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Testing trends by Aldo Rall 2013


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Recent publications on the state of testing across the world have revealed some interesting trends and facts. These trends highlight some issues that the testing world has to deal with.

Aldo Rall will be looking at two key trends and explore underlying issues and possible solutions. Aldo will explore the following:
• the demand for test maturity improvement in terms of increased efficiency,
• productivity and stronger business alignment as well as
• considering how testing is increasingly being viewed as a profession.

Aldo Rall, Principal Consultant for Testing at IndigoCube and one of South Africa’s leading Test Management Experts. He has been involved in software testing since 1998 across a variety of international testing assignments. Aldo has a deep passion for testing and had significant success with developing, growing and maturing testing, testers and testing teams in large organisations.

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Testing trends by Aldo Rall 2013

  1. 1. Aldo Rall MSc. (Liverpool) Principal Consultant
  2. 2. The Growing need for: Testing Maturity and Tester Professionalism
  3. 3. A Changing World: IT and Business Converges • A dysfunctional marriage • IT to take on more business accountability • CEO’s consider technology as the most significant external force shaping the future • CIO’s consider market factors as the most important
  4. 4. Testing has been Changing too! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 7 Basic Principles of the Context-Driven School The value of any practice depends on its context. There are good practices in context, but there are no best practices. People, working together, are the most important part of any project’s context. Projects unfold over time in ways that are often not predictable. The product is a solution. If the problem isn’t solved, the product doesn’t work. Good software testing is a challenging intellectual process. Only through judgment and skill, exercised cooperatively throughout the entire project, are we able to do the right things at the right times to effectively test our products. Source: The
  5. 5. 4 Underlying Trends 1.CEOs demand Greater Agility 2.Better Collaboration Value Chain Optimisation Breaking down barriers Contextual Collective Relevance The Collaborative effort is driven by 5 Critical Efforts: Adaptive 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Communication Content Management Workflow control Transparency Trust
  6. 6. 4 Underlying Trends 3.Work needs to Flow Continuously 4.Automate “Everything” “Discard dogma, think big, act small, fail fast, learn rapidly – Ian Davis- ALM Scope Continuous Feedback and Improvement Any routine process / tasks Tools and Frameworks
  7. 7. Implication of these trends: Effective and Efficient Efficient • How did you maximize the value to your stakeholders? Effective • Did you deliver what your stakeholders actually wanted?
  8. 8. Threats & Challenges to Testing as a Profession Lack of importance by Management Skills outsourcing Lack of Acceptance Increased Complexity Lack of Innovation
  9. 9. What are the Implications? • Business needs to adapt – Business needs to view IT as a core capability, not a services department • IT Function needs to adapt – IT needs to be more involved with business • The Testing function needs to adapt – Testing needs to happen closer to business – Testing needs to evolve its practices, philosophy and paradigm = Need for Increased Test Maturity
  10. 10. Possible things to do Skills Innovation Think differently about Training Complexity Treat your Testers like Adults Practise Agility Collaborate Think Continuous Automate
  11. 11. Conclusion • Achieve Effectiveness and Efficiency in your context • Maturity = Thinking different than just ‘faster and better’ • “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” - Albert Einstein• “Maturity is the Capacity to Endure Uncertainty” - John Huston Finley-
  12. 12. Conclusion