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Benefits From a Software Testing Job

January 12th, 2011

This is a guest post by Janet J. Fleming.

Are You Going to Get Benefits from a Software Program Testing Job?
 
This is a good question….initially you must see if you have a certain type of personality to accomplish software testing. You ought to be organized, logical and thorough. You will be writing test cases depending on business and functional requirements – or in other words you should do. 
 
Then you’ve to implement those tests – often repeatedly. Your primary goal is always to be sure that no software goes out to your customer without all the bugs found. It’s rarely achievable, but should be your main goal. I always prefer to believe that your 2nd goal must be to have every developer hate you because you keep finding bugs inside their code 🙂
 
The answer if software testing is an excellent career option is dependent upon who’s asking the question. I’ll answer it as if my audience is definitely an engineer.
 
I’m flip, but sincere – my working practical experience has proven to me that the theory of software development never comes about in reality.
 
Theoretically, software testing is:
– Validating and recording that software program performs the functions it’s supposed to.
– Making sure and recording it doesn’t do anything whatsoever it is not designed to
 
This presupposes you have been told what it is supposed and not supposed to do. People you’re working for don’t always do this – they might not necessarily rely on you not to run away with their secrets.
 
Because software program is a business (except when you are doing work for the military) business guidelines apply a lot more strongly than engineering principles. Software testing is expensive, and so the decisions about goals and how much to do can be extremely based on ROI considerations.
 
Inside the end-user relationship, the user’s perception just isn’t necessarily directly related to the physical world, and it’s also the user’s perception of whether your system works that finally rules inside the minds of management, whose job is purely to ensure no one is complaining concerning the software.
 
Therefore, the truly practical explanation of software testing could be summarized as 3 goals:
 
1° Verify the people that use software believes it’s doing whatever they require it to accomplish
 
2° Verify that this software doesn’t do anything immediately detectable that is not desirable for the user.
 
3° Verify that any undesirable action has a sufficient length period that the software will look to perform properly long enough for you to make it to another round of VC investment or sell the business 🙂 
 
And you? Do you consider Software Testing could be the right career path?

Who am I ?: Janet J. Fleming is writing for the software testing course online blog, her personal and non-commercial in nature hobby web site to offer free strategies for software testing novices/specialists to help them get a new work.

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