Software testing is a science that requires years of constant reading and learning. There is a certain level of knowledge that every QA engineer needs to have. Learning software testing is an ongoing process. The IT field is evolving more and more and new advanced systems and applications are emerging every day. It is because of this, a good QA engineer needs to be very flexible and adaptable in such an evolving environment.

Today, we bring to you a list of top 5 books for QA engineers who are just entering this interesting yet difficult field of the tech world, accorting to Apiumhub.

Testing Computer Software
Authors. Nguyen, Jack Falk

This book is a true classic that is well suited for beginning QA engineers. The authors thoroughly cover a wide range of issues from the organization of the QA process to the actual testing of documentation, code, projects, and more. The book will provide you with the right tools to approach software testing, and also give you information that would be extremely useful.

In the pages of the book, you will find testing techniques used in agile development approaches.

Testing Computer Software
Author: Lee Copeland

Again the same title but different content. IT professionals identify this book as one of the best books for QA engineers that can be very useful for professionals at different levels. It only covers test design and does not address the issues of test planning and process organization. In it you can find both new methods and in-depth descriptions of already known ones. For example, “Testing Computer Software” describes seven “black box” and several “white box” testing approaches.

At the end of the book there is a section with conclusions and a list of other authors’ works on the subject that may also be useful.

How Google Tests Software
Authors: James Whittaker, Jason Arbon, Jeff Carollo

This book describes how the best QA professionals conduct their tests. The book provides an overview of Google’s approach to software testing, followed by chapters on the two roles of a test engineer at Google, namely the roles of software test engineer (SET) and test engineer (TE). Throughout the book there are sections and interviews with many other Google employees, with the final chapter devoted to some advice on testing at Google.

Lessons Learned in Software Testing
Authors: Cem Kaner, James Bach, Bret Pettichord

This book is a gem for QA engineers, offering a rich array of tips, hints, and techniques suitable for both novices and seasoned professionals in software testing. It delves into essential areas such as testing techniques, automated testing (with insightful discussions on its limitations), test documentation, and project management.

The book proceeds to enlighten readers on cultivating a tester’s mindset and provides intriguing cross-disciplinary references for improving testing practices. Further chapters discuss various testing techniques, bug identification and resolution, and the nuances of test automation.

Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams
Authors: Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory

This book introduces the concept of Agile testing quadrants as a framework for determining testing needs, identifying suitable testers, and selecting appropriate tools. Here are some essential takeaways for QA engineers:

  • How to get testers engaged in agile development
  • Where testers and QA managers fit on an agile team
  • What to look for when hiring an agile tester
  • How to transition from a traditional cycle to agile development
  • How to complete testing activities in short iterations
  • How to use tests to successfully guide development
  • How to overcome barriers to test automation
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