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What skills are needed to be learned when an experienced software developer wants to switch to QA?

Can anyone please tell me what skills are needed to be learned when an experienced software developer wants to switch to QA.

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Software quality engineers work in a variety of fields. You may find them:

  • Assessing whether an airplane's control system meets required performance standards.
  • Designing a plan to test potential human errors in an automated system for drug delivery.
  • Using tools to track software bugs.
  • Making sure a video game won't crash just when you're about to take out the bad guy.

Top Software Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Skills are:

  • A bachelor’s or master's degree in software design, engineering computer science
  • An understanding of software QA methodologies, tools, and processes
  • Knowledge of SQL and scripting
  • Working experience in software development and software quality assurance
  • Knowledge of the current trends and latest advancements.
  • Technical skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills - Written and Verbal
  • Team player
  • Time Management skills
  • Technical Skills

Ability to Code Automated Tests

  • Ability to Work Independently and In Team-Based Environment
  • Analyze Test Results
  • Break Project Into Attainable Progress Goals
  • Capable of Using Source Code Repositories
  • Communicate With Technical and Non-Technical Resources
  • Create Test Plans
  • Develop Standards and Procedures to Determine Product Quality and Release Readiness
  • Discover Bugs Within Software
  • Document Test Cases
  • Drive Innovation and Streamline Overall Testing Process
  • Experience With Agile Development Process
  • Experience With Web-Based Testing Applications
  • Identify Areas of Improvement
  • Identify, Isolate and Track Bugs Throughout Testing
  • Identify Potential Problems Users May Encounter
  • Interpret Technical and Business Objectives and Challenges
  • Perform and Document Risk Analysis
  • Perform Manual and Automated Testing
  • Record Test Progress and Results
  • Research and Analyze Product Features Being Tested
  • Research New tools, Technologies, and Testing Processes
  • Review User Interfaces For Consistency and Functionality
  • Solid Understanding of QA Testing Environments
  • Thorough Understanding of Software Development Life Cycles
  • Work Closely With Development and Product Teams

Testing and QA goes hand in hand. - So you need to be technically sound in testing as well before you jump to QA.

You can pursue below mentioned free courses to attain vital information about software testing concepts and techniques.

  1. Software Testing (Amazon Web Services)
  2. Software Testing Fundamentals (University of Maryland)
  3. Software Testing Management (University of Maryland)
  4. Software Engineering Essentials (Technische Universität München)
  5. Testing with Agile (University of Virginia)
  6. Learning test driven development in Java (Platform: Udemy)
  7. Selenium WebDriver training with Java Basics (Platform: Udemy)
  8. Introduction to Software Testing (Platform: Alison)
  9. Software Testing - Testing Levels and Object -Oriented Program Testing (Platform: Alison)
  10. Software Testing - Black-Box Strategies and White-Box Testing (Platform : Alison)
  11. Software Testing - Condition Coverage and Mutation Testing Strategies(Platform: Alison)
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