QA Testing Myths?

There will always be some of the false assumptions attached to a good profession. That is how it usually works in the world, isn’t it? We sometimes have all the wrong information about a particular subject and some of us do not even make an effort to clear that up either. We go on in our lives spreading the wrong information to other people as well. Today, we are going to break that cycle and discuss all the myths about Software QA Testing.

Software testing is the method of verifying and validating that the software is free from any bugs or glitches, fulfilling the technical requirements and meeting the customer expectations efficiently and effectively.

It is a QA tester's job to identify bugs or check if there is any problem with the new software, such as mobile applications. QA developers run various software tests on the system to ensure that all the requirements and guidelines are being followed. When needed, they identify problems and run debugging programs, and produce various reports.

However, some myths are surrounding this profession. In this blog, we will try to address such myths.

Myth 1: QA testing is an easy job

Reality: Just because it requires a negligible amount of coding skills, people tend to assume that this profession does not require having to go through difficult phases. However, the reality is quite different. QA Testing can be very challenging and demanding. It requires the tester to effectively plan a test, create test cases, run regression tests, fixing bugs and more. The tester is expected to be analytical and problem-solving in nature.

Myth 2: Automation will replace QA Testers

Reality: Yes, this is an era of automation. But that does not mean that automation testing will completely replace QA Testers. Automation will only help the manual testers to automate their tests and ease up their daily tasks. Manual testers will always be required when it comes to checking the look, feel, usability and the overall quality of software.

Myth 3: Testing means 100% bug-free software

Reality: Even Lifebuoy soap cannot remove 100% germs; here we are talking about testers. A software tester will run all the tests to catch as many bugs or errors as possible. Yes, their goal is to discover the bugs and making sure the product is meeting all the requirements and is functional. Even the best tester cannot ensure 100% bug-free product even with all the resources all that can be done is reducing the bugs to a bare minimum level.

Myth 4: The only testing team is responsible for maintaining quality

Reality: This is a myth that has been in the market for ages. It is not the testing team’s responsibility entirely. Quality is the responsibility of everyone in the department. Developers have to make sure that the quality of the code they write is up to the mark. Because quality is considered to be a development issue, not a testing issue. 

Myth 5: Testing will lead to increased development costs

Reality: Some people assume that hiring QA testers and investing in various automation tools is an extra cost that they tend to avoid. However, there are efficient ways where you can avoid such major costs by just taking help from open source and free automation tools available in the market. In the end, companies prioritize quality over everything else and are willing to spend that extra money.

Myth 6: Developers code, QA Testers test

Reality: Yes, it is the responsibility of QA testers to identify a bug and rectify it. However, the developer is also supposed to perform various tests on their code to ensure its functionality and delivering high-quality software. Tests like unit tests and integration tests are often performed by developers to check how the software is working independently and while integrated. Good developers find the defects in the code before deploying it to the QA tester.

Myth 7: There are fewer career opportunities for QA testers

Reality: Well, this myth cannot be more wrong. In today’s time, companies are taking extra measures to ensure the quality of their products. If the customer finds the application to be poorly working or lagging, it directly affects the company’s reputation. So, QA testers are in as much demand as developers are. QA testers are even drawing more salary than developers if they have the relevant skills and experience.

What are the top skills required by a QA Tester?

Now that we have cleared up the myths following software testing, let us discuss are the basic skills that are required by the QA tester.

Let’s cover the technical skills first…

  • Programming- To have a better understanding of the application, a QA tester needs to have little understanding of coding.

  • Designing a test case - Testers are expected to have knowledge of the intent of a test case and the specificity level it demands.
  • Security - Throughout application development and testing, security must be a team-wide priority.
  • Automation - Testers need to learn automation for checking browser consistency, performance, etc. It is important in this era of growing technology to have automation skills.
  • Reporting - A successful tester should be good at generating reports to provide clients with the exact status of the test project and program being evaluated.

Soft skills-

  • Creative thinking
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication (verbal and written)
  • Project management
  • Problem-solving
  • Team player

Final thoughts

There will be many myths and false assumptions that will keep surrounding Software testing in the times to come. But we need to be able to learn the difference between the myths and the actual reality behind it. We need to make ourselves aware of the real facts by doing the appropriate research. Software testing not only provides security to the system but also focuses on satisfying the customer’s requirements.

Testers should aspire, regardless of the number of years of experience, to constantly learn, improve and acquire new testing skills if necessary. Whether it is self-learning or training, testers will actively learn new methods, techniques and processes to improve the efficiency of research and continue to apply new skills and learn to stay ahead of the competition.

You can also join some online training courses to clear your doubts. You can also enroll yourself in one of the QA testing training course if you are an aspiring QA Tester. This will help you learn and practice better.

Let us know in the comments section if we missed mentioning any major myth surrounding software QA Testing which really matter for this blog reader’s.