What do you do other than testing?

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    Ronan Healy

    Being employed as a tester means that it does take up a large focus of your role.

    But with Agile and roles merging are testers taking on more duties than just testing.

    Are you writing plans, co-coordinating with teams in different locations, attending meetings?

    So my question for you; what do you do day-to-day other than testing?


    Also: besides “classic” test management what do you do as a test manager?
    – off shore teams
    – release planning
    – …


    Assuming you mean things that aren’t test-related;

    I’m an internal auditor for ISO9001 and ISO27001

    I’m a capability lead for Application Security.

    I have lead waterfall projects through testing to release.


    I am trying my hand at android application development. In my spare time, I am trying to build a new app


    Apart from testing, we involve in preparing user manuals, business discussion with stake holders &  taking application from initiation to production.


    I do following other than just testing.

    – Engage with BA/PO in product backlog refinement

    -Analyse gaps in the existing application and work with PO to write stories

    -Application Code walkthrough with developers and attend their technical meetings, to prepare what changes are coming and impact of those changes.

    -Investigate the failures or bugs at application log level to isolate the issue to possible smallest unit of module

    -Help developers giving the right context of application to fix the issues

    and many more….



    A variety of tasks that fit in a QA bucket:

    – Conducting RCAs

    – Rolling out processes and tools

    – Exploring related tools/plugins

    – For most part, coaching fellow team members

    – Customer Collaboration

    are a few.


    Other than testing, we are supposed to update our cook book (a kind of “How to series”) regularly.

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