Hi all, first, I'm new to this forum so it's nice to meet everyone. Next, I am interested in a potential career transition. I have been a data quality analyst for the past 10 years and am interested in QA software testing. In my last position the company transitioned from a non-web based to a web based application. The application was built from scratch by both internal and external developers. Once the application was built I was pulled in to start QA testing it. The application would be used by a group in our company that I was previously a part of thus had an understanding of what they would need and how it would work with real end users.
Prior to this I had not had any software testing experience. I have done some research and am starting to understand all the different ways of testing (black box, white box, regression, etc) but I would really like to know exactly what it was that I did while testing. While I know what my actions were, I don't know how to convert the things I did into actual technical QA descriptions. Did I do black box testing? Alpha Testing? Usability Testing? etc.
Ok, this is what I did in English:
-tested to ensure all the tabs/buttons/links worked and took you to the page they should have
-performed actions to mimic how our employees, the end-user, would work with it
-tested every possible combination of potential actions
-tested using multiple Firefox versions
-tested to confirm that the different links were in places on the page that wouldn't interfere with how the employees did their job
-tested that it would take a minimal amount of time for a new user to get comfortable with the application
-when ever I came across bugs I would add it to the web based bug reporting system
-once the developer fixed the bug I would re-test and update the bug reporting system to close the "bug ticket" if it was fixed
The whole process took about 4 months. What I am looking for now is to have experienced QA people list out, preferably in point form, what I actually did using standard industry terminology.