Underrated Software Testing Tools

  • Pen and paper
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Notepads
  • Flow charts
  • Mind maps

There’s a lot of hype now about test management and automated checking tools, and I understand why. They’re powerful, they make testing tasks management, documentation, and output validation faster and easier for software testers if used properly, if integrated to the testing process by testers who fully comprehend the complexities of what testing is as well as the tools themselves. But the thing is, that big if matters. Such tools often don’t help beginners much, and are usually counterproductive. When trainees focus on automation and test scripting, they can forget what testing is really all about, and they can actually hinder the practice of testing skills that are more important when they concentrate on syntax and assertions instead of test ideas. Problem solving, collaboration, empathy, storytelling, and thinking skills matter more, and the listed tools above help us master those.

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