If it’s hard to find a good software developer, it’s harder to find a good software tester. What does it take to become an excellent software testing professional? There are certain attitudes and qualities one must possess in order to become an effective software tester. Here are five qualities that would make a good software tester.
1. Attitude matters: In any kind of endeavor, attitude is always the key to success. The innate passion for what you do would always drive your enthusiasm and interest in your work. Successful and efficient software testers often describe themselves as persistent, thorough and uncompromising, with a strong passion for analysis and testing. In general, passion is an innate substance in a person rather than an acquired quality.
2. Intellectual and technical ability: He must have good (possibly above average) analytical and logical skills. He must be able to deal with complicated logic and must be able to work at a high level in this kind of environment, in short, a good software tester must be smart. Intellectual skills aside, a good test engineer must have an excellent programming background to understand the concept of the system under test.
3. Flexibility: Adaptability and willingness to learn are among the most important characteristics of a good software tester. He must have an embedded propensity to continually learn and be committed to improving and developing his skills. For example, the Visual Basic platform changes dramatically from VB6 to VB.Net, a good software tester must be flexible enough to cope with the changes of the new technology.
4. Communication Skills: An effective test engineer should have strong written and verbal communication skills. He should have the ability to listen critically and speak rationally to get the message across clearly in face-to-face meetings. A good software tester must be able to read and analyze product documentation, write test plans, write clear bug reports, write coherent status reports to management, both in formal reports and in ad hoc email reports.
5. Business Acumen: It is important that good software has good business acumen. He should be able to see the bigger picture of a company’s overall business strategy. This allows a great software tester to actively participate at a higher level than just a single contributor.
Source by Prithwiraj Chakraborty