Farzeen Abbas has written a confession in her role as an Agilist in “Confessions of an agile test lead”.

We look forward to you reading and sharing this edition which also features a special editorial written by Parimala Hariprasad titled “A Chance to Dream”.

From around the testing world: These software testing conferences are lined up for this quarter Mobile Dev+Test, STAREAST, Quality Jam, Atlassian Summit, Europe. Do write to us at editor@womentesters.com and share your article for the upcoming edition of Women Testers by May 30th 2017.

Upcoming conferences:

Test Master’s Academy brings to you 2ND ANNUAL TEST LEADERSHIP CONGRESS – MAY 1ST-3RD, NewYork City.  Watch this video to learn more: https://youtu.be/ldKUOGOK2BM 

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

WOMEN TESTERS JANUARY 2017 EDITION

WOMEN TESTERS – JANUARY 2017 EDITION

January 2017 edition of Women Testers is brought to you by the team of Women Testers in association with Testing Circus.

In this edition, we have bought to you the following articles: “Not Invented Here” by Claire Moss

A guest post  “Are Test Cases Dead?” authored by Sandeep Garg

A frequent speaker at international conferences writes about the “Benefits of public speaking” – Karen N Johnson

Check out this reading list by Parimala Hariprasad and her review of the books she read in “Bibliography – Books I read in 2016″

Amanda Perkins has authored a write-up about “ISO Multilingual Testers”

We look forward to you reading and sharing this edition which also has a special editorial written by Keith Klain titled “Nevertheless, she persisted…”

From around the testing world: These software testing conferences are lined up for March 2017 Agile Testing Days, Asia and Agile India. Do write to us at editor@womentesters.com and share your article for the upcoming edition of Women Testers by March 20th 2017.

Upcoming conferences:

Test Master’s Academy brings to you 2ND ANNUAL TEST LEADERSHIP CONGRESS – MAY 1ST-3RD, NewYork City.  Watch this video to learn more: https://youtu.be/ldKUOGOK2BM 

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

WOMEN TESTERS OCTOBER 2016 EDITION

WOMEN TESTERS – OCTOBER 2016 EDITION

Software testing e-magazineOctober 2016 edition of Women Testers is brought to you by the team of Women Testers in association with Testing Circus and with the support of Keith Klain.

In this edition, we have bought to you the following articles: A guest post  “Testing is Dead” (Again) Thanks to DevOps written by Lee Hawkins.
For the first time, women testers features an article from a veteran from the tech world A Critical Path to Problem Resolution by Bruce Seaman.

An article for our new testers by a new tester, Himansha Tyagi who writes about her Journey of A Newbie Tester 

Helena Jeret-Mäe shares her experiences in the form of Lessons from Observing an Organization

What are your testing knowledge sources? As a reply to this question, Ajay Balamurugadas writes his sources of testing know-how in the article titled My Sources of Testing Knowledge

And a candid editorial by Karennjohnson to make us all think about the changing testing profession and the growing need to up-skill/reinvent ourselves as testers.

From around the testing world: Call For Papers is now open for EuroSTAR2017.  Take time out to respond to the early bird registrations CASTx17

We look forward to reading and sharing your new learning experiences while you are at these software testing conferences lined up for December 2016 Software Testing Conference, Peers of Estonian Software Testing (PEST), Agile testing days, NFTCon. Do write to us at editor@womentesters.com and share your article for the upcoming edition of Women Testers by December 30th 2016.

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

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

CAST2017

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 – 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

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