The very obvious responsibility of a software tester is to test the programs and report the bugs. During the test planning and preparation stages of testing, testers are to review and construct test plans along with analyzing and assessing the requirements of the design.
The responsibilities differ depending on the firms that one is associated with. For example, smaller companies are able to hire lesser people and hence an individual employed in such a company has to tackle much more responsibilities than the employees of a bigger company.
Apart from their obvious functions, software testers are given additional responsibilities depending on the companies they work for. Some of these add-ons include:
• To point out the errors made during the development of the program
• To make sure of a certain quality standard of the software
• To increase the customer’s confidence on as well as their satisfaction from the program
• To ensure that the application does not result in a failure. Or else it will take a toll in the later phases of development.
• Understand the requirements of the software and clarify doubts regarding the same
• Learn about the software that is being tested and all the other software that are associated with it
• Understanding the entire plan of the master project
• Create required test data for the procedure of testing
• Maintain test logs
• Design specific cases of testing according to the requirements
• Create testing plans
• Organize the necessary test beds of hardware, software and network.
• Report the bugs to the stakeholders
• Inform the stakeholders of the test results
• Attend to bug reports that have been returned
• Update the cases of testing as defects are discovered
• Conduct a re-test of the resolved bug issues
• Update the automation of tests depending on the updated cases of testing
• Report the progress in work to the project manager or team lead
• Help the team out through providing them with inputs