Recently our article “Manual Testing Is NOT Dead, But Manual Testers Are!” got major traction on social channels and triggered a debate in the Testing community. Some say “I have been doing Manual Testing since a decade now, and I am alive” while others approve of the title. Whatever be the debate (or discussion), Manual testers are finding it really tough to cut through the current jobs market. Want a proof? Try an experiment by analyzing the humongous response to a job opportunity posted for Manual Testers with 3-8 years of experience. How to move forward in Software Testing career?
People. Individuals. Employees. Team Members. Testers. Employees are the backbone to success of any enterprise. Attitude & Skills are the two main ingredients to make or break an enterprise. In my 7+ years of IT career I have come across variety of professionals. With special affinity towards Software Testing Technology, let’s just talk about the types of Software Testers. Yeah! You should not be surprised to know that we do have different category of Software Testers? Seriously!
Quality – Why is this word so important for your software? Software teams today involve a number of people: developers, testers, support engineers, designers, product managers, and executive stake holders. A low quality software impacts all of these or in other words everyone in the team is responsible for the quality of software delivered. When we look into the overall effectiveness or cost manual testing still have a pivotal role to play. Unfortunately, very little discussion is only happening on how to improve efficiency of manual testing instead most of discussions are happening on how to increase the level of automation. Many of us would advocate the fact that Manual Testing is no longer needed, and I know it well why they think so. It is mostly because of the drawbacks and challenges associated with Manual Testing.
Independence & Freedom – everybody likes it. Wants it. Fights for it. And finally celebrates it. It gives you the objectivity to express your views & opinions. It is essential for a thriving society where the mind is without fear & the head is held high. As India celebrates its ‘Independence Day’ on August 15th, let’s see what it means for a Test team.
Agree or not, once in a while every one of us enjoy criticizing something – a person or a situation. A conflict between a developer & a tester is not new – it has been there since the inception of Software Testing. After all, nobody likes it when their mistakes are pinpointed & written on the wall. What they don’t understand is – it’s not about ‘You’, it’s about the ‘Software’!
To make it right, you first need to identify what’s wrong. And when it’s about finding the wrong in software, we call it “Software Testing”!