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From Novice to Veteran: A Software Testing Journey

Updated: May 1

In the fast-paced world of software development, the journey of a software testing professional can be both challenging and rewarding. Today, as the blog introducer, I'm sharing the story of me, a seasoned software testing professional with over 15 years of experience. I hope it will be an inspiring one.

Through dedication, perseverance, and a commitment to excellence, I have navigated the ever-changing landscape of software testing, emerging as a leader in the field.

From the outset of my career, I demonstrated a keen interest in software testing. However, Software testing was not my start. I was in the Software development track. As there was no separate QA team, we developers did the testing part, too. I would like to say that I missed the bugs in my codes. The same happened to others, too. Haha... Therefore, we found some bugs after the production deployment or in UAT sessions. When there were such loopholes in the last stages, it brought blasts in every circumstance. I hope you can understand those pathetic situations. However, I found the bugs of colleagues when doing the peer reviews. That's how I gradually moved to the Software Quality Assurance track. It was one of the correct decisions I've ever made. It was a nice beginning. Everything was new. New tasks, new challenges, new work schedules, new friends, new tools, and new work cultures made a new career beginning.

Over the past 15 years, the software testing landscape has undergone significant transformations, fueled by advancements in technology and evolving industry trends. I adeptly navigated these shifts, embracing new methodologies and tools to stay ahead of the curve. From manual testing to automated testing, from waterfall to agile methodologies, I remained adaptable and resourceful, leveraging my experience to drive quality and efficiency in testing processes.

Throughout my career journey, I encountered numerous challenges, from tight deadlines to shifting project requirements. Learning new domains, and new tools, adhering to the latest quality assurance processes, and procedures, working with cross-functional teams, and leading different teams were some of the key challenges.

However, I approached each challenge with resilience and determination, finding creative solutions and rallying the team to overcome obstacles. Whether faced with resource constraints, communication gaps, or unexpected technical issues, I remained steadfast in my commitment to delivering high-quality software products.

I have achieved numerous milestones and accolades throughout my 15-year tenure in software testing. From leading successful testing projects to implementing process improvements that resulted in tangible efficiency gains, my contributions have been invaluable to the organization. My dedication to quality and the relentless pursuit of excellence have not gone unnoticed, earning them the respect and admiration of colleagues and industry peers alike.

Despite the extensive experience, I remain committed to continuous learning and professional development. I stay updated with the latest industry trends, pursue certifications, and actively seek out opportunities to expand my skill set.

In conclusion, my story serves as a testament to the transformative power of passion, perseverance, and lifelong learning in the field of software testing. Through my journey from novice to veteran, I have inspired and empowered countless others to pursue excellence in careers. As we reflect on our achievements, let us be reminded of the importance of embracing challenges, seizing opportunities, and continuously striving for improvement.

Here's to Vishaka and to all those who dare to dream big and reach for the stars in the world of software testing.

Software Quality Assurance is a challenging and responsible role. It needs a detective mindset that is going with focusing on attention to detail, asking the right questions, and finding bugs in the exceptional flows.

Someone may ask what can you do if there is no development. But I would like to ask what can you do if there is no quality assurance. I can give you multiple answers based on different views.

Developers, are you confident enough to deploy a production release without a testing cycle?

Product owner, would you like to accept the latest features to the live system without a testing cycle?

BAs, would you like to do a demo in a not-tested environment?

End users, if you know the system is not a tested one, then would you like to negotiate with that system?

I hope you may have different views on this. You may be a developer, client, product owner, business analyst, or project manager. You may have a different thing to tell. Share it with us. Share your valuable feedback with the Software Testing community. I appreciate your feedback.

I would request you QAs to share your software testing journey with us. The hurdles you faced, the achievements you gained, and the different career steps you built will encourage our community members. It's high time to reveal your journey.

Have a great day!

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