Testing Careers What Should You Know V2.0


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  • Testing Careers What Should You Know V2.0

    1. 1. Testing Careers – What Should You Know? Sharon Picken EDS (Operations) Pty Ltd
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Market survey of testing jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Level of acceptance of certification </li></ul><ul><li>Testing job family and competencies </li></ul><ul><li>New employee – employer relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) </li></ul><ul><li>Testing Body of Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Tester certification schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Test tool certification </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
    3. 3. Market Survey <ul><li>SEEK.com </li></ul><ul><li>January, February and March 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Australia and New Zealand </li></ul><ul><li>Testing positions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Testers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test Analysts / Engineers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test Team Leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test Managers </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Market Survey – Week by Week
    5. 5. Market Survey – by Location
    6. 6. Market Survey – by Industry
    7. 7. Market Survey – Tool Skills Required
    8. 8. Market Survey – Degree Required
    9. 9. Market Survey – Remuneration
    10. 10. Market Survey - Career Progression Do Tester – $40 to $55K Test Analyst / Engineer - $55 to $65K Senior Tester - $65 to $75K Test Team Leader - $75 to $85K Test Manager - $85 to $120K Manage
    11. 11. Level of Acceptance of Certification <ul><li>262 testing jobs surveyed </li></ul><ul><li>1 required “a certificate in testing” </li></ul><ul><li>Little knowledge of tester certification in industry </li></ul><ul><li>Confusion between body of knowledge certification and test tool certification </li></ul><ul><li>Certification is not currently required by industry, but will improve your interview chances </li></ul><ul><li>A “hypothetical” </li></ul>
    12. 12. Organisational Job Families Corporate Finance Customer Business Sales Service Delivery Technical Delivery Administration Consulting Marketing System Engineer
    13. 13. Testing Job Family and Competencies Technology Thought Leader System Methods and Tools System Methods and Tools Sales Pursuit Engineer Project Manager Project Manager Project Leader Performance Assurance Test Manager Performance Assurance Tester Performance Assurance Tester Performance Assurance Tester Infrastructure Architect Infrastructure Developer Infrastructure Developer Independent Tester Independent Tester Independent Tester Independent Test Developer Independent Test Developer Business Process Business Process Business Process Business Development Business Development Asset Manager Asset Manager Asset Manager Senior Specialist Specialist Analyst Associate
    14. 14. New Employee - Employer Relationship <ul><li>Career ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Loyalty expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Career path </li></ul><ul><li>Labour mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Compensation </li></ul><ul><li>Information mobility </li></ul>
    15. 15. Software Engineering Body of Knowledge Requirements