Manual Testing Tips

Mindset:

There are always more bugs to find.

Don’t assume that you are trying to “break” the software- you aren’t. You are just trying to find out where it is already broken- and trust me, it is already broken, or you aren’t looking hard enough. You are literally hunting for bugs – so dont forget to be active in your pursuit of them.

Planning

Consider what isn’t being tested elsewhere. What is the most common user flow? Where will people most likely run into problems or where would problems be the biggest deal?

Test UI- really read through the text, even if you know what it should say. Is it clear? Edited? Understandable? Look at the pictures/images and alignment as though you were looking at them for the first time.

What are your blind spots? Are there pieces of functionality that depend on other pieces? Could bugs be hidden one layer down in the functionality and simply be masked?

Execution

Don’t test on autopilot. Really think about what you are doing. Really look, don’t just click around. Dont zone out while pages load or queries are returned, watch what is happening. Your eyes should always be evaluating the page.

Limit Distractions – Turn off your music, Step away from the TV (if you are testing at home), Don’t chat with your coworker. Give your self concentrated bursts of time to really focus and test. (and take breaks between so that you don’t zone out).

Test like a user. – You know how to work this page. You have read the documentation. Users haven’t (always). So assume you don’t know how to use it. In the end, you are responsible to the user- to ensure that they get a quality product.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. hi,

    Though I am not a technical person but find your post to be very informative.

    I would like to share a link where a Software Testing Engineer of my company has done a very good analysis on Testing Cookies in Web Applications.

    here is the link:
    http://aimingwisdom.blogspot.com/2009/12/testing-cookies-in-web-applications.html

    Regards,
    Bijayani
    http://www.mindfiresolutions.com/

    Reply

  2. Thanks for the link! It looks interesting. Glad the post was helpful to you 🙂

    Reply

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