About Software Quality Control / Testing
Software Quality control is the process of testing the application’s output according to the defined inputs and comparing them with the expected results.
The quality control team helps to improve the quality by testing and confirming that all the
requirements are fulfilled in the delivered application.
Testing should be done in each phase in the life cycle for any application, testing the
requirements, testing the design, testing the code, testing the functionality and finally testing the
The Quality control or verification is the checking or testing of items, for conformance and
consistency with the defined specification. While Quality assurance or validation is the process of
checking that what has been specified is what is actually wanted.
About Career Planning
Career planning is the process which includes choosing an occupation, getting a job, growing in
your job, possible changing careers and eventually retiring.
As a start figuring out who you are will guide you to a better career decision.
Self assessment help figuring out who you are which is the process of gathering information
about your self including skills, interests, likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses.
The knowledge you gain from the personal interests, attitude and values reports (self
assessment) will help you:
Take control of your decisions, your life direction.
Appreciation of the others.
Gain flexibility of being able to see life from different view points.
Increase your satisfaction and fulfillment in life.
Aiding in setting your career goal.
Other assistances to set your career goal are by listing some of the following:
What you hope to accomplish
Aspects of activities you like and dislike
Skills you have developed through education, jobs, hobbies, volunteer work, clubs and
Training you had that can be applied to future jobs
Personal time and effort you are willing to commit to preparing for career advancement
Supporting courses that are needed
Finally the career planning process can be simplified with an assessment of your own “SWOT”:
S : Strengths W : Weaknesses O : Opportunities T : Threats
Inside Quality Control
Within your Quality Control career years, you will gain or improve a lot of skills & techniques.
Whatever skills you have born or grow within you, you can learn other skills. Some of the
important skills are:
1. Customer Service communication
Learn to deal with all kind of external customers regardless their technical knowledge. Self control
against their needs rejects or complaints. Ability to drive technical requirements out of customer
needs and desires.
2. Team communication
Learn how to deal within the same team member, member of other teams or leaders.
Communicating such things as to provide clear picture of any change happened and sharing the
change information with other team members.
3. Technical writing
Ability to effectively present information, write speeches and articles for publication that conform
to prescribed style and format. Learning guidelines of how to write a clear, simple and direct
writing to all kind of recipients technical or non technical.
4. Time management
The purpose is not to learn to effectively use the official and personal time. Everyone has 24
hours a day. Some can do more things than others within the same time available.
5. Technical knowledge
Even with a non IT background you can learn and start your quality control career path.
Essential things to grow faster in your QC career:
• Testing methodologies.
• Testing types.
• Technical knowledge about the application you are working on (web-based,
• Standards, methodologies applicable on the application you are working on.
• Creating test plans.
• Develop system document, system architecture.
• Ability to create and read design drawing.
Milestones within Software Quality Testing
Understanding the Testing Process
Communication Technical Writing
Understanding Quality Process
Needs Project Management Leadership
Beyond this are the levels of Project Leads, Managers etc.
• Familiarity with software programming.
• Software life cycle.
• Testing and developing tools.
• Database and SQL basics.
As a leader you should have:
• Diplomatic skills to deal with the team which will create a better working environment that
Improve employee creativity.
Increase their responsibility.
Comfort employee to give their opinions and discuss them.
• Good judgment for hiring employee and keeping skilled people
• Ability to focus in all system process and details
• Ability to prioritize the working plan
• Control to run meetings and keep attendances focused as cross-functional meetings
• Influencing and persuading skills to drive changes to team member
7. Judgment skills
Used when testing and with defect tracking. Also used by a leader as for assessing high risk
areas of an application, time planning, cost effectiveness and production efficiency.
8. Other personal improvement
In addition to the above skills you can develop:
• Flexibility, openness, ready to give and accept feedback.
• Courage to take decision when there is a critical situation with no time for discussion
• Problem solving, mathematic and statistical skills
• Intellectual stimulation and logical/ lateral thinking methods