Exercise your software assessment competencies and spread your notions through activities and an engaging competition. Scroll further to learn more.
Update 2: We’ve appended a link to our example responses page and announced the names of the victorious participants at this post’s conclusion.
Update 1: We kindly counsel you to hold back on viewing other participants’ responses in the comments prior to submitting your own 🙂
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Our past STH contributions have consistently been greeted with admirable enthusiasm and, in an effort to amplify the engagement and usefulness of this platform, we’ve decided to add some more excitement.
Whether you’re a veteran quality control manager or a newbie in the software verification domain, everyone finds value in engaging with activities designed to keep our minds in peak condition.
What’s better than having a forum for interacting with fellow inspectors and exchanging insights?
With this in mind, we’re rolling out a brand new portion of STH, aptly labeled Software Testing Exercises. The goal here is to offer our readers opportunities to put their analytical and critical thinking abilities to the test.
Once every month, we’ll release a post of this nature to keep your cognitive abilities in a state of constant activity. We’re confident that you’ll find high value in these drills.
Without further ado, allow us to direct you to your inaugural Software Testing activity.
Voila, the very first Software Testing Drill is now live. Get yourself a cup of coffee, take part, connect, and disseminate your responses. Your answers can be deposited in the comment field for future contemplation.
Competition: In an effort to spice up these activities, we’re staking 3 copies of our premium eBook “Software Testing Career Package” and giving them away for free to those that come through with the most accurate responses. 🙂
A Glimpse of What You’ll Grasp:
Exercise #1: Identifying Flaws
Your role as a software tester is to assess the software. Can you locate any flaws on the page depicted below?
Here’s a method for self-assessment:
If you locate:
0 – 4 errors => Below Par
5 – 6 errors => Average
7 – 8 errors => Impressive
9 – 10 errors => Outstanding
10+ errors => Simply Exceptional!
(Do bear in mind that you’re the adjudicator and only legitimate flaws should be factored into the count)
Here’s a flaw as a clue:
– The field for reconfirmation of the password doesn’t cloak the entered text.
List all other flaws that you come across in the comments section.
Exercise #2: Formulating Test Scenarios
As software inspectors, our mandate isn’t just to evaluate the software but also to devise test scenarios. In this activity, we want you to think of test schemes relevant to a set context.
But here’s the catch: We’re not interested in a blow-by-blow strategy; we want succinct test notions.
Imagine test suggestions for this Context: You’ve reached the checkout point at a supermarket. You’ve purchased five products (x, y, z, a, and b). Post-payment, you’re headed for the EXIT door.
Here’s an exemplary test scheme as an illustration:
- If there’s no one manning the checkout point, code in all the five items, register your card’s details, and proceed with the payment.
- The scanners should flawlessly log all corresponding inputs.
Publicize all plausible test contexts in the comments. You can also refer to this article offering sample web application test contexts for reference.
Exercise #3: Error Reporting
As an evaluating professional, reporting errors tends to bring an intangible satisfaction. Through this activity, we’re curious to see how you would report the mentioned error (feel free to include any fields you deem necessary for optimal clarity).
Detail an error report for this cited flaw: Post-Gmail login, I’m redirected to Google.com.
Unfortunately, we’re holding back on clues for this one. 🙂 Simply compose a detailed error report on the mentioned issue. If you feel stumped, you can consult this post providing an instance of an error report and this post detailing an effective strategy for authoring an impressive error report.
Exercise #4: Submitting Proposals
A crucial part of our job as software testing professionals is to put forth suggestions for improving the overall quality or user interface. So why not try that out? Could you think of ways the user experience could be improved for the login page shown below?
Here’s a sample suggestion as a guide:
– Rather than having the customer designate their status (new/returning), the system ought to ascertain this on its own by referring to their entered email or User ID.
Over to you:
I think that covers everything for the day. We’re all enthusiasm and anticipation to see your solutions and responses to our novel initiative.
Now it’s your turn: Post your answers for each drill in the comments section below.
Our solutions: Within this post, we’ve supplied one reference answer for every activity. We’ll also curate a roster of all potential solutions for these activities and supersize this post with a link to the solutions page by the weekend.
Competition victorious: Let’s not forget, we’ll designate 3 commentators with the finest solutions as winners of our deluxe software testing career package eBook contest.
In the meantime, we hope you savor these exercises and have fun testing these. 🙂
A shout-out to STH team member Bhumika Mehta for her valuable assistance in conceptualizing this delightful set of evaluative activities!
Sample solutions for these activities:
All the solutions shared by participants in the comments are sincerely appreciated and we’re certain they’ll be of great value to everyone. We’ve also put together a few additional solutions for all 4 exercises.
=> Click here to view the sample solutions for exercise #1.
Reviewing all the comments took us a considerable amount of time, given their extensive nature and the abundance of novel information and ideas. It was a challenge to shortlist 3 winners from such a fantastic pool. Nevertheless, we’ve selected the following winners:
- Saiful (Comment #9)
- Tonya Cole (Comment #40)
- Dinesh (Comment #81)
If you’re one of the above victors, you’ll shortly receive an email from us with a complimentary copy of the premium eBook.
Congratulations to all the victors and everyone who partook in the contest. It’s our earnest hope that all of our readers will glean new, practical testing proficiencies and ideas from these drills.
Best wishes to everyone,
Vijay and Bhumika