Course: Software Testing from a Practical Perspective

Software Testing from a Practical Perspective

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About this Course

If you are a beginner or a non-software tester, then you have made an excellent choice in choosing this course.

This course will walk you through real-life workplace simulated scenarios, which have been driven by my real-life workplace experiences.

Simulated scenarios, mock projects, personae, challenges & quizzes used in this course will drift you away, form the traditional learning methods, to place your learning engagement at the highest.

This course has been specifically designed for beginners and non-testers who seek to become software test professionals.

Key features of the course:

  • Introduce software testing to beginners and non-testers
  • Personal skills & career development
  • Practical aspects of software testing at workplace
  • Practical leaning of software testing by doing
  • Manual approach to build principles of software testing
  • Implement software testing using popular tools: Jira, X-Ray & Confluence

This course is presented in 10 sections:

  • What does the course cover - The course Landscape
  • Real Workplace Scenarios 
  • Overall Test Management Process
  • Using Jira, X-Ray & Confluence 
  • Implementing & leading Jira Agile projects
  • Other Software testing jobs
  • So you want to be a Software Tester?
  • Challenge: Manual vs Automated testing
  • The Extras: Software Testing Trend for 2019 - How to earn money from home testing websites
  • Bonus: Recommendation: ISTQB Training, Certification and Exams
Basic knowledge
  • This course is designed for non-testers, beginners or anyone who is interested to start a new career in the software testing field to become a software tester
  • Non IT background is also encouraged
  • A computer with internet connection is required
What you will learn
  • Identify soft and hard skills needed to be a Software Test Professional
  • Make decisions to develop missing skills needed to do the job
  • Learn how to monitor your progress
  • Gain insight into software testing market demand
  • Learn how to employ your skills at workplace
  • Gain familiarity with typical IT organization structure and departments
  • Gain familiarity with people roles and responsibilities at workplace
  • Appreciate how important is to be proactive and a team player
  • Cope and adapt with awkward situations at workplace
  • Turn awkward situations at workplace to your advantage
  • Be determined, proactive and use your own initiative all the way through
  • Develop and sharpen your skills to cope with unforeseen circumstances at workplace
  • Learn how to multi-task to cope with unusual situations 
  • Observe minor details around you and at workplace
  • Be proactive to develop own knowledge, capabilities and self-motivation
  • Gain insight into other software testing jobs
  • Familiarize yourself with other software tools and applications
  • Gain insight into how to get software testing jobs
  • How to start as a software tester in the UK
  • How to start your own LTD or Umbrella company in the UK
  • How to prepare yourself for job interview questions

By the end of this course you will be able to perform the following software testing roles:

  • Software Test Analyst
  • Software Test Designer
  • Software Test Executor

 Software requirements: Functional & Non-Functional:

  • Learn the difference between functional & non-Functional software requirement specifications
  • Analyze software requirement specifications
  • Extract functional requirements
  • Learn that software requirement can be modeled as Use Cases
  • Gain familiarity with Unified Modelling Language

Test Phases, STLC, Test Case Design and Test Data:

  • The important phases of Software Test Life Cycle
  • Software Test Life Cycle phases, test types and what each phase involves
  • How test is organized within the overall project plan
  • How to organize your test efforts
  • Create, set preconditions and prepare test data for test cases
  • Link test cases to requirements 
  • Use structured test design approach to find bugs early
  • Know the success of software product relies on its quality
  • Learn why software testing considered necessary to the quality
  • How to link user events, actions or flows to preconditions
  • The difference between dummy and real client data
  • How test data can uniquely identify a future defect
  • The difference between valid and invalid inputs
  • How to define and create test case template
  • The minimum data columns required for a test template
  • How to come up with a new test template
  • How a test template can measure software traceability & test coverage
  • How test template can aid test reporting
  • How to differentiate between defects and correct behavior
  • How to write positive test case scenarios
  • How to write negative test case scenarios
  • How to challenge application or system under test
  • How to raise defects during test cycles

