Mindset refers to a set of assumptions, methods and notions, which a person or a group of people adopt to increase their performance and productivity.
Building the right mindset is the most important characteristic, which one needs to fulfill all the commitments and expectations associated with his/her role. With right mindset you can accomplish your tasks with less effort in less time. But the situation is opposite by not having the right mindset towards your goals, hence waste of efforts. So before starting any task, the most important factor is to develop the right mindset about it and then start working on it. As a result you will be on right track and all your efforts will be fully rewarded.
Every department of life has its own certain methods or notions, which one needs to master in order to excel and to take the competitive edge in that field. Similarly a software tester also needs a certain mindset to become a good tester. This mindset decides how the tester will approach towards his/her role. Such kind of mindset differentiates between the good and bad tester, in fact an Excellent and Bad tester.
The basic and most important technical skill that a good tester needs to develop is “The Tester should Test the application from all perspectives (positive as well negative scenarios)”. He/she should find all the loop holes of the application from where this application can be wrecked. So the attitude towards the software should be “Test to Break”.
All software must possess bugs as the developers are human and you can’t eliminate the error factor from humans. Therefore it’s very important for the tester to think from end user perspective and try to find out all the possible bugs that a user can face. The approach to use Mindset Testing is to treat the software as it’s full of bugs; the developers deployed an application that will crash when end-user will use it and testing its all possible flows. Here begins the work of a tester to find out all these bugs and loopholes that will make this application go crashing.
Don’t take any bug lighter, “Report all bugs you have encountered with”, as you will be responsible for it at the end. Although sometimes with the mutual understanding of the developers and QA, some bugs are not addressed right away, but still, from QA perspective one should not skip reporting any bug.
In this technological era every product is competing with its competitors worldwide and the end-users also want the products which meet or exceed from their expectations. So sometimes one can take the observations for granted due to their minor nature, but they do create huge differences and differentiate between the good and excellent applications.
The concluding remarks would lead to say that; a software tester ought to be aware about the importance of his role in the production of software. He should have a strong desire for quality and really enthusiastic about his work. The aim should be to find out all the bugs and report them with full confidence.