[Webinar] Become a Business + Quality Enabler

I was featured in a webinar where me and my work colleague talked about how being a business and quality enabler.

I had a chance to be a part in a Quality Engineering webinar hosted by 99X Technology along with one of my work colleague, Tharindra Jayamaha – Associate QA Architect at 99X Technology. 

First, we talked about the common misconception about the quality assurance. Many people think that quality assurance is just the testing. We explained that there are more things to the quality assurance that the testing. Then we talked about how quality assurance professionals can think differently to deliver a high quality product. There we talked about using journey maps and Personas.

We also talked about important of understanding the users. Tools that qa professionals can use to identify / understand the users. Finally we explained the importance of being a quality + business enabler to your project.

Then we had a QnA session. We received lots of questions and hopefully we were able to answer every one of those questions. 

Here is a recorded video link for the webinar

Let’s make “Testing” great again

How you can make testing great again! Session conducted for SLASSCOM – Quality Circle.

Quality Circle, Initiative driven under SLASSCOM ( Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies ) organized a Quality Engineering session on latest Quality Engineering trends. I had the privilege to do a session on how we can make testing in a more interesting way. My topic title was ‘Let’s make testing great again’

I talked about the problems testers might have in the traditional delivery model and how we can avoid those problems by using a new way of doing the testing such as introducing Personas to testing.

I also talked about using Journey maps to Personas and how testers can think in a different way.

It was a well-organized event with lots of enthusiastic participation. Thank you SLASSCOM – Quality Circle for organizing an event like this 🙂

Expectations from QA Interns

What Industry really expects from a Quality Engineering Intern?

Internships are great chance to gain the industry exposure and insight of a real life project. Everyone wants to get the best out of the internship. In general, Interns are looking to get a valuable work experience that would benefit them in their future work-life.

This is an attempt to give insight from the company perspective, what they expect from an intern & how a person should prepare for a QA Internship interview.

I don’t have any project exposure, Will it be a problem?

Of course not, We know that you don’t have the real project experiences. So we won’t ask questions on that. But If you are applying for an internship, then you are probably a third-year or fourth-year university student. You should probably go through a couple of university projects. So expect questions from these projects/project related areas. Your contributions to the project / your role in the project will be a good starting questions for interviewers.

Do I need to know about QA terminologies?

We don’t expect you to remember the ISTQB definition of testing terminologies. But the basic level of understanding is expected. You are applying for a QA Internship, so you should know about test Cases, basic testing types, test designing techniques, defect life cycle.

In addition to above, you should be able to explain/demonstrate your knowledge in test case document/Defects. If someone asks you to name few items in a test case, Please don’t start with Test Case ID, There are far more important things in a test case other than the test case ID 🙂

Do I need to know about automation testing/performance testing?

Depends. We don’t expect vast knowledge about automation/performance testing from a QA intern. But it would be a huge advantage for you If you know anything about automation testing or performance testing. If you are passionate about the non-functional testing or If you read about these testing types, do share your knowledge/ learning to the interview panel. The company would be much pleased to recruit you.

I learn quality assurance in my final year and I got A+ for this, Do I need to prepare for the interview?

Yes, Still you need to prepare! You should prove your worthiness to the interview panel, then only they will recruit you. Remember nobody gives you anything for free. Also, interview panel won’t ask you straightforward questions from what you learned in your final year, they will try to apply it to a real-world scenario. So be prepared for questions like that!

How to face/prepare for a QA Internship interview

  1. First go through your CV as much as you can. Interviewers can ask questions based on things you’ve mentioned.
  2. Speak clearly to the questions. Good communication skills are much expected from QA professionals.
  3. Be prepared to design test cases for given scenarios.
  4. Be ready to write simple SQL statements or simple program ( on your preferred language )
  5. Expect some impromptu questions, to test your analytical skills / logical thinking skills – Something like writing a pseudo code for a scenario.

Hope this little piece of points are good enough for you to nail your next internship interview!

Colombo Performance Test Meetup – April

It’s Meetup season again and I was privileged to do a session on Performance Testing in Colombo Performance Test meetup organized by the PerfTest Initiative of 99X Technology. It was collaborative session conducted by me and Nipuna Madusanka, a fellow Xian.

Chamal's Blog_PerfTest Meetup

What we talked…

Since we wanted to do something different for the meetup, (Other than the generic topics that we usually see in meetups), We thought of doing something about continuous integration (CI). CI is not a new topic, but CI integration with non-functional testing is kinda of new and cool (At least for us: D)

So after a couple of deep discussions, we decided the structure of the meetup. It was decided to have a theoretical session and a practical session. In theory session, we planned to explain the back end of a implemented solution and importance of having the CI environment.

In the practical session, we decided to use the Jenkins (a) Because everyone knows it (b) Everyone at least heard about it, Also as an additional bonus point, we decided to add Blazemeter integration part. Now, this part was something that I and Nipuna found out after a couple of research and we thought it was a really cool feature.


Apart from countless hours of rectifying the errors in the presentation, we ran into a couple of configuration issues related to Jenkins, which was not easy to fix. However, we managed to fix those by the eve of the meetup 😀

Meetup Day

It was thrilling to have a good turnaround for the meetup. There were lots of questions from the crowd, which were really interesting (That may also be an indicator that we didn’t bore the crowd )



It is absolutely thrilling to see the increasing number of performance enthusiasts in the testing arena, We’ve received lots of positive feedback on the meetup.com. Lots of people tried the things we presented at the meetup, which is again really wonderful thing to see. Thank you very much 99XT Performance Test Team for the opportunity to talk in this platform.

In case If you missed the session, Here’s the link to the presentation.

QA Dummy – Starting point

This is basically a blogging platform to enable others to contribute. This concept is widely used in global arena but not in Sri Lanka. So this is my take on to implement this in local industry.What I’ve understood from the past couple of years that, Sri Lankan QA professionals are somewhat isolated among others. Especially when comparing with the other IT professionals. They are just known/recognized as set of bunch who do some verification of the application/software, or rather a final go-to-person to give OK to a release. But If you dig bit deeper, QA department of most companies is representing 10% -20% of the revenue. But we are the least recognized, Sadly!

Also when QAs are allocated to a certain project, they are there for a long period of time. On plus side, they can master the domain and be an expert on that particular domain. But again this leads to the first step of being isolated. Nobody knows what you are doing. You don’t get the recognition for the stuffs you did.

So this idea first came to address above issue. Then when I think more about this, I’ve got several ideas and I’ve decided to write all of those ideas on a piece of paper.

So basically, I’ve 05 main ideas;

  1. Blog articles – Ideas is to be a common platform to anyone to write. May be you are a QA lead or a QA engineer or a Trainee, Designation doesn’t matter. Complexity of the article/post doesn’t matter. If you are passionate about writing about your experience then this platform will provide you the space and publish the post with given recognition/credits to you.
  2. Provide help on exams – Everyone of us would like to do / plan to do the famous ISTQB exam. But most of us are postponing that because of a) We don’t have time b) We don’t have resources c) We don’t have the motivation. So this platform will provide the necessary motivation/resources to do. Maybe we can combine all good ISTQB resources to a one place, So anyone can refer them easily without spending hours on google.
  3. Meetup coverage – Nowadays we have so many meetups. SLASSCOM quality circle is organizing some valuable meetups. But truth to be told, it’s bit difficult to find the time to attend those meetup. Sometimes we are having major release or a client call or may be a personal commitment. What If someone ( from the participant’s point of view ) can write ( or give a coverage ) about the meetup / or upload a video of the full meetup. then the people who missed the event can access it and get something from it.
  4. Create a forum – We have so many question about our job, Testing methods/ Automation opportunities ? So here, we can post our problems and we can point them to right direction/right person to answer.
  5. Expert article series – QA industry is matured, we have people over 20+ years of industry experience. We can interview them and share their experience about testing. Perhaps this will benefit to the newcomers to select the right path.

Right. So missions are defined. Then I needed a good name. I’ve got different names/ideas but finally decided to go with QA DUMMY. Of course, I was inspired by the “Dummy book series” 🙂

So with all these, I’ve sketched the basic structure. I have ( had ) a WordPress site ( http://qadummy.wordpress.com ). So rather than creating a separate web/blog site, I’ve decided to change some content of my old wordpress site to suite to new requirement.

Then came the investment part. I knew that It’s not going to work, If I go with the wordpress.com extension. So then I’ve searched for the hosting options and most of them are going to cost me around $30 – $40. After considering so many things, I’ve decided to buy the [.]com domain for a one year. ( If it is goes well, then fine – But If it is not, the also it’s fine. Simple If-else saves the life )

So when everything is done, I’ve informed my ideas to few of my immediate leads and I was received good and positive feedback. Most of them were really keen to write/contribute to this, which makes me really thrilled. Then I’ve shared this idea with my peers in my company and some selected colleagues outside the company. Good feedback from everywhere 🙂

So, My initial ideas was to run this thing for one year ( at least till [.] com domain name expires ). I will contribute to this as much as I can and I’m sure that most of my fellow QA folks will do the same. After all this is all about us 🙂


Software Testing 101 : Unit Testing

Before even go further, I must emphasize that even though I’ve listed this under the Software Testing 101 article series, This is not a testing type performed by the QA Engineers. Unit testing is performed by Developers.Unit Testing : In this phrase, a unit can refer to a function, individual program or even procedure. Biggest advantage is that by performing this, we can identify the whether the application functions as designed in the early phase. Also it can be run every time a piece of code is changed.

