It would not be wrong to assert that Software Testers meets maximum stereotypes in Software fraternity. And it’s not only other guys stereotyping Testers, in fact, many times they themselves tag the label. But the matter of fact is that a bulk of stereotypes are greatly generalized and stands without a base.
We asked people from across the Technology sector to share what they think about Stereotypes Software Testers face in their professional sphere or something they themselves have faced. We received wonderful responses and here we are collating them.
Let’s have a look at the most common stereotype a Software Tester faces
1. Developer to another Developer: Testers won’t understand this, they are not technical people.
This is one of the greatest stereotypes of the 21st century. It is imperative for any Functional Tester to understand the underlying technology in order to do a comprehensive testing. Not all the developers are technical and not all the Testers are non-technical.
2. Every Manual Tester wants to be an Automation Tester.
Though its a matter of opportunity still those who have tried out both know how difficult it is working as a Functional Tester and how boring it can be scripting Regression Test Cases and troubleshooting failed Automation Cases.
3. QA Manager: My job is to prepare dashboard, status reports and share those.
This comes from both the sides, Managers, and Testers.
Some wannabe Test Managers stereotype the Manager role. Planning out strategy and helping the team with whatever the situation requires is also Managers responsibility. Testers feel their Manager just forwards the Email and does nothing.
4. QA Manager: Testing doesn’t take more than 1/10 of development effort, why is your estimation more than Developers
Really. There isn’t any hardcoded fact. What if the Product is extending its support to a new browser. In such a case development efforts are negligible but QA has to perform and extensive testing.
5. A Recruiter: Don’t you think your notice period of 60 days is more, testers have a lesser notice period
No comments 😀
6. Developer to a Tester: Your job is the easy bro, log bugs and then leave for the home on Friday, spoiling our weekends ?
7. In managerial meet: In any case, Dev freshers would not like to report to a QA manager ?
8. Senior Management to a QA Manager: This guy doesn’t look complete fit for the Development role, please see if you can utilize him in Testing. Testing to kar hi lega(He should be able to do Testing though). 😐
9. Senior Management: What are we waiting for? Automate everything 😀
Automation is trending, isn’t it?
10. Senior Manager to QA team: Why do you people always raise a critical bug at the end?
No excuses but a stitch in time saves time 😛
11. Don’t go near the QA cubicle, they will throw a new bug on your neck 😀
12. Developers to Testers: You people always think Negative
Of course not, haven’t you seen the Test Suite? Positive cases are a lot more than negative scenarios 😛
Do comment if you loved the post. And do not forget to share the stereotype that you have faced in your professional experience and especially how did you handle it.
Disclaimer: We have tried our best to keep the comments from the contributors as original as possible.
Special Thanks to the contributors of this post (Shrinivas Kulkarni, Abhaychandra Chede, Aditya Prabhu, Arokya Swamy, Mahesh Chikane, Shreya Khillare)