Today things are back to normal, now when I look back, I think of activities I did apart from my daily job routine. Those additional activities were like a “Tadka” in my normal life.A boost to my energy and reason on my excitement.
Last Friday of August 2016, was one of the most exciting days in my career life. 26 August 2016 was the day when I came out of my shell and participated in one of the major competition in Software testing.
STWC- Software testing world cup.
A Software testing competition, where you will be competing with more than 200 testers across the globe. Wouldn’t it be awesome and in fact a great learning experience?
Here is your link to check out about STWC and register !!!
When I googled complete details about Software Testing World Cup, I got really excited and at the same time, focused. What a platform! Where testers will get a chance to showcase their skills – It’s brilliant! There are hell lots of competitions for Developers but hardly few are available for testers.
I was so glad that testing community can embrace similar concepts.
Participating in same city or all over India has its own taste, but going out and participating in Asia level competition is totally different.
I was ready to participate in this testing competition. Now I had to do my first task of forming a team, who are interested and equally enthusiastic about these competitions to fill the registration form.
Luckily I had two members and then added another team member. Now we had team of four (Surbhi (me), Madhuri, Deepa, Savita) .
As a team we came up with a name representing our skills and personality –
We started working on our strategy. We created a common pool where all of us would talk to each other or share. As a team we came up with list of things to prepare for competition like tools or techniques to be used or learnt and checked rules and regulations for the competition.
We distributed tasks for each one us and started giving updates on daily basis on the tasks. Initially for few days we were sharing the information or knowledge we gained from different sources. Then we took random apps and started testing those. Apart from this I had also participated in different competitions which helped me in improving my testing skills and time management. After all you can learn well from your mistakes.
We practiced reports,brushed up our knowledge on few testing concepts, we were not sure what kind of application we will get? Will it be on mobile or for Desktop ? So, without taking an chance,we choose application for testing on both. But somewhere we were clueless,we knew our destination but path was not clear.
I checked many blogs, videos related to STWC to get context of the competition.
finally, we got the mail about the competition and guidelines. Now we knew it is an unreleased mobile app, which is not available on Play store or anywhere.
Till now we were trying to focus on many things, website testing, mobile testing, different tools etc.Now after recieving the mail, our path to destination was clear and our ideas started taking some shape.
We started making plans for Test documentations, bugs information and mode of interacting with Client etc. We attended webinars, training to have more information on mobile testing.
26 August 2016
It was Friday, 12:30 PM IST, only half an hour left for competition.We sat in the conference room with mixed feelings, we were excited, hungry and waiting for application to test.
At 1 o’clock, we got another mail which had,an apk file to test. We spent only 15 mins on the strategy since we already had plans ready.
STWC team members
We had planned the tasks for each one of us in the beginning of the competition. The ideas was to put all the bugs information in G- drive first and then log in to Defect tracking tool- lean testing. After exploring the application, within half an hour we started raising issues. I worked on reports, Test strategy, Functional and Usability testing.
With, lots of pressure and so many things running in our minds,we didn’t realize how 3 hours passed.
We found quite a decent number of critical bugs and in no time.
We had covered most of the areas planned for testing and I started consolidating the report. Deepa started testing and raising issues. Savita took care of security testing and helped Madhuri filing the bugs discovered by us.
I was working on mind map for additional testing documentation and for reporting. We had plan to stop the testing before 15 mins of the timeline and then start working towards the report and closure activities, however till the last 5 mins we were finding the issues.
Finally, we submitted the report. What a relief.
Still sitting in the conference room, now the time comes for Expected vs actual
Remember many times in our college, school days, after every exam many of us, used to analyze, what we wrote in the answer sheet, how many marks we will get? which answer was right or wrong? etc We did the same exercise to rate our self after the competition.
In my opinion,we found quite a decent number of critical bugs in no time. Our hard work before the competition had helped us achieving our Expected VS Actuals.
In 3 hours, we submitted Report, raised more than 50 bugs, prepared all the possible mind maps.
I would say,me and my team executed the plan well and there were lots of improvements from the past competitions.
The main part of our preparation was to do SWOT analysis. We figured out our Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats.
- Don’t underestimate how quickly time flies and have a good idea what you want to accomplish in 30-minute intervals.
- Getting bugs were good but we should have stopped at decided time, which ate our allocated time for report review.
- Be ready for multitasking with open mind.
- Have a basic draft ready for reporting – this helped us and gave us a basic direction for reporting.
Overall,It was amazing experience and I am very happy that I didn’t lose this opportunity and took place in this competition regardless of my daily job or which platform I am working on.
This competition has improved my skill as test lead. I would suggest everyone to participate and challenge yourself in these competitions. Last but not the least thank you to the organizers, sponsors, judges and other participants for giving their time in this event which is helping many testers outside to motivate, learn and challenge them. I would be very happy in case I get any opportunity to volunteer in such kind of events.
Stay connected for another post on STWC- The conclusion.
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