Mom Working at Home – Be a Software Tester

If you are reading this, it probably means you or someone you know is interested in becoming a software tester with user experience testing. But what does this job really entail? Before developers release their software product to the public, they need to ensure that it is of high quality. A software tester is someone who assures that a new software has minimal risks or bugs in a certain environment before it is released into the public.

That being said, what does a typical day of a software tester look like? So, let’s pretend you are already a software tester. First, you enter your office and perhaps chat with some colleagues. You will then be assigned a project from the task board in which you will discuss the project – the requirements, what it’s supposed to do, etc. You will then discuss with the product manager so you can prepare a test plan and then you will deploy (which is the entire process of setting up the new software that you will be testing such as installations, configurations, etc.). Once you run the software, you will check for bugs, defects, or any code errors. Assuming that you found an issue with the software, you will then write a detailed bug report and tell the developer of the software. With or without your help, the developer will fix the issues that you have found. During this time, you can either work on another project or write reports. Once the developer has fixed the defects, you will re-test the software and validate that the issues have been fixed. You will then evaluate the product for the acceptance criteria and if it passes the criteria, it can be released to the public. While working on your projects, it is important to give constant feedback when necessary to the developers.

Now that you read the typical day of a software tester and you feel that it is something that you want to pursue, you can apply for junior software testing jobs. If you have absolutely no basic knowledge in software testing (or would like to learn more), you can start by getting a certification in software testing– this is called the ISTQB. By taking the classes to receive the certification, you will learn about software processing, SEO & webdesigns, testing techniques, validation and verification, and much more. With the credentials of ISTQB, it may be easier to find a job in which you can continue to move up in the rank (from junior to more advanced software tester). However, getting the certification is not always required as long as you possess the analytical thinking skills that is necessary in being successful in this position. Another quality you must possess is extremely strong communication skills – both verbal and written as you will be required to communicate with project developers, and write detailed reports.

In this profession, experience is necessary in becoming an advanced software tester. Like any profession, it takes hard work and tons of practice!

Motherhood

Hi there and welcome to moms say stuff. I’d like to start with the whole ‘becoming a parent thing’. I think a lot of, if not all, parents to be underestimate the change in lifestyle having a child will result in. Different people tend to have different perceptions: While it isn’t uncommon, many people focus on the challenges parenthood will bring and what they will lose from their current lifestyle (e.g., sleep, freedom, money, etc). However, many fail to realise what they will gain… after all… how could they? New parents have only experienced parenthood from the outside looking in.

Take child birth for example: I remember before having my first child thinking ‘… holy smoke! I’m never going to walk the same again…’ I mean… it’s a big deal right? What’s important to realise is that child birth is as natural as breathing! Yeah… it hurts… but consider this. Mortality rates for both mother and child have drastically declined in the last 100 hundred years — this trend is set to continue.

For all you men out there, don’t even joke about child birth!

Moving on, the next most pertinent memory I have of having my first child is the undescribable feeling of… love i guess. Once the little guy is out, there’s something purely maternal about embracing this little person that’s been growing in you for nine months. Like i said… undescribable.

Next up: Returning home… the most sureal experience to date. Nothing prepares you for arriving home with your new family member. You walk through the door as normal and close it behind you. Then you realise… you’re on your own… Think about that for a second: you been tended to by so many medical professionals during labor; before that, the baby was well catered for in your womb. Now you have to do everything manually — there’s no guide, no instructions… it’s sink or swim.

The good news is that babies are quite simple. Notice I say simple and not easy. They just cry when they need something… it’s your job to figure out what that something is. More good news… it’s gonna be one of four things: 1) Hunger 2) Cold/Hot 3) Poorly 4) Soiled. You can’t go wrong… just use trial and error.

What astonishes me is that you’ll soon learn the differences in your baby’s cry. You’ll also be able to hear your baby’s cry among many others. Mother nature is truely incredible.

So if you’re thinking of having children, all I can say is nothing quite prepares you for it. For me and my family, having kids has been the best thing in the world. However, bear in mind… it’s not for everyone. Next week, well be talking about feeding, clothing, and entertainment for the little guy.

Watch this space and check back regularly.