Am I a Bad Tester?
I just started a job 2 months ago after taking a year off. I'm more of a mid level tester but in a senior role. It seems like I can't do anything right. I'm able to catch some bugs but some get past me and my lead always gets on me about not catching bugs. She doesn't think I'm progressing fast enough. Is that I'm just a bad tester and too junior for the role I'm in? I can't catch every bug right? Or maybe that's not the expectation?
I don't think any of us are in a position to judge your qualities as a tester without seeing you test :-)
I can offer you a few questions to ask yourself, though:
- Is the application under test one that you are familiar with? You might be a great tester on desktop apps but your currently testing mobile apps, for example. Or you're familiar with the technical code under the hood, but not with UX. Can you seek out further training/reading on the bits that you're not familiar with?
- Have you reviewed the missed bugs and updated your test approach/plan/cases so that similar bugs will not slip through next time? To me, a senior tester would accept that bugs can slip through but would proactively update their test artefacts and knowledge to ensure they are caught next time
- Did your bug review highlight any common areas that you might be weak on?
- Does your test plan expect you to execute fixed test cases, or do you have the flexibility to explore the system looking for bugs?
- In your experience, do you have enough time to test? Do you need to have a long chat with your lead about the time available to test and the expectations of what areas you can reasonably expect to test in that time? Do you need to adjust your test approach so that you focus on risk areas?
- Do you get sidetracked by less important testing and run out of time for more important areas? Can you adjust your time-management, maybe introduce fixed time blocks to spend on any one area so you don't get bogged down in something unimportant
- Can you use heuristics or other test ideas to improve your test cases?
Finally, it might just be me, but if i were the lead i would appreciate it if my senior tester approached me and asked to sit down for a discussion/workshop on exactly how the testing could be improved so we could work it out together. YMMV on this though, depending on your lead - I tried this once with my dev lead and got the reply "I don't care how you do it, just find all the bugs!", so be prepared :-)
AS meridian said its hard to judge without knowing your work properly.You need to find answer for this by yourself.Try to advance your skills and test the projects(open source) and check your reports and bugs you found.Make a clear note what are the good points and where are you lagging.Continue testing with more projects and you will get experience of testing and finding bugs and you won't miss the bugs after getting experience.