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  • 1. First Steps in becoming a better tester Codrin Merlusca
  • 2. What I thought…
  • 3. What we must...
  • 4. What we could…
  • 5. The Recipe
  • 6. Main Ingredient
  • 7. Initiative
  • 8. Initiative Levels
  • 9. Level 1 - WAIT
  • 10. Level 2 - ASK
  • 11. Level 3 - PROPOSE
  • 12. Level 4 - ACT
  • 13. What is your initiative level ?
  • 14. Communication
  • 16. Be Prepared with all the information  Initial Condition  Actions step by step  Expected result (according to requirement)  Actual Result  Requirement interpretation  Process knowledge (according to project rules)  Test plan
  • 17. Listen, understand and offer him the testing perspective
  • 18. Personal Efficiency
  • 19. Our NEVER daily work
  • 20. Our daily work
  • 21. Prioritization
  • 22. Efficiency after prioritization
  • 23. Analytic Thinking
  • 24. Analytic Thinking Analytic Thinking is the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations In other words…
  • 25. Analytic Thinking
  • 26. Overload Scenario 1: You are responsible testing a delivery that will be in 2 days instead of 4 days. The usual amount of work has not decreased and also you have been informed that you must treat this with high interest. Scenario 2: You are responsible in testing a delivery that lasts 4 days. After 3 days of hard work you are informed that some new changes will be in and you must redo the tests, the deadline instead is not changed .
  • 27. WHAT TO DO Provide an effort estimation regarding the testing activity requested Provide a quality risk argument Discuss with the architect regarding the impact of the change Provide a proposal regarding the optimization of the test activity ( reducing the activity to high priority, the important/urgent) Provide test reduction possibility also consulting the Quality Team Inform the TL about the situation WHAT NOT TO DO Faint so you can gain pity Present your resignation Call your mother and cry Drink at work
  • 28. Mentoring You are the most experienced tester in the project. Now you are a mentor for a new colleague. The amount of load in the project is the same and due to your new mentoring tasks to help when he requests, you might not finish in time the delivery
  • 29. WHAT TO DO Prioritize his tasks Teach him to gather all the unclear issues and plan a moment in the day to clarify them Teach him to take notes for the things you clarify and to keep it in a “how to” document Take him for a few hours to observe the way you are executing the tasks so he can also learn the mechanism Take/give weekly feedback regarding your teaching skills and his comprehensive for knowing what to improve WHAT NOT TO DO Curse him Slap him Make him cry Give him nicknames Make him trip and make fun of him in front of everybody Advise him to quit
  • 30. Missing Knowledge You are responsible in testing a specific area and you are having troubles in creating/executing those tescases due to lack of knowledge. Your team is also very busy with different tasks for the same delivery.
  • 31. WHAT TO DO Gather the unclear information in a document Check the documents regarding the specific area (req / arch) Check the bug/functionality description and implementation information Check with developers/architects for information Ask a tester colleague with experience to help you Keep a document with all the information provided for next time Inform the TL regarding the lack of knowledge for possible training WHAT NOT TO DO Close yourself in the bathroom and cry Pay someone to do it or try to blackmail Trip “accidentally” on the stairs and take a sick leave Get nervous and brake the computer