Visible trends and professional forecasts
Rare are the opportunities when anyone is able to get an objective view of the professional landscape that we operate in. Many will claim they have the inside track on where the testing profession is heading: more automation, AI, the ‘death of testing’… While the actual knowledge resides not with one influencer but rather with the knowledge of the collective testing community.
The annual State of Testing™ report is what collects and presents that collective truth, and illuminates the trends the global testing community can expect with responses from about 1,000 testing professionals. Even better, is the fact that this report has been running for the past 7 years, and provides cumulative insight, not achieved anywhere else. Which is why we consider it one of our most important community projects at PractiTest.
This year’s report, which was released a couple of months ago presents some interesting insights.
- Testers are doing a lot more than testing these days. There is a constant but slow decrease in the percentage of testers that do testing all the time. This is balanced by an increase in testers doing testing 50% of their time or less. To us, this shows that testing as a profession is becoming more robust and expanding both left and right, pushing the need to be versatile and to take ownership of additional tasks that add quality value to our teams.
- Another indicator of the maturity of testing as a career path is the uptrend of recognized training sources, whether those be academic frameworks, professional testing conferences, and publications. Fewer testers end up in the fields “by accident” as the case was 7 or even 5 years ago.
- Testing approach and methodologies – The numbers keep showing how testers blend different types of testing techniques as part of their work; combining more scripted techniques, together with Exploratory Testing (ET), and adding Ad-Hoc testing to them. It is also interesting to see how the more structured Specification techniques still play a big role in today’s test planning and design.
These are just a small sample of what can be learned from the most recent report. These trends and many others will be subjected to a roundtable discussion, as we have each year about the annual survey. We gather a few leading QA professionals who have a lot on their minds regarding the report’s findings and let them express their opinion and commentary freely.
This time around we are hosting Lalitkumar Bhamare, Co-Founder and Chief Editor of TeaTime with Testers; Louise Gibbs, Software Test Engineer at M and M Direct; Chris Kenst, Automation Engineer at BloomNation along with Joel Montvelisky, Solution Architect at PractiTest to speak their mind.
You are welcome to join this live discussion next week – June 10th 17:00 (CEST)/ 11:00 (EDT).
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We recommend having read the actual report before attending to make the discussion easier to follow and reflect upon. You can get your free copy of the full report here
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