March 9, 2011 § 1 Comment
Things are changing now. Share markets are quite high, your neighbors’ has new dazzling car, your friend has extra features mobile (which you think he can’t use all of them), and your boss has iPad 2. But you should not have any effect of that. You want to continue your work – as you are doing from many years.
I am not the one who is thinking same way like yesterday. I always change my road. Sometimes it hurts me, but it’s good for testing freedom. I don’t want to be in one mud for longer time, I need fresh water.
I take initiative to let people know something that they don’t know about. In this process you should also have patience to listen carefully what they say. Later, ask them questions. Just few ones, so that they will think they are not perfect still. This is how I start my discussion.
One software developing company in Pune has made a beautiful product, whose important function is to print the specific paper. They had claim on their website that the software is compatible to ANY printer. When I ask about testing of things like classes, models, drivers, interfaces, features of the printers with respect to software (blah blah) …she stopped me in between and said, we had a list of compatible printers with software CD.
And first they were claiming about ALL printers. This is like saying we have found 100% bugs and fixed those.
I have two choices educate or habituate. I chose first one .But how should I join certain software company who don’t need see their technical support staff report for their Testing. This is not the one, I have many objections.
The people around here think that I won’t suitable although I can test well. Yes, they are right. I will be their unmatchable part of team, but hey look; you will find that I am the best part of the team. And I already know that.
The one thing I want to mention, my blog helps to spread among all here like a virus. People started knowing me; they are respecting me, and asking curiously , “Oh, so you are Riyaj? “
I met many people here, and learn many things from them. If they Doesn’t have requirements and all, still they are in touch with me. After all, Hiring is a business decision and I know that.
I know that you are reading this but you should happy that I haven’t disclosed your name. Don’t worry. There are many- like you here around.
March 6, 2011 § 1 Comment
By just reading the title, some people around there will know what I am talking about. They don’t need to read further. Just go somewhere else. For others, keep yourself free for next 10 minutes, be relaxed, take a cup of coffee-filled one, and of course start reading further.
Here are some questions who you might want to consider:
- How many of you have really tested an application for “usability”?
- How many organizations have separate budget for usability testing?
- How many organizations did given task of usability testing to specialist test labs?
- How many of you read more than 10 lines on usability?
- Can you tell me name of the book, you refer for usability? Author please?
Mastering in one thing does not mean that you can stay weak in others.
One of the things that your project does not have separate budget for usability is that your technical staff of testers can’t explain what is usability and its need. Though your website is great in functionality and security but it doesn’t care for usability, no one will care for your business.
Usability is one of the important quality criteria of an application. There are many website you can see are hard to use, hard to master in least time, hard to use, and does not meet OS accessibility features.
Here are the things I do for my testing for usability:
One of my favorite ways for testing is that, before I jump on the product, I keep my self prepared checklist in front of me. You can download it from here.
Also, I am sharing with some of the brilliant websites and documents I read to update my checklist:
- You are Not Done Yet checklist by Braidy tester: Read for accessibility and Text accessibility part.
- Useit.com : A website of Jacob Neilson.
- Guidelines for usability testing for Children’s.<link>
- Microsoft website for usability standard
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2006) usability standard <link http://www.usability.gov/guidelines/index.html>
- IBM’S Designing for Usability: Key Principles and What Designers Think
- There are many add-on of Google chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser which support you while testing for usability. The smart list you can get from Moolya’s Website. Beware that, the list is outdated one and these guys are using more others tools also.
- One of my favorite blogger on usability W Craig Tomlin : http://www.usefulusability.com
- Favorite part of lazy testers : Usability Testing Tools http://www.usefulusability.com/24-usability-testing-tools/
- <To be updated>
The US accessibility standards are strict. If you are thinking of making a website for US people be aware of US accessibility standards. Or they will sue you.
The better way to solve the problem is to start the work from Requirements phase. The more you care about design, the more you will get benefits later.
There is important thing should be remember in mind. It’s of your test coverage for usability. The things that you tested and the things you have not tested.Ask this for each item in checklist. This will help you in situations where you need to protect yourself.
Get in touch with me , If you want one more tester for your organization to at least to test for usability of application. J Here is another post who says the same, in different way.
[The title of the post “please don’t make me think” I copied from the book, called “don’t make me think.” By Steve Krug. It's an another way of marketing that book so that you will read it one day and know that how fantastic it is.]
March 6, 2011 § 1 Comment
Do you know from how many years this art of karate techniques called “Kung Fu” is exist in world?
From then, how does it pass on to generations and generations, get mastered, get more and more better….
The masters of Kung-Fu knew it ages before.
The master knows that which particular student of them will be the next master. They choose him after hard tests.
There is a master hidden in each of you. Its You who will wake him up and win the world.
The new master just not learn the techniques of Kung –fu, he is going to add the new techniques so that he can fight in better way.
After a time passed he recognizes his future-student and gives them those techniques.
These techniques are never ever going to written in a book, none of the certification and courses in world can teach you those, you have to find it yourself.
The one, who will find it, will be the new master for the world.
Again the history will continue and these techniques now have more dimensions, new ways and better skills.
Software testing is an art. The one who knows it will always learns, shares, and practices.
March 2, 2011 § 2 Comments
Last day was really day of joyful moments for Pune Testers , as we have actually made a step forward for organizing The Pune Testers Community.
I was waiting eagerly for this moment from a long time, while I was with Pradeep and Santhosh these Bangalore testers were too serious about their community work, just like Ajoy Singha and Vipul Gupta for the NCR testers community.
Vipul Kochar (Founder of Pure Testing ) has really helped a lot for gathering and organizing ,He is doing a great work for testing community all over India. I also want to thank Tech-Mahindra for their effort, and providing awesome Infrastructure for our First Meet.
I think we Pune testers are blessed very much, as we got Dr. Sukanta Bhatt as speaker in our first meet. He is The *coolest* speaker of India, as the World Testing community knows.
Vipul’s Speech was Just Fantastic; his presentation is so short for me! He is an inspiration for all of us.
There were also the more slides from:
- Praveen Wadekar on Test Driven Development,
- Rupa Joshi on Beyond Functional Testing,
- Amit Thakkar on 5 dimensions of Testing.
Vidhi Yadhav helped all of us by *not* providing any more slides. She was Facilitator for the Meet-up and told us nice stories with hidden morals in them.
Everyone , and especially me, missed Shrini Kulkarni here , he had a Client meeting at the same time and we all hope he will be coming to our next meetup .This well-known tester will share his Testing Gyaan with all of us.
If he won’t come next time we have to organize Pune Testers meet at his office, forcefully. :)
Problems on the table session.
I *loved* this session very much. It is a good chance for the testers to Put their organizations problems they were facing , and experienced people can answer for them how to solve those ideas.
Sukanta is very much interested to give solution for their problems. He was taking a stand if their any rumors spread about testing. The way of solving problem by first understanding the Context of problems , helped us a lot.
What we are going to do next?
We gathered finally, we had a great enjoy and Fun, it will nice for you we are doing next.
- Weekend Testing Pune Chapter:
We are organizing weekend testing each weekend for two hours, probably the time for which all are free.
The sessions will be purely “Hands-on”.
I did had blog post on My Weekend-Testing Experience before, you can learn there about it.
Many of testers are agreed to have blog of their own so that they can share their experiences with the world.
The Speaker is going ask again the same question next time “How many testers here around have Blog on testing ?” Hope you will be ready for that question next time.
- Pune Testers Library:
This is the Fantastic idea of Vipul about Books. I really *love* reading books on testing .we are building a library for the testers in Pune so that they can have more resources on testing.
Ah , We really missed a one point which I wanted to mention in between. It’s the Coffee we got served at Tech-Mahindra, it was just too Awesome!
I just loved the Space, Environment they had provided to us.
We are having Next meet on first week of April ,2011 and we all are hope to see you there, Until that we are working on how to plan weekend testing for all .Please check Pune TMM website for updates.
Or else, you can have news about community on my blog. I will surely give you all the details updates Pune Testing Community .Just be in touch with me. :)