How to thrive as a Web Tester – My Takeaways

Once we buy the book How to thrive as a Web Tester: Thoughts on how to thrive as a Software Tester and over 30 ideas to guide your web testing by Rom Lambert we not only get a copy but a support website page as well, which is a collection of links to all the useful tools that are mentioned in the book.

The book itself can be divided into two parts – as the subtitle anticipates.

The first half of the book is more about how to thrive as a Software Tester in general.

My favourite quote, the strongest takeaway for me is in here, in this first part:

If you aren’t as good as you can be, it’s because you haven’t yet decided to be the best version of yourself yet. It’s as simple as that. Decide today to be the best Tester you can be. Done. Easy. Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t blindly follow what others are doing. Don’t try to be better than anyone else. That road leads to misery, burnout and frustration – trust me – I went there once. Focus on your own path and your own journey and be the best that you can be.

This paragraph is actually can be generalized. I would say it can be applied to anyone, not only testers.

Not comparing ourselves to others is liberating! We all have different backgrounds, we all deal with different challenges in our life.
All the saved energy and time can be invested in our growth.

In terms of being better and better in testing and developing the professional attitude we get advises like:

  • Learn how to ask questions.

By asking the right questions you’ll begin to understand your problems more deeply. If you understand your problems, you can solve them. Good Testers solve problems. Even problems that are outside of the responsibility of Testers.

  • Learn talk about testing in a calm and professional manner with clear language.
  • Find the end users. Make them successful.

Try not to build teams, processes and testing approaches for your own satisfaction and preferences. Build them to solve a problem for your customer.

  • Reproduce bugs in the fewest steps possible.
  • Learn from the mistakes.

 

The second half of the book, how to thrive as a Web Tester, made me remember a board game rulebook. I felt the same way when I was told the rules of a new board game. I’m really bad at waiting for the all the knowledge to be told and listening to all the details that should be known in order to play. I become impatient, I feel like ‘Oh, c’mon, how many more left, let’s start playing, noooow’.

There is everything listed in there that should be taken account when it comes to a web application testing: accessibility testing, check for dead links, security, tab order, performance, and the list is not complete. I can just encourage you to check it for yourself, it worth it.

Have these amongst the first steps:

  • Check browser compatibility matrix that is coming from business, compare it with the user browser statistics.
  • Understand how your site is being used, gather metrics from monitoring tools and test in a way that you think the users use the site.
  • Browser extensions are out there to help you, use it.
  • Use browser developer tools.

 

If you are new to web application testing, I would highly recommend you to read this book. If you are experienced, you still could find some inspiration.

Enjoy the game!

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