The domain of Information Technology is ever-changing, which makes it of vital importance for the professionals to keep at the center of all developments in the domain of technology. It is not necessary that a professional from a particular sub-domain of technology jobs has to remain aligned with the curve of learning. Similarly, software testing professionals need to constantly learn and un-learn certain aspects, to make themselves eligible for software testing jobs, that push them forward in their career path.
This article is constructed around the soft skills that act as the pillars of success of any project, as well as the pillars of career growth in software testing jobs.
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
This proverb is actually applicable in various aspects of life, not only in software testing jobs. Before the one onset of any project, you need to measure your strengths and weakness, your team’s potential, testing tool, confinements, approached and hurdles.
Planning is not only about making a road map for the successful delivery of a project but also comprises of defining a strategy or the methodology, which is to be followed. Planning is mostly performed at the senior level but is executed right from the ground level.
Planning will make it clearer to understand the requirements of the project and the purpose for which the product is being developed.
“Good words are worth much, and cost little.”
Effective communication is a key factor for the success of any project. Be it communicating with the client, internal team, with the management or with a vendor, effective communication is a major factor in the success of a development project.
Enhancing your communication prowesses is a pillar of success, irrespective of the project that you are working on. Communication delays or barriers can make the costs of a project go way up higher. It might lead to unwanted delays, which would further push the timelines, which would certainly cause unwanted delays and roadblocks. Communication skills are most effective when they are used in the most concise and clear manner.
“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.
– Steve Jobs”
Technology has been developed by humans and is also meant to be maneuvered by humans, to enhance their performance. Technology-based tools make the developments of a particular project achievable. Technology makes human efforts more efficient and reliable, as a software testing professional you need to identify the tools that would help yours with scripting knowledge, bug tracking, project management and reporting. The automation of various processes with the help of the right tool will make software testing more efficient and effective at every level.
These are the three pillars of success of every project and if you are pursuing a software testing job, then you must pay utmost attention to, keep moving forward with the industry and not left behind, due to incompetency or lag in any of these three soft skills.