Software testing like any other field requires constant learning and keeping up with the changing trends and happening in the testing world. One such way of keeping abreast of these trends is reading software testing books.
In this article, we have compiled a list of the top 10 software testing books that every tester should read. These books are recommended for both freshers as well as experienced software testing professionals. So, let’s begin.
Foundations of Software Testing ISTQB Certification
This book is best suited for beginners who want to start their careers in software testing. This book is structured with the ISTQB foundation-level course. So, it will not only help you with the basic concepts of testing but at the same time, it will also help you in preparing for the ISTQB certification exam. After each chapter, you will find sample questions at the end.
Software Testing Practice – Test Management – A Study Guide for the Certified Tester Exam ISTQB Advanced Level
This book is for experienced software testers. It is particularly useful for test managers or someone who wants to move up the ladder and become a test manager. It addresses the major issues related to testing management practices and follows the Advanced Level ISTQB exam syllabus.
Lessons Learned in Software Testing: A Context-Driven Approach
This book is based on the ‘context-driven approach’ to testing. A testing approach popularized by James Bach, one of the writers of this book. The whole book is in the form of lessons containing the usual pitfalls to avoid during testing. In addition, it contains tips and tricks to employ while testing different types of projects.
Exploratory Software Testing: Tips, Tricks, Tours, And Techniques To Guide Test Design
This book is based on Exploratory testing, a type of testing in which no test cases are created in advance. Instead, it includes exploring the application and creating the test cases, and executing them along the way.
It is particularly helpful in uncovering the bugs which cannot be found using conventional testing. This book will help you in understanding the intricacies of exploratory testing and help you in mastering this technique.
Software Testing: Principles and Practices
Software Testing: Principles and Practices by Srinivasan Desikan covers a wide array of software testing topics including modern testing practices like extreme testing. This book is best suited for freshers or someone new to testing. With this, you can understand the different types of testing along with simple examples.
Software Testing: A Craftsman’s Approach 4th edition
Software Testing: A Craftsman’s Approach by Paul C. Jorgensen, covers model-based testing for both white-box or structural and black-box or specification-based test design techniques. Apart from this, it also covers topics like testing in an Agile environment, test-driven development, and all-pairs testing.
A Practitioner’s Guide to Software Test Design
A Practitioner’s Guide to Software Test Design By Lee Copeland covers the different types of testing and test design techniques. Its numerous case studies and real-life examples will help you in understanding the different intricacies of testing with a practical approach.
How to Break Web Software: Functional and Security Testing of Web Applications and Web Services
This book is particularly dedicated to security testing. It addresses the different types of software vulnerabilities and helps you master multiple security testing tools and techniques. With this, you will be able to find vulnerabilities in the application and help the developers mitigate them.
Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams
This book is written by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory. It focuses on testing of projects based on Agile methodology. Since agile has now become one of the widely used software development methodologies, so this book will help you in understanding the role of tester and the whole testing process employed in Agile projects.
Buddha in Testing: Finding Peace in Chaos
A book suited for both beginners as well as experienced QA professionals. This books will help you with answers to the different challenges faced during testing. Through this book, the author Pradeep Soundarajan has compiled his thoughts and perspective on the whole testing process that will help the readers to advance in their careers.
This completes our list of top software testing books for both beginners as well as experienced professionals. If you feel we have missed any popular software testing book then you can let us know the same in the comments section.
Kuldeep is the founder and lead author of ArtOfTesting. He is skilled in test automation, performance testing, big data, and CI-CD. He brings his decade of experience to his current role where he is dedicated to educating the QA professionals. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.