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  • #7965
    Ronan Healy
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    @ronan

    The most popular video on the EuroSTAR youtube channel is this video on the skills a software tester should have.

    I thought it would make a great conversation. I’m sure that are many diverse opinions out there depending on what area of testing you are involved in, how you test but I’m sure that are some over-lapping thoughts.

    Communication seems to be a very popular one.

    #8071
    Kim
    Participant
    @punkmik

    communication is very important and having worked with a variety of people I would add a critical and creative mind. And not being afraid to be wrong.

    You need to be quite strong willed to be able to get your point across sometimes and are not allowed to be scared to sound stupid. Everyone’s opinion is valuable and more often than not you will find that you are the one thinking outside of the box. 馃檪

    Sorry I rambled a bit!

    #8718
    Claudiu
    Participant
    @claudiu-draghia

    I would like to think that being ferociously open minded helps a lot…. for me it did…

    //claudiu D.

    #14445
    Archana
    Participant
    @archana

    Recently read an article that talks about creativity as a skill that software testers should have. Found it interesting.

    You can read it here.

    #14447
    Kasper
    Participant
    @kasper

    As I stated at Eurostar 2008: Imagination is more important than knowledge.

    So I’d say imagination is most important.
    Imagination is not the same as creativity. Imagination is seeing impossible, unreal, never thought of before ideas. Creativity is about exploring and combining existing ideas to create new ones. Creativity is very much grounded in reality.
    Typically we use creativity to solve known problems, with imagination we find new ones!

    #27320
    Venessa
    Participant
    @venessa

    I think curiosity and the willpower to learn new things is very important skill a tester should have.

    #27603
    Qaisar
    Participant
    @qaisarimtiaz

    For me, I think Analytical skills and ability to think like a user (s) can really up the game as QA Tester.

    #29002
    Christopher
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    @christopher_thompson

    <p class=”MsoNormal”>If you want to make your career in the field of software testing, there are some skills you should have:</p>
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    #30098
    EMMANUEL
    Participant
    @reoblamez

    Communication skills. …

    Analytical and logical mindset. …

    Project Management skills. …

    Ability to follow procedures. …

    Interpersonal skills. …

    Attention to detail. …

    Eagerness to learn. …

    Excellent time management and prioritisation.

    #30211
    Charles
    Participant
    @charlessmith

    There are several important skills that a software tester should have, but one of the most crucial skills is the ability to think critically. A software tester needs to be able to analyze complex software systems, identify potential problems or bugs, and come up with creative solutions to those issues.

    Other important skills for a software tester include strong communication skills, attention to detail, and a deep understanding of software development processes and methodologies.

    To know more about Software Tester like Skills, Roles and Responsibilities, Career Path, and more, read this blog: How to Become a Software Tester

    #31213
    ashwini
    Participant
    @ashwinil

    <span style=”color: #1f1f1f; font-family: ‘Google Sans’, ‘Helvetica Neue’, sans-serif; white-space-collapse: preserve;”>Critical thinking and problem-solving</span><span style=”color: #1f1f1f; font-family: ‘Google Sans’, ‘Helvetica Neue’, sans-serif; white-space-collapse: preserve;”> edge out as the most crucial skill for a software tester,</span><span style=”color: #1f1f1f; font-family: ‘Google Sans’, ‘Helvetica Neue’, sans-serif; white-space-collapse: preserve;”> closely followed by </span><span style=”color: #1f1f1f; font-family: ‘Google Sans’, ‘Helvetica Neue’, sans-serif; white-space-collapse: preserve;”>meticulous attention to detail</span><span style=”color: #1f1f1f; font-family: ‘Google Sans’, ‘Helvetica Neue’, sans-serif; white-space-collapse: preserve;”>.</span><span style=”color: #1f1f1f; font-family: ‘Google Sans’, ‘Helvetica Neue’, sans-serif; white-space-collapse: preserve;”> These skills enable testers to uncover hidden bugs and ensure software quality.</span><span style=”color: #1f1f1f; font-family: ‘Google Sans’, ‘Helvetica Neue’, sans-serif; white-space-collapse: preserve;”> Other vital skills include communication,</span><span style=”color: #1f1f1f; font-family: ‘Google Sans’, ‘Helvetica Neue’, sans-serif; white-space-collapse: preserve;”> analytical thinking,</span><span style=”color: #1f1f1f; font-family: ‘Google Sans’, ‘Helvetica Neue’, sans-serif; white-space-collapse: preserve;”> learning agility,</span><span style=”color: #1f1f1f; font-family: ‘Google Sans’, ‘Helvetica Neue’, sans-serif; white-space-collapse: preserve;”> and automation expertise.</span>

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