Bugs can be found early as possible by adding unit testing to the software development process ( or even to the CI : Continuous Integration process ). Unit tests normally runs on every day, So whenever there is a code break, It will notify to the relevant party, before it goes to the QA team.

Software Testing 101 : Testing types

Today I’m going to talk about one of the widely used to testing type. That is Regression Test.

According to ISTQB (International Software Testing Quality Board), Regression testing is,

Testing of a previously tested program following modification to ensure  that defects have not been introduced or uncovered in unchanged areas of the software, as a result of the changes made. It is performed when the software or its environment is changed.

What is the purpose of the Regression Test?

The purpose of Regression Testing is to verify, if code change introduces issues/defects into the existing functionality. There are so many kinds of possible changes that can impact the existing functionality in an application system. Even the simplest change to the code could impact previously tested functionality.

When should you use Regression Tests?

As in the definition says, Regression testing should occur when code changes are made to a previously tested application. Regression test plan can help to identify the areas of focus/ important areas for the client. This can be created from the input from development team/ QA Team and  client.

Regression testing can occur in :

  1. New features are introduced.
  2. Defects/Issues are fixed.
  3. Database changes

More importantly, Regression testing is a strong candidate for Test Automation.



ISTQB® –This might be the most widely used word in QA community, probably after ‘bug’ ( or ‘Automation’ ) 😉

What is ISTQB?

ISTQB stands for International Software Testing Qualifications Board. They are offering set of examinations to evaluate QA professionals across the world. So basically, It’s like SCJP OCJP for Java Developers or MCTS for .NET developers.

Why people prefer to do ISTQB examination ?

Apart from using the title after your name, there are some actual benefits that you could gain by doing this examination.

How It works? 

Right, This is the examination path defined by ISTQB. There are two main categories/ exam types. Foundation Level and Advanced Level. Advanced level has 03 different categories ( Test Manager / Test Analyst /Technical Test Analyst )

Right, Sounds Interesting. How much Do I need to pay ?

You have to pay around 15,000 Rs (For the foundation level exams) and around 25,000 Rs (for the Advanced level examinations). Please note that examination cost are subject to change.

Registration procedure is pretty is simple.

1.Contact agent from Sri Lanka Software Testing Board
2.Pay for exam
3.Study & do the exam
4.Wait for the results ( This may take around 2 weeks )
5.Get the certificate

Cross browser testing

A web application that behaves precisely as expected in one web browser might have some issues when run in another web browser. Application might work well in Google Chrome but not in Safari or in Firefox. Reasons for this is that different browsers render the applets, JavaScript, Flash, AJAX requests in different ways.

It’s very important as a QA professional to do a cross browser testing for a website. Recently I had the chance to dig more into this as I got an assignment with regard to this. Here are my findings in this area.

How do you conduct a cross browser testing?

Most simple way or the most common way to start would be to develop a set of check list of the functions that web site must perform & then methodically open up the web site in multiple browsers to very against the checklist.


There are some commercial tools such as BrowserStack, SauceLabs which have the capability to do the cross browser testing. These tools also can be used for the test Automation.

Software Testing 101 – Test Automation

Test Automation is the use of software to control the execution of tests. Test Automation is the best way to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and coverage of the software testing.

Manual software testing is done by a human sitting in front of a computer, going through the set of screens/ checking the logics.  Automated software testing is an alternative to manual testing, where software tools, not human executes the tests.

Most commonly used test automation tools in the industry
  • Selenium
  • Telerik
  • Appium
  • Cucumber
  • HP Win Runner

Test Automation benefits

  • Improves the testing efficiency
  • Cost reduction on test
  • Human resources are free to use some other tests such as exploratory tests
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Re usability

Things to consider when doing the test automation

There are some facts/things that you need to consider before deciding the test automation for a project.

  • Status of the Project: Requirement should be finalized and more importantly stable. Another aspect would be the User Interfaces. UIs should be finalized, as it could be costly to change the automation suite to accommodate requirement changes/UI changes.
  • Resources: Skilled resources will always play a role. Building the automation script requires a programming knowledge. Also it would be good to pick a person who has the knowledge on the particular tool.
  • Tool: How well the selected tool support to your project? Does it have a good community support?