Testing Career: Is it good or bad?With the lines between development and testing blurring, a test engineer is no longer considered as someone good at clicking a button on the application's user interface. The topic seems to be highly contradictory as there are lots of myths rising each day against software testing compared with software development and many experienced testers deny this accusation telling that they are the living examples who achieved a lot by choosing Software testing as their career, This post proves that software testing and testers are no way inferior.
1) Testers are jobless- Breaking first myth
Looking at the global trends in the software testing field, currently the Indian software testing industry holds close to 50% of the global outsourced testing market. It requires more than 35k testers to bridge this gap which will rise up to 1,65,000 by the end of 2013. The report proves that job opportunities are ample for testers. This increase in opportunity will result in producing value product and testing solutions.
2) Testers are less important- Breaking second myth
According to the agile principle of early involvement, a software tester is expected to get involved from project inception. Software testing is not just confined to application testing but covers the whole process of development and quality norms. Software testing professionals have many interesting options today to design their career path based on individual preferences. A fresher who enters the industry as a test engineer, can choose the testing line or else move towards the quality assurance line where he can become QA lead and then QA manager. It is obvious that all the companies will give importance to their product, so testers play an important role in producing a quality product.
3) Developers have challenging task- Breaking third myth
Testers are the one who play an important role in ensuring that the final software application or product meets the desired quality standards. Testers must have extraordinary skill sets for their survival this includes an ability to write code, good understanding of systems and application architecture, and knowledge of databases, so they play a dual role of a developer as well.
The Future of Software TestingSoftware continues to be a discipline undergoing swift changes by the day & is expanding into newer spaces and virtually all walks of life. The days are gone when end users focused on ‘quantity' and now the world is getting revolutionized around ‘quality'. Every software engineer strives to achieve something that enhances and ensures quality of the software. Rousing popularity, interest and adoption of web based applications, wireless technologies, and mobile technologies with high importance for Robustness, Repeatability, Reliability and Re-usability, termed as 4R's have given a newer dimension for testing and opened up areas still to be ventured into. Software Quality Testing is evolving to accommodate such trends and is in course of becoming a business-led activity. A survey by Global Software Testing Services Market (2010-2014) has stated that for the next 3 years the market for software testing is expected to sky rise at 11 percent of Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) and to serve the rising demand of global testing market, the survey also says that by the end of 2013, testing service companies will require more than 15,000 test engineers. With quality as the front runner and the need of the hour by users and constant advancements in software quality testing the changes that one envisions in the field of software testing have a great variety.Some of them are:
A Team of Trust - Stakeholders, Developers & Testers In ensuring a better product, communication amongst each of the cross functional teams’ plays an essential role. The following paths of communication will be built in the coming years.
Connecting Developers & Testers with Stakeholders:
Both the developers and testers will be connected to other stakeholders in the process, such as customers, analysts, operations/production and agile project managers. This will lead to the completeness & consistency which will be maintained right from the early stage of product development. This will also help in fixing the ambiguous issues at an early hour, product development costs & reducing total cost of quality.
Bridging Gap between Testers & Developers:
As the specifications become more straightforward through an early involvement of the entire team, developers will find it apt to know what their code needs to accomplish. The testers will provide light weight models to developers that would help them to run their scripts before the production begins.
Methodologies and Metrics going hand in hand
1) Prevention practices and detection tools will be included in the scope of software testing, as the quality gets more importance.
2) Massive test case management, which has always been a problem to handle, would no longer persist.
3) Defect Count, Test Case Count and other misleading metrics would go down in scope and bring in Specification Coverage, Code Coverage and Model Coverage to drive the projects.
4) Better metrics such as Component wise implementation tracking, Concrete exit criteria and new methodologies (combinational tools) will allow testers to prioritize their tests so as to work on areas which are significantly vulnerable to defects.
Increasing prominence-software testing as a profession
1) Tester would frequently carry root cause analysis as one of their prime tasks.
2) Security will continue to be an area of concern calling for a specialized career in security testing with technology evolution
3) Scope of manual testing excellence is sure-take an exponential curves wherein software development to provide value added services.
4) Testers would no longer be called in the last moment as they would be considered right from the first stage.
With the help of the well planned methodologies and optimistic statistics, the future of software testing services is going to bloom--ensuring quality to end users and a rewarding career for software testers with a wide variety of testing techniques.