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The Future of Software Testing

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 13 February 2012, 19:59 IST   |    3 Comments
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Software 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) Testers 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 evolutions;
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.


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Reader's comments(3)
1: hello sir,
i am a BE EXTC 2014 passout student planning to switch in software (testing).before that i want to know from all u experts current scenario of software testing field,oppurtunities in that,career in that field,future scope and what is the scene after 5 to 6yrs..
thank you sir...
mail me at- aak4telecomm@gmail.com
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2: my life
Posted by:jitendra - 26 Nov, 2012
3: Dear sir,

why don't you think of conducting such events at COIMBATORE (an education and industry hub)?
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