Wednesday, September 1, 2010

So, This is called testing...?

When a baby is born,everyone surrounding him/her tries to help him to learn what he/she must learn to carry on his/her activities.Sometimes he/she stumbles or sometimes falls down from the bed. I am thinking myself as a baby in this QA field as i've started my career as QA engineer few days back.So,please help me to understand what QA is and help me to carry on my QA activities.


When i first heard about testing, i was wondering what it would be and how this would be done.I made some general explanation in my mind.I thought it is a diagnostic approach to find bugs in a software project. I thought there would be some specifications and i've to go through those to cross-check the projects.But,as days are continuing i am realizing that i was somewhat wrong and there is something which is beyond this diagnostic approach.I am learning that it is not cross-checking rather it is questioning. It is questioning about the products,it is questioning about the users and most important thing is it is questioning about yourself as a tester.Because as far as i know if there is a question,then there will be an answer, otherwise what is the necessity of an answer. And in our case,the product is the answer. So,the best quality of it will be ensured if there are lot of questions about it.So, i've been continuously training my mind for questioning to become a good tester and consequently to become a good SQA engineer.I'm not sure is this a right approach or not but i guess if i ask about a problem from different point of views then definitely i'll reach quite close to a solution.

So,this is the definition of testing to me.I am requesting all of you to suggest me if i am wrong in my approach on testing.All yours advices will be taken cordially and i'm waiting for your comments.