Five skills that can make you a good tester

Five skills that can make you a good tester

For any software project to be successful, it needs a talented team of testers.
After all, even a small bug can financially affect the company. To avoid such situations, most companies have a QA team mostly dedicated to find issues, report and verify fixes before any major release.
But what are the qualities of a good tester?

1. Flexibility

A tester’s duty does not end after an error is reported. The developer also needs to reproduce it and check it after a fix is done. If there are any misunderstandings, the tester and the developer check the issue together to remedy the problem faster.
Flexibility is a must-have to be able to offer support whenever needed.
Testers should also be comfortable in various testing techniques, such as manual or automated testing.

2. Clear communication

Many people think that this job is an isolated role that does not involve communicating with others very often. This is not true. Testers need to effectively communicate with customers and their colleagues, not only when issues are found but during the entire software development life cycle.
They need to know how to communicate with both technical and non-technical people and also how to ask the right questions depending on the situation. Otherwise, they risk losing a lot of important information.
Information such as: what are the requirements, what changes need to be done, what needs to be implemented, what needs to be fixed.

3. Critical thinking

A company’s product must meet the customer’s requirements.
A good tester should be able to create a multitude of “what if” scenarios to ensure that the software not only responds positively to usual situations but that it does not crash in unusual situations.
Basically, they have to think from a user perspective, put themselves in their shoes, and correlate the testing with real-life throughout the development cycle.

4. Growth mindset

Software testing is a challenge because there are always new things to learn.
QA testers need to quickly adapt to new tools and keep up with the latest technologies. Not only because changes are always part of the software development, but because different ways of testing need to be constantly added, to avoid the pesticide paradox: testing exactly the same scenarios all the time will only mean that some particular areas are bug-free, but not the entire software.

5. Teamwork

Being a team player is a must for every job.
After all, the best QA testers work closely with those outside their expertise to ensures a successful product.

These are just a few skills that a good tester has. Any company’s top goal is the need to create and deliver high-quality products, and a QA tester plays a vital role.

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