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What Essential Questions Should Testers Ask?

Ministry of Testing
4 min readNov 23, 2021


Hi there,

Asking questions is the bread and butter of our testing craft. We ask questions about the things we test and the processes we are part of. And we often ask questions about our own capabilities and approach — hopefully with kindness in mind. So I very much enjoyed all the replies to this tweet.

How about you, what essential questions should testers ask? Feel free to reply to the tweet or send me a message. I’d love to hear from you!

- Simon, CommunityBoss

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