Like any other career, QA testing involves continuous education and staying updated with the fluctuating trends in the testing field. A form of keeping up-to-date with these movements is reading testing books.
BrainRocket has chatted with Anastasiya Krylova, Head of QA, to gather a checklist of her top QA testing books everyone should read. These are advised for both novices and seasoned QA testing experts.According to Anastasiya, one of the “must-have” books for experienced engineers is “Lessons Learned in Software Testing’' by Bret Pettichord, Cem Kaner, and James Marcus Bach. These guys lend you their knowledge and years of industry background to assist you in bypassing the most typical errors in testing software.
Another top-notch book is Lee Copeland’s A Practitioner’s Guide to Software Test Design, which Anastasiya thinks is one of the most suitable books for proficient QA engineers. It advises you on creating the best test documentation, finding pretty defects quickly, and optimizing your test strategies—highly recommended for professional growth.
Then, we should pay some special attention to the UX. According to her, every QA engineer should read the fantastic book “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug and “The Inmates are Running the Asylum” by Alan Kuper. These books are old but still so authentic.
And in case you don’t enjoy reading or don’t have the time to do so, there are a lot of podcasts in the QA world. For instance, Anastasiya recommends the archive of Test Talks and Radio QA. From there, she likes several podcasts about testing Strategy For Agile methodologies.
Finally, remember that you can find a lot of valuable hints and tips in the vlogs, blogs, and Telegram channels. Don’t miss any updates thanks to these sites: https://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/ and https://t.me/links_from_testbase.
To wrap it up, Anastasiya commented: “Have a good learning experience and enjoy it to the maximum! And remember that: "You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.”