The software testing conundrum
Mario Matthee, Chief Operating Officer, DVT Global Testing Centre
October 2016
DVT INSIGHTS...
THE SOFTWARE TESTING CONUNDRUM
Is there a middle ground when it comes to the developer-tester scenario?
 "Testing and dev...
THE SOFTWARE TESTING CONUNDRUM
Manual testing remains a highly skilled and focused discipline.
The same goes for test auto...
THE SOFTWARE TESTING CONUNDRUM
 By outsourcing the highest risk testing, companies are
not compromising on quality while ...
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Is there a middle ground when it comes to the developer-tester scenario?

When Internet software giant Google released a seminal book on how it tests its own software – aptly titled: "How Google Tests Software" – it set the cat among the proverbial pigeons of software developers and testers alike.

Until then, the two disciplines coexisted rather peacefully side-by-side, each knowing its place in the software development universe, and each quite comfortable with its own rules and responsibilities.

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  1. 1. The software testing conundrum Mario Matthee, Chief Operating Officer, DVT Global Testing Centre October 2016 DVT INSIGHTS ARTICLE
  2. 2. THE SOFTWARE TESTING CONUNDRUM Is there a middle ground when it comes to the developer-tester scenario?  "Testing and development go hand in hand. Code a little and test what you built. Then code some more and test some more. Better yet, plan the tests while you code or even before. Test isn't a separate practice; it's part and parcel of the development process itself.“ James Whittaker  This developer-tester thinking stems from a concerted effort by many large companies – not only Google – to automate as much of the testing process as possible.  Companies are questioning the value they get from manual software testing  SA's developers tend to regard testing as something someone else does  The mistake industry makes is in trying to shifting test automation responsibilities onto manual testers Read the full DVT article here: http://www.dvt.co.za/news-insights/insights/item/117-the-software-testing-conundrum
  3. 3. THE SOFTWARE TESTING CONUNDRUM Manual testing remains a highly skilled and focused discipline. The same goes for test automation.  The real value of regression testing is to ensure new code doesn't break old code.  Companies however are favouring the agile model of frequent incremental updates.  Balance the coding needs by asking what can be achieved in the shortest amount of time with the highest quality.  Outsource the part of the company's mobile software testing that carries the highest risk – regression testing – and stick with the tried, tested and trusted manual testing processes already in place. Read the full DVT article here: http://www.dvt.co.za/news-insights/insights/item/117-the-software-testing-conundrum
  4. 4. THE SOFTWARE TESTING CONUNDRUM  By outsourcing the highest risk testing, companies are not compromising on quality while reducing risk and managing costs.  Companies are freed up to work towards a more modern and robust testing culture  By focusing on the development and advancement of their existing skills and new hires, many long term benefits can be realised. Read the full DVT article here: http://www.dvt.co.za/news-insights/insights/item/117-the-software-testing- conundrum

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