The importance of the Soft skills
Testing like any other field of activity requires an QA engineer to possess certain skills. Professional, practical, experience skills are usually called «hard skills». Social skills, behavioral, emotional skills are called «soft skills». These skills cannot be called purely professional, they are more personal and they do not depend on the specifics of the work. These skills include the ability to communicate, self-discipline, responsibility, ability to solve problems and time management.
Let's find out why these skills, seemingly not related to the direct responsibilities of a tester, are so important.
First, let's look at one of the core skills - the ability to communicate. This skill is very important in modern business conditions for any profession. The IT industry is no exception. Most of the projects in the tech world are organized by teams. Coordinated interaction between team members is very important for successful teamwork. Look at the list of skills that are very important for QA-engineer in a team: