How is Testing Like Snorkeling?

Imagine a tester is on vacation (a much needed break) and is snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. This tester is not the greatest swimmer and is very reliant upon the equipment (mask, snorkel, float, fins, expensive underwater video camera). These reliable equipment help the tester stay afloat, allowing the Tester to focus on enjoying the beauty of the reef and fish, rather than on the mechanisms of swimming.

Similar to a tester snorkeling on a reef, testers need tools to help with the testing process so they are able to use their mind, eyes, and imagination to explore and test. Currently, testers can use screenshot-capturing tools to capture and annotate one image at a time, but not the whole experience. There is also the option of using video recording tools that capture the entire tour, but video files are huge which is ineffective in communicating to target audiences about the existence of a particular defect and steps to reproduce it. In both circumstances, in order to produce a decent defect report, testers need to belabor on adding description about the steps they perform, the input data they use, how the screens links with one another, what test environment they are using and why the outcome isn’t the one expected. All of a sudden, testing is not fun anymore due to insufficient tools, excessive typing, and tedious repetition! Just like how snorkeling can be boring if one has to manage to stay afloat.

Now, what if our Tester had the ultimate equipment to allow them to not worry about defect capturing and reporting (the swimming part) and allowed them to focus on finding more defects (fish) as they explore the application under test (the reef)? QASymphony has introduced the ultimate snorkeling equipment for the Tester – qTrace. With qTrace, the Tester can focus on using their mind and skills to test, while qTrace keeps them afloat by automating a bulk of the housekeeping work.

Here is how qTrace work:

  • As testers exercise the application under test, qTrace automatically and unobtrusively captures all screenshots and actions (click a menu item, click a button, press a key, type some text etc.) that are performed.
  • When finding enough defects, testers can have qTrace present their past actions and captured screenshots in a rich and highly customizable user interface with which testers can add description, manipulate and annotate screens and steps anyway they want.
  • Once finishing, testers can either submit the defect report to a defect tracker (qTrace has built-in integration with many leading trackers), save it to a disk or email it in one or two clicks. Did I mention that qTrace also captures the test environment (e.g. OS, hardware, application version, installation location etc.) and allows testers to include them in the defect report? This is what we mean by sufficient tooling.

That’s how qTrace help testers stay afloat and enjoy the tour. There is no tool like it available in the market today. Learn more about qTrace by watching our 1-minute introduction video and trying our 30 day free no-obligation trial at

Enjoy the reef and find more fish!

1 comment on How is Testing Like Snorkeling?

  1. Avatar Trang Bui says:

    As a tester trying to use qTrace in my testing job for some projects, I really feel that my testing is effective and efficient with qTrace supporting. Just record, edit something if I need and click submit. Woa, my good detailed defects are there on my Bugzilla. It saves my time a lot comparing with the traditional work I used to do like taking pictures, drawing and add note, go to Bugzilla to enter step and description and attach pictures.
    Observe Dev team working with me, I see them happy to because my very detailed defects from qTrace make them easily to reproduce.
    Just an additional useful for my daily work, I often use qTrace to document guidelines. Easy to understood documents are sent to my clients with good feedback.
    Using qTrace is a positive change in my tasks and it makes me more enjoy with the job which is considered as a bored job as somebody’s thought. For me, testing is not a bored job and now testing is a very very interesting job with qTrace.

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