Welcome to the 7th edition of the State of Testing™ Report
There is no doubt that our profession is evolving as part of the complex process pushing the Software Industry forward. This process is forcing us not only to become more efficient, but also to re-imagine the value of our services, and in this way also to redesign our approach towards generating value for our teams, our companies, and our customers.
There is an advantage to running the survey for 7 years in a row. We are able to see how the Tectonic Plates of Testing shift slowly but surely towards a new reality. We are all aware of these changes, but paying attention to the numbers and the answers makes us look at the way we test differently and highlights the evolution and change over the years of what skills a tester must-have.
Yes, we are still chartered to achieving Quality, but we cannot do this by testing it into the product at the end of the process. Yes, we need to guide the testing operations in our teams, but we cannot do all this testing ourselves. Yes, we need to focus our efforts on user-value, but we need to find a way to involve the users (at least more) in this process too.
I hope the information and the analysis of this report will help you, your colleagues, your teams, and our whole Global Community to continue our path of becoming better testing professionals.Download the report
What is different about this year’s report?
The world is undergoing changes. Some of them have been happening for a while. Others are being triggered faster by events affecting our health, our security, and even the environment we live in.
The prism through which this report is read is different this time because the world around us is currently different. Therefore some conclusions in the report stand out more than planned. We are being shown how a small virus, that could have passed as a harmless bug in the complex system called human beings, can have a huge impact on the even more complex collection of systems called humanity.
One thing that recent events show us, is the importance of fast adaptation to new and changing circumstances. This is a must in the COVID-19 era, but also relevant, more than ever before, to the everyday work of testers. The reality, as we knew it, has changed, and we must adapt, quickly, to keep up with the ever-changing technologies and demands.
What about the future?
The survey often contains some open-ended questions where we ask (among other things) about future predictions regarding testing technologies, practices, testing teams, and more. These questions are often the most interesting because through them we can get a sense of what is really on everyone’s minds. Here is just a snapshot of one of those sections. The report has many more in store.
Please enjoy this report, learn from it, share it with others, and strive to become better professionals for the future gains of all of us!Download the report
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