We all need to start somewhere. Many people who come into testing have no technical background, hence are deciding to kick off as manual testers. As if it was easier! Becoming a decent manual tester is as hard as mastering any other profession. The learning process is long and overfilled with challenges. Are you really ready to dedicate your life (or, at least, several years of it) to manual software testing? If the answer is yes, you have come to the right spot and are free to keep on reading.
Where to really start?
My fellow Junior software tester, you should consider your path towards all glories of manual QA begins, after you have finished reading a book by Clinton De Young and Manfred Ratzmann called “Software testing and internalization”. Although the book is slightly more focused on mobile technologies (which I consider a great thing in the world we live and test in), authors did a really great job by explaining the very essence of testing. Readers will get a nice chance to fully understand what software testing is really about.
Afterwards consider going through:
- Blogs, dedicated to matters of your interest and testing in general. If you are trying to learn, you should focus one technology at a time, however going through other people’s experience and opinions will never do harm, only good.
- The internet is overfilled with tutorials, YouTube channels, SlideShare presentations; even Facebook and LinkedIn communities are dedicated to means of teaching new testers some great tricks. However this is exactly the part of your learning where you definitely should focus on one particular technology, otherwise things may get confusing.
- Get acquainted with tools you will be using in the future. The odds are you will be using apps like Jira or Trello for project management, and the rest will depend on the product under test, however if you have a certain technology you wish to burst into, there are shorter lists of appropriate tools. Decide and find out your industry leaders. Study them and you will get a head start even before your very first interview.
- Books, books and even more books for you. They are the ultimate source of information!
This educational process may take a while, yet results will be most fascinating and definitely worth every investment. If you really want to be a tester, that is.