“What do you want to do when you grow up?”
I don’t think that many of us would have answered this question by saying, “I want to be a Tester when I grow up!”
Still, as it we can see (from the recent State of Testing Report) many of us today feel proud to tell our friends and family that we work as Testers and are recognized for our contribution to technology and innovation.
What is “The State of Testing”?
The State of Testing is the largest testing survey worldwide (conducted by this QA Intelligence blog together with Tea Time with testers). Now third time running, with over 1,000 participants from more than 60 countries, and in collaboration with over 20 bloggers, the survey aims to provide the most accurate overview of the testing profession and the global testing community. Held yearly, the survey also captures current and future trends.
Trends Worth Noting:
- Testing and development have become distributed tasks. With 70% of companies working with distributed teams in two, three or more locations. This requires adapting workflow habits and skills to maintain high productivity without close proximity to other teams involved in each project.
- Increase in the percentage of organizations where the testing function reports to Project Management rather than to a VP or Director of Quality (in comparison to last years’ report). This could be due to the trend of testing groups becoming part of the organic developments teams, for those implementing Agile or SCRUM.
- Formal training and certification is on the rise. This trend is true mostly for India and Western Europe, but is a trend that reflects the regard for testing as a profession that requires more formal training. While you might not agree that there is such a need for certification and formal training, we can still take it as complement to our professional recognition.
- Communication is still key. With nearly 80% of the responses, the leading “very important” skill a tester needs is good communication skills (3rd year in row by the way). In fact, only 2% of all respondents regarded this as non-important!I have touched on this point before in a previous blog post — Using your Kitchen as a Communication Channel
In a Nutshell…
The accelerating pace of development is making our work more challenging than ever. And overall we are seeing a more serious approach towards quality and testing in our work-ecosystem.
Today, we feel that testing is seen as a critical activity by many of the same people who used to see testers as “unskilled individuals” doing the least important tasks in the end and slowing down delivery.
I mean, we always knew we had an important role in any successful product or application release, but it is becoming apparent that everyone else knows this as well.