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What does it take to build an effective testing team?

Though each member in a testing team is unique, and every team has its own special way of working – there are some common characteristics found in every productive testing team. It is these characteristics which make them stand out from the clutter and help them deliver effective products.

Here is a list of things which increases the productivity of a testing team:

1. A responsible leader

Every team has a leader, but for a team to be successful it is important that it is being lead by a person who takes the responsibility that each operation runs smoothly, oversees the completion of assignments, and most of all takes the channelises the knowledge and expertise of every member in the team in order to deliver the best results.

Another quality of a good team leader is that his power should not be seen as a threatening quality by the members of his team. As this is sure to add an element of stress in the team members.

2. A congenial work culture

The work culture should be such that your team members show interest in meeting up for work and sharing their views and concerns. A work place which does not give opportunity to its team to openly discuss and put across their ideas is in fact killing the creativity of the team. Thus congenial work culture is a MUST for an testing team.

3. Clear-cut objectives

Often it is seen that teams fail to deliver the expected results not due to lack of expertise or skills, but because the objectives / end-goal of the projects have not been well defined. This leads to a lot of confusion, duplication of work as well as effects the morale of the team members. Therefore the testing team members should be kept in loop about what the project is all about, what should be delivered and most of all a clear-cut demarcation of every members job on the project is required.

4. A sense of commitment

Successful testing teams world over, have one thing in common – an immense sense of commitment. This is a quality which needs to be built and nurtured so that the team can not only perform well, but the company, the client as well as the team members reap long-term gains.

The team leader and the management of the organization play a crucial role in building the sense of trust, commitment and organization building in its employees.

5. No place for EGO

A team is a mix of people from different backgrounds, talents and capabilities. Thus there is a good chance that there emerges a clash of ego among its members. For any team to work well, the element of ego should be shunned. This can be done through easy communication and problem resolving, rather than back-biting and passing on the responsibilty on someone else.

In fact there should be an in-built mechanics through which all the varied opinions and arguments can be addressed. At the and no member in the team should feel left out or should be given extra priority.

Testing involves a lot of work, perseverance as well as good amount of communication. Also this is one job which can turn stressful and wherein even a minor mistake can collapse the whole system. Therefore for any testing team to perform well it is essential that they follow the above given points.

Though this is not an exhaustive list, but these characteristics form the foundation of every effective testing team.

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