Manual Test Case Execution, Manual vs Automated testing:

  • How to manually execute test steps
  • How to create a report template using Excel or Word applications
  • How to compile end of test report
  • Compare Manual vs Automated testing plug-ins & tools

Jira, X-Ray & Confluence:

(NB: This tool is closely related to the course and you will need to sign-up)

  • Create and Delete projects
  • Create user stories
  • Create tests & link to user stories
  • Create project releases versions & components
  • Link tests to software versions & components
  • Edit and change existing components
  • Create or import manual test steps from CSV file fromat
  • Create test preconditions
  • The difference between epic, story and tasks
  • Create issues, bugs, tasks and epics
  • Confluence collaboration tool basics
  • Create How-to articles confluence pages
  • Create Confluence project workspace
  • Execute Jira tests
  • Implement Agile projects 
  • Edit and view issue details
  • Create and save filters
  • Create scrum boards
  • Create project dashboards
  • Use default project board
  • Use gadgets to customize project dashboard
  • Edit filters and share with project team or group
  • Make filter columns visible or invisible
  • Build project backlog
  • Prioritize Scrum backlog issues
  • Identify sprint workload activities
  • Use active sprints to organize & monitor issues
  • Estimate story efforts in hours, days or weeks
  • Report on current sprint status
  • Generate X-Ray test coverage, traceability & other reports
  • Export X-Ray reports to CSV file format
  • Export Test Cases to CSV file format

Software Development frameworks: Agile & Waterfall:

  • The difference between Agile and Waterfall development frameworks
  • The quality attributes of Agile framework
  • Familiarize yourself with rapid development, continuous release integration & delivery
  • Gain familiarity with software testing in Agile environment

This course, has Assignments, Challenges and Quizzes

What are the benefits when you buy this course?

  • Life time access to the course video lectures downloads and updates
  • Full support from the instructor all aspects of software testing & testing career
Number of Lectures: 41
Total Duration: 02:37:58
What Does The Course Cover?
  • Welcome to the course  

    In this lecture, I would like to welcome you to the course.

  • The course landscape  

    In this Course Landscape video, I'd like to briefly explain the following:

    1. The Aim of the course

    2. The Main core sections

    3. The Goals of each section

Real workplace scenarios
  • Your first day on the job  

    You will witness a real world work scenario, where you will be able to:

    • Understand what Soft & Hard- skills are needed for a software test professional to learn
    • Make a decision in a role playing scenario
    • Familiarize yourself with a typical organization structure, departments and roles
    • Appreciate how important to be a proactive & positive team player

  • Scenario 2: Meet your test manager  

    In this lecture: You will have an exposure to a real world working scenario, where you will be able to:

    • Cope and adapt yourself where you turn awkward situation to your advantage
    • Be determined, proactive and use your own initiative all the way through
    • Develop and sharpen your skills to cope with unforeseen circumstances in the work environment
    • Learn how to multi-task to cope with situation like lack of resources, staff unavailability
    • Be reliable, trustworthy and appreciated by your colleagues

  • Soft-skill Quiz1  

    Give some examples of Soft-skills employers are looking for in a software tester?

Overall Test Management Process
  • Know Your Organization.  

    You will familiarize yourself with the mock Organization, Structure, Departments, People and who does what.

  • Functional & Non-Functional Requirement  

    In this lecture you will learn:

    Learn how to employ your communication soft-skill to introduce your self to other Colleagues 

    • The difference between Functional & Non-Functional requirements
    • What type functional of non-functional test you should conduct

  • The Software Test Life Cycle (STLC) & Who Does What?  

    In this Section you will learn :

    • How the Software Test Life Cycle is broken into 6 phases:
    • Requirement Analysis - Test Planning - Test Cases Development - Test Environment - Test Execution & Test Reporting
    • What each phase involves.
    • People Roles and Responsibilities

  • Software Testing & Why is it necessary?  

    In this lecture through the slides presentation, you will have an overview of:

    • Why Software testing is considered to be necessary to the quality of a software product.

