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Quality Assurance (QA) Beginner’s Guide. What to learn and where to get practice?

Hello, friends. Finding a job or starting a new career is always a great challenge. That’s why I want to share my tips and tricks to help you on your way to study the profession of a QA engineer.

Written by Alexey Pustovoy (QA Engineer at Trisk and Trisk 2.5)

You are wrong if you think testing is just pushing buttons. Testing is an integral part of the software development cycle.

An editor always makes a movie better.
The proofreader always makes the book better.

The QA always makes software better.

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It’s not a secret that to become a QA specialist, you need to learn a lot of theories and diligently apply your knowledge in practice.

But what exactly do you need to know?

Here are my recommendations:

  1.  The concepts of testing include the following:
  • What is testing?
  • What is a bug?
  • Types of testing
  • Test case structure
  • Test plan structure
  • What is test design?
  • Equivalence classes

2. Development basics –

  • Software life cycle
  • Place of testing in development

3. Bug trackers –

  • TFS
  • Jira
  • Jazz
  • ALM

Where to get practice for beginner QA?

  1. After learning the concepts, you can start practicing by yourself. Find any website available, write test cases for this site, and start testing the site using these test cases. This will be a step toward your first experience as a beginner QA specialist.
  2. For more practice and gaining experience before a job interview, you can register on the crowd testing platform. These platforms will give a great experience on more complex websites, and novice specialists will already have excellent practical.

Here are some examples of Crowd Test platforms:

Software testing is an essential component of software development. While it may take a lot of hard work to become a successful Quality Assurance professional, there will always be a great need for talent in the industry.

QA is needed not only to test a module/product but also to create a better product. It is necessary to offer tested ideas about user expectations. QA has to tell the developer how the code crashed. Developers need QA.

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