SKILLS REQUIRED TO BECOME A SOFTWARE TESTER
The following skills are essential to becoming a good software tester. Compare your skill set against the following checklist to determine whether Software Testing is an option for you:
Analytical skills: A good software tester should have sharp analytical skills. Analytical skills will help break up a complex software system into smaller units to gain a better understanding and create test cases.
Communication skill: A good software tester must have good verbal and written communication skills. Testing artifacts (like test cases/plans, test strategies, bug reports, etc.) created by the software tester should be easy to read and comprehend. Dealing with developers (in the event of bugs or any other issue) will require a shade of discreetness and diplomacy.
Time management & organizational skills: Testing at times can be a demanding job, especially during the release of the code. A software tester must efficiently manage workload, be efficient: exhibit optimal time management, and organizational skills.
Great attitude: To be a good software tester you must have a great attitude. An attitude to ‘test to break’, detail orientation, willingness to learn and suggest process improvements. In the software industry, technologies evolve with an overwhelming speed, and a good software tester should upgrade his/her technical skills with the changing technologies. Your attitude must reflect a certain degree of independence where you take ownership of the task allocated and complete it without much direct supervision.
Passion: To excel in any profession or job, one must have a significant degree of passion for it. This field is no different.
And technical skills: Basic knowledge of Databases/SQL is a must: Software Systems have a large amount of data in the background. This data is stored in different types of databases like Oracle, MySQL, etc. in the back-end. So, there will be situations when this data needs to be validated. In the back-end we have more to deal with, like: Web-Services and/or Application Servers.
- Knowledge and hands-on experience of automation tools, like: Selenium, HP UFT / QTP and many more…
- Knowledge and hands-on experience of a Test Management Tool: Test Management is an important aspect of Software Testing. Without proper test management techniques, the software testing process will fail. Test management is nothing but managing your testing artifacts. For example – tools like: Testlink, TestRail can be used for tracking all the test cases written by your team.