  • Intro to Requirements & Test Cases  

    In this lecture you will learn how to:

    • Analyze the ATM project requirements
    • Extract Functional requirements & Set Preconditions
    • Link user event flows to Preconditions  
    • Check system behavior with invalid user input  
    • Check system behavior with valid user input  
    • Differentiate between Defects and correct system behavior

  • How to Analyze Requirements and Define Test Cases  

    In this lecture you learn from the TAM project example:

    • how drive test cases from requirement which can modeled using UML use case diagram or a simple word document.
    • How to set test case preconditions
    • How Extract functional requirement
    • Know the difference between User Error or a program error
    • How to adopt a structured design approach to :
    1. Write positive test cases and
    2. Negative test cases to challenge the Application/System under test.

  • Challenge #1: Traceability - Create a Test Case Template  

    In this challenge you are required to define and create a simple test case template to accommodate all 16 items defined in green & red circles. Ref1: the PDF slide in the Resources section.

    You can use Excel, Word document or download a free Test Case Template see link in the External Resources.


  • Create a Test Case for the ATM Withdraw Transaction  

    In this lecture you learn:

    • How to create & complete the ATM Withdraw Test Case with all necessary steps & related columns
    • Why columns such Release ID, Module, Requirement ID, Defect ID, Environment & Cycle are related to the Test Case.
    • And how can help in recording test steps, measuring the performance of release & efforts, traceability, communications and reporting.

  • Create a test data and data set  

    In this lecture you will be able to:

    • Familiarize yourself with the difference between data and data set
    • Understand the difference between Real client data and Dummy data
    • Differentiate between the usage of Dummy test data and real client data
    • Create your own test data and data set for any given test case if needed
    • Understand the importance of test data used in test cases during testing
    • Appreciate why test data records have to be meaningful
    • Appreciate how test data can uniquely identify a future defect in any application/system

  • Linking Test Cases to Requirements and Defects  

    In this lecture you will be able to learn importance of :

    • linking test cases to requirement to ensure traceability and test coverage 
    • linking test cases to defects to improve the quality of the software under test

  • Put it All Together - Manual Test Case Execution  

    You will learn & familiarize yourself with :

    • The Manual test execution steps
    • Raising Defects during the Test Cycles
    • Most important Test Phases/Types
    • Manual Testing vs Automated Testing
    • How testing is organized within the overall Project Plan & Phases 
    • How to organize your efforts during the allowed testing slot

  • Challenge #2 Compile End of Test Report  

    In this Challenge No 2 you will be able to:

    • Create your own report template using tools such Excel, Word, etc.
    • Search the internet for a suitable Test Report template
    • Compile a report and include information provided in the Resources section

    Ref: Challenge No2- Compile End Of Test Reporting.pdf in library

  • Quiz 2: The software Testing department at the start-up firm  

    The software Testing department at the start-up firm.

Using Jira, X-Ray & Confluence
  • How Jira, X-Ray & Confluence support Testing  

    In this lecture you will learn how to use Jira & X-Ray to perform the following:

    1. Create a Story/Requirement
    2. Create a new Test Template to cover Story/Requirement
    3. Link Test Template with the software Version & component
    4. Create /Import Manual Test Steps from CSV file
    5. Create Test Preconditions
    6. Create a Defect/Bug

    Gain insight on how confluence is used as a centralized collaboration tool for documents sharing in organizations, teams and departments.

    NB: Ref link:

  • Jira Test Steps  

    Lean more about Jira functionality.

Implementing & leading Jira Agile projects
  • Changing the SD Framework from Waterfall to Agile  

    From this short lecture you will familiarize yourself with:

    • different software development (SD) frameworks such as: Waterfall & Agile.
    • Jira is not only a defect management tool, it can be used to mange Agile projects.

  • Why Agile?  

    In this lecture you will be familiar with the software development stages and frameworks.

    • You will learn the difference between Agile & Waterfall.
    • Waterfall is sequential software development framework
    • Agile is incremental software development framework
    • The quality attributes of Agile are as follows:

    • 1. Rapid Development.
    • 2. Continuous delivery.
    • 3. Increases People Interaction.
    • 4. Continuous communications between teams and business stakeholders.
    • 5. Constant Feedback is given between stages to improve the quality of the software deliverables.
    • 6. An iteration is a Sprint which contains a Tested and Shippable Product.
    • 7. How Agile will help the fictitious organization to speed up their software development delivery process.

  • Implementing a Jira Agile project.  

    In this lecture you will learn how to:

    • Create a new project
    • Delete an existing project

  • Start Build Project Backlog.  

    In this lecture you will learn how to:

    • Create new sprints or move task to another one
    • Add items (Stories, Epic,Task, etc) to project backlog
    • Use Active Sprints to organize tasks i.e. "TO DO" to "IN PROGRESS" and "DONE"
    • Use the Report facility to report on current sprint status

  • Use Scrum backlog to priotorize issues  

    In this lecture you will learn ho to prioritize project issues by performing the following:

    • Edit & View issue's details
    • Assign Priorities (Highest, High, Low, etc.)
    • Identify workload and monitor Sprint Activities
    • Organize and arrange Stories into Sprints/Epics.
    • Estimate Story efforts in hrs, days & weeks

  • Create a filter & Reuse to Create Scrum Board  

    In this lecture you will be able to:

    • Create & Save a filter with your selected criteria for any existing project
    • Create Scrum Board based on the saved filter
    • Edit filter settings and share it with Group, team or project members
    • Make filter columns visible/invisible
    • Use Star flag to favorite filters

  • Create Versions and Components.  

    In this lecture you will learn how to:

    • Create release versions for a project
    • Edit & Change existing release versions
    • Create components for a project release
    • Edit & Change existing components

  • Create a project Dashboard.  

    In this lecture you will be able to:

    • Create a Jira default Dashboard
    • Create a customized Dashboard for your project with the all selected gadgets

  • Use Confulence as a collaboration tool.  

    In this lecture you will gain familiarity with the following:

    • Use Confluence to create space for a project
    • Configure space settings such as Permissions, Content tools, look & feel & integration with other external plug-ins
    • Create How to Article page

  • Generate X-Ray Test Reports.  

    In this lecture you will be able to generate several X-Ray reports and change the report criteria if needed.

    Example of such reports:

    1. Test Coverage Report
    2. Traceability Report
    3. Tests List
    4. And more...

    Also you will be able to export X-Reports to CSV file format and use the Test Case importer to import CSV file format.

  • Assignment 2: Create a Jira Project  


    Accessing Jira is closely to this assignment which is for educational purposes. You are not obliged to purchase and you should make use of it

    during the free trial period only. NB: you will be asked to sign-up.


    1. Create a simple Jira project ( e.g. The Calculator on your desk top)
    2. Create Epic, Story, Tasks, Tests, Test plan and execute & report (Ref to relevant lectures if you need help)
    3. Manage this project as a Lead
    4. Create Dashboard for your project

    Access to : Jira Cloud Version

  • Assignment 3: Create and manage your Jira Agile project  


    Create and manage your Jira Agile project.


    Click this link to access: Jira Software Cloud Version

    Have you encountered any issues or problems ? if yes please get in touch with the instructor.

  • Development Frameworks  

    Waterfall & Agile.

Other Software Testing Jobs
  • Other Software Testing jobs in demand.  

    In this lecture you will gain insight into:

    · Other software testing jobs in demand for 2019

    · Common Know-how with testing jobs

    · Skills & Tools needed for QA/Test Engineer & Automated Tester

    · Find skills wanted by job advertisers

    · Examples of High-Level Programming Languages used & wanted by companies & businesses

    · Pick the skill and do search to up skill your self

  • Useful software tools to know  

    This lecture introduces useful tools to familiarize yourself with as they are nice to learn and have on your CV,

    these tools are as follows:

    1. Jira, X-Ray & Confluence (cloud or server) - Free trial
    2. Katalon - API Web Mobile Automation Tests - Free
    3. Ranorex - Test Automation Tool - Free trial
    4. REST & SOAPUI - Testing tools - Paid + Free 
    5. Selenium Standalone Server and IDE & Selenium IDE - Web Browser based testing - Free
    6. Notepad plus - Free Text Editor with several file type formats including XML - Free


  • Sotware Testing Abbreviations.  

    Software Testing abbreviations used in the lecture.

So you want to be a Software Tester?
  • Self-Education & Certification.  

    In this lecture you:

    Will learn:

    1. Educating yourself is one the most important tools you can use to empower yourself.
    2. University degree is not the main criteria to get a job as a Software Tester.
    3. Up- skill yourself by ongoing learning and get certified is the most practical way to improve yourself and your performance at work. 

    Gain insight into:

    • Information regarding ISTQB - BCS Certified tester Foundation level
    • Exam Questions and Pass rate
    • Sample exams

    Ref links:

    NB: Not all url's could be uploaded to the lectures.

  • Job Hunt & CV Update.  

    In this lecture you will learn to:

    • Search for software testing jobs using website job portals like Indeed, Google, Dice, etc.
    • Carefully read and analyze job Ads you are searching for
    • Select the best job match relevant to your capabilities
    • Gather information about the companies you are applying via their websites
    • Search and prepare and come up with a good Resume/CV
    • Prepare work references and motivation letter
    • Keep your CV relevant, up to date & publish it on professional social media & register it with job agencies
    • Also, you will know that other candidates, may apply for the same job including more qualified candidates than yourself

  • Interview Questions & Screening.  

    In this lecture you will learn:

    •  How to be well prepared before the job interview
    •  How to preempt all possible questions that might pop-up in the interview
    •  Not to rely on positive vibes or hints from the interviewer during the interview
    •  Not to show any weakness relevant to the job you are applying for (turn your weakness into strength if applicable)
    •  How leadership, personal quality, soft-skills and integration are equally important as well as doing the job

  • How to start as a software tester in the UK.  

    In this lecture you will gain insight into

    • Software testing jobs in the UK as a contractor with an Agency, Permanent or start your own LTD Company
    • Software testing job salaries
    • The difference between Umbrella & Own LTD company

    Access the following resources in the Resources section:

    1. Umbrella company guide for contractors
    2. IR35 affects all contractors
    3. Contractor Calculators
    4. Contractor UK main Site

    Ref links:

  • Possible job interview questions.  

    What would be your next salary? and more...

Challenge No 3: Manual or Automated testing.
  • Challenge Introduction.  

    In this lecture you will learn how to take up a challenge given by your test manger to:

    • Search & assess various automated test tools & Plug-ins
    • Come up with comparison & conclusion to decide if Manual or Automated test procedures or both are best suited for the Firm's upcoming Web, Mobile devices and E-commerce projects.

  • Manual vs Automated Conclusions.  

    This is the final part of the challenge where you are going learn how to:

    Gather your findings and decide which Automated test tool would help you better to test

    the Firm's upcoming Web, Mobile devices and E-commerce projects.

    Ref: Excel file Assignment Nbr 4 to submit your proposal.

The Extras: Links too Software Testing Trend for 20019
  • Software Testing Trend for 20019  

    Ref links:

  • How to Earn Money from testing.  

    Please note: The links in the External Resources are Free but you are required to Sign-up to join as a tester

    In this lecture you will be able to:

    • Register in any of the sites in the External Resources section
    • Follow their instructions and guidance on how to become a tester
    • Choose your level of test expertise
    • Undertake given project assignments
    • Earn Money from home testing websites, applications as per completed assignment as instructed

  • Bonus Lecture: ISTQB Exam preparation link  

    In this section I've included a link to sample Exam preparation.

  • Thank you!  

     I hope you enjoyed this course, your comments and reviews will be greatly appreciated to help me improve this course.

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