How to get started on QA Testing?

I’m new to this sub reddit. But I do some testing for a software product, but I don’t know any actual coding. Someone stated it was along the lines of QA Testing. I heard varying degrees of what you should know for QA Testing like Selenium, JS, Bachelor of Computer and etc.

What would you recommend for a newbie to get started on QA Testing? I do not have any education besides of 2 years of random stuff and a couple years of help desk (that I occasionally do some testing for the devs)

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I’m project lead 12 months into this totally new industry

I started in late December 2016 at a very small QA consulting firm, split into manual and load testing teams. I thought I would be able to learn from my 2 manual testing colleagues, but they are not as knowledgeable or confident as I think they could have been. They each have 1.5-2 years longer within the company, and 3-5 years more experience with software development and testing. I came over from an English Lit degree and Tax/Finance work history.

 

I find myself in this weird place, where I’ll know one of their bugs isn’t helpful to the devs, but I don’t have the knowledge, or lingo to re-word the bug, and my colleagues are so resistant to constructive criticism and help, it’s insane. I don’t quite know why I’m writing this all here, I’m feeling a little insecure about my abilities/quality. My boss keeps saying she’s happy to have someone on board who’s capable of keeping a project organized and constructively meeting with our clients. But I’m still disappointed I don’t have a better team to be working with. And because I’m working with people who can’t really see the big picture of a project (ex: 1.25 hours to write a bug about how an asset container should be 1.2px vs 1.4px), I worry that we’ll miss something on the project.

 

TL;DR: I’m feeling a little insecure in this new-to-me industry, anybody else been in the same boat? Any tips or pointers on faking it until I make it? Any tips/pointers from a similar experience or perspective?

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Test recorder

A bit of background, I’ve been doing automation for about 8 years, and Ive used recorders (Selenium and VS CodedUI) in the past, though many years ago. Those experiences were surely negative and I’ve been working in proper frameworks since.

Im working with a new project and a member of the team brought up Ghost Inspector. I’ve thumbed through the API, and I’m going to do a trial of it, but I wanted to get some outside opinions.

Looking through the documentation, it looks like its pretty flexible as far as parameterization, locators, and recorded modules that can be reused. So it looks like its addressed at least some of the issues that have always made record and replay automation so shitty. I have to admit, I still feel like its a trap for projects that are going to scale – of course they can be much quicker to get up and running, but they just cant be as flexible or robust as tests written in a proper framework.

What are your opinions?

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What do you consider the most enjoyable part of QA?

Is it just finding bugs? Thinking of creative ways to break what you’er testing? Automation? Test Case/Design Creation? Something else?

I’ve been thinking about it recently and I honestly think my favorite is just being able to work in many projects. I know that’s technically true for anyone on the team, but in a way you’re an alpha/beta tester for an app it’s just nice to see what you can point out/automate that can help improve it for release (or post-release)

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How can a developer make the jump to QA Automation?

I am a developer looking to change things up and I think QA automation would be a good fit for me. How do I even attempt to apply for a job though? Like I can self teach myself Selenium, I am not worried about that but seems like even junior QA automation positions demand basic QA experience I lack. So i’m not sure how to approach this. Any help would be appreciated.

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How can a developer make the jump to QA Automation?

I am a developer looking to change things up and I think QA automation would be a good fit for me. How do I even attempt to apply for a job though? Like I can self teach myself Selenium, I am not worried about that but seems like even junior QA automation positions demand basic QA experience I lack. So i’m not sure how to approach this. Any help would be appreciated.

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