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New to qa
Hi, I am basically a Electrical engineer, seeking a career change into QA. I have a company as a qa tester, mostly doing manual testing, need quidance as how to decide the test cases, plans, etc
Re: New to qa
Welcome to the QA world!
Probably one of the most important skills is communication skills. Yes, the written skills can never be under estimated, as everything you state when you file a bug becomes an important part of the resolution of the defect by the developers. Precise defining of the defect itself can at most times alleviate the atmosphere between the QA and the Development team and the friction is the most common thing here, so you know.
You need better than average written skills. Accurately worded and written Test Cases and the Test Plans are viewed much more seriously than a sloppily written ones. You are viewed in better light.
Now, for the proper QA stuff, you will be able to read a lot of the relevant material on this forum and also this forum has generous links to appropriate content.Just need to have patience and you will strike your wealth here.
Namaste: Welcome to my world.
Re: New to qa
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Originally posted by qaengNJ: Hi, I am basically a Electrical engineer, seeking a career change into QA. I have a company as a qa tester, mostly doing manual testing, need quidance as how to decide the test cases, plans, etc
ok there are some good points here. You have an engineering background and understand the importance of documentation and the need to be quaified and risk aware as you dealt with electrics.
You probably have some experience in static analysis and review, board designs and systems diagrams, some FMEA analysis and the idea of flows of systems ( electricity in the previous role now make data).
A lot of the skills of dealing with people and the note taking habit from engineering will stand you good stead so there is a lot you can bring across.
Now the caution part, as a new start - with a company (?) it seems selling this service, then I would also - for your context (America, litigous society, own company - so you carry the can and liabilities), look to certification and membership of a professional body (not something i normally suggest, but in this context it seems sensible). It is, in my experience, important to have this kind of cover when you are independantly selling yourself as a professional.
If you are still at the working out how to do manual testing then get some good books on the subject, Rex Black's are good books and anything with Cem Kaner's name on it is (IMHO) a must read.
Good luck with the life choice - and remember a QA is for life and not just for Christmass [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Re: New to qa
There was a few posts awhile back in the general forum about this. Do a search there for 'career'.