New to Testing, Which is the best way to start contributing?

Nicholas Skaggs nicholas.skaggs at
Mon Nov 18 16:16:30 UTC 2013

Ryuken, thanks for the feedback. It can feel overwhelming, but please 
any suggestions you may have as you move through the knowledge transfer 
process please let us know :-)

As far as your questions, I think the best and easiest way to start is 
to run some testcases. You can choose to do image or package tests. The 
package trackers have tests for every image and all the default desktop 
packages for ubuntu and most flavors.

So for instance if you are running ubuntu, this is the page with the 
list of package testcases for trusty:

Pick your favorite app, or simply something that hasn't yet been tested. 
Let's say totem.

Read the testcase, execute it and report your results. If you find a 
bug, report it :-) By helping with testing, try and plan on running 
through these testcases a few times over the course of the cycle and 
foaster any bugs you might find until they are fixed. Does this make sense?

After you've gone through the listed testcases, you can choose to help 
by writing a test we don't currently have (look at the test write role 
for that), or doing exploratory testing to look for bugs (or anything 
else on the page :-) ). Exploratory testing means you don't have a 
specific script to follow. Instead you are looking at specific 
applications and trying to find bugs. It's like a puzzle :-) Try and 
break the software. You'll find you get better at it over time.


On 11/16/2013 11:41 AM, Phill Whiteside wrote:
> Hi,
> yes can be a bit overwhelming! Have a look at 
> which I think breaks things down 
> into more bite-sized chunks that will not overload the brain!
> If you have any suggestions as to how to make that area better; you 
> are the person best able to suggest things as you seeking information 
> and the idea behind that page is to be able to answer your questions.
> Regards,
> Phill.
> On 16 November 2013 16:33, Ryuken Iwaski <ryuken2 at 
> <mailto:ryuken2 at>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     I checked the page for
>     the testing. I also checked Nicholas's video for the testing and
>     learned few things.
>     However, being new to the testing activities makes me a bit
>     overwhelmed. So I read up on the software testing lifecycle
>     information from the wikipedia and other sources.
>     So to start small at first, I wanted to know which is the easiest
>     task to start from to contribute?
>     e.g. Like writing test cases or like reporting bugs or using
>     defect reporting tool.
>     Just not sure what to do and where to start.
>     I appreciate any pointers to get me out of information overload.
>     Thanks
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