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Three Reasons Software Testers Need to Ask Questions By @ZalinCal | @CloudExpo #Cloud
Being inquisitive and asking questions whenever possible spurs innovation
By: Sanjay Zalavadia
Dec. 16, 2015 04:15 PM
It's a well-known adage that curiosity killed the cat, but this drive to figure things out is something that can be critical for software testers. People are often taught from an early age to question everything in order to gain a higher understanding. This characteristic is something that likely will not be on the job requirement list, but will still be expected from quality assurance professionals. Being inquisitive and asking questions whenever possible spurs innovation and will improve your capabilities in QA management.
Questions breed innovation
Among other manual processes, experimental testing remains a big factor in app development. This approach requires the tester to ask questions and reevaluate their circumstances based on the results. TLNT contributor Ron Thomas noted that tech leaders have often had ideas that they would not back down from, despite any failures along the way. If something didn't work, they would simply ask questions and restrategize based on the answers yielded.
"When a person has this trait, they inquire," Thomas wrote. "They ask questions. They become relentless in finding out the answers. They try different things to get the answers they seek. By nature, this person needs to know as much information as possible."
Seeing the big picture
Another important aspect of asking questions is that it inherently enables people to continue learning. If you don't know the answer to something, gaining this knowledge could help improve your capabilities and ensure that all elements are being addressed appropriately. According to the EuroSTAR conferences blog, being inquisitive and questioning commonly held truths are critical for the software testing process as they lead to reflection and potential solutions.
"If you're not asking or thinking about questions then you're probably not learning," EuroSTAR stated. "Do you know what assumptions you work with in your daily work? Are they good/okay to have? Do you know why you are doing things? Maybe, now is a good time to re-evaluate."
Prepare for projects with inquiries
If an issue should appear that was not thought of, this could significantly set back the project's timeline and reduce the amount of funding available to complete the product. For this reason, being inquisitive is an essential trait for testers to have. The effort to pick apart a situation will be imperative to an app's quality and a QA teams overall success.
Although asking questions and being inquisitive isn't normally something listed in the job description, software testers with these characteristics will likely be more valuable and successful than those without them. This is not something that can be taught, but rather something that should be innately accepted, honed and leveraged for the benefit of the tester, the product and the business.
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