The trends going on in the area of software testing is more impactful than we have ever seen. When we closely analyze the change behind the software testing we will see that those current trends are driven by internal industry-driven factors as well as external factors.
The contribution of External Factors
Factors contributing to changes in software testing externally are discussed below.
- The ever growing use of technology in our day to day lives. We use apps both as consumer and business users. According to the latest report, we use 9 apps on an average on our phones daily. This can increase multiple folds if we consider other technologies.
- Demand for new applications and improvement in old versions is increasing day by day that has created an expectation of releasing more code. This has certainly raised the demand of DevOps model that can help release code 30X faster.
These factors have made every company dig deep into software development and testing.
The contribution of Internal Factors
There are many internal factors that build pressure on software testing teams to achieve high-quality products. Factors contributing to changes in software testing internally are discussed below.
- With the advancement in technology, there are various technology solutions that have come up to assist in the software development lifecycle. As per the latest reports, there are at least 1500 different tools that can be chosen and used throughout the software development lifecycle.
- The increasing demand for Agile and DevOps has a major cultural impact on the testing teams. However, adoption in these areas continues to grow. While 95% of the companies adopt Agile in the early phase and there is a 74% of DevOps adoption, testers must continue to adapt to these changes.
- The shift towards Automation Testing has made testers to learn completely new and challenging skills. With Automation becoming an obvious choice for many complex situations, testers must adapt quickly and find the right balance between manual and automation testing.
What to Expect in 2019: 5 Predictions
With external and internal changes already doing a lot in the field of software testing, there’ a lot that still has to come. So, here are some predictions that can help a tester to better prepare for this.
- Automation is the future of testing. According to Ryan Yackel, Director of Product Marketing at QASymphony,
“There’s all this talk about automating everything, but you have to understand that not every single thing that you do can be automated.”
- AI and machine learning along with some other upcoming technologies will make a big impact. According to Merrill, Principal Software Engineer in Test and Founder at Beaufort Fairmont,
“The number of systems working together along with the integration of Machine Learning and AI are major challenges today. These challenges will only grow in the future.”
- Testers must adapt to changes and learn new skills. According to Colantonio, Founder at TestTalks & GuildConferences,
“As the industry grows and the world becomes smaller, there will be a lot of opportunities for us to reach out across communities, attend meetups or conferences and just talk to as many people as possible to keep up to speed on what’s happening and what’s new.”
- With the rise of DevOps, testers will be testing more in a production environment rather than development. According to Smith, Director of R&D at QASymphony,
“Identifying the bottlenecks and communication gaps that exist currently is more important now than ever if teams want to be able to keep pace in the future. In a DevOps world, testers should be empowered to help this along.”
- Despite all the changes, many skills will stand the test of the time. According to Ours, National Software Quality Assurance and Testing Practice Lead at Centric Consulting,
“A lot of what we do from a testing perspective is rather timeless. For example, the inquisitive of nature of testing — trying to question, inspect, uncover and gather information about whatever product we’re testing — is timeless, but the underlying technology is always new.”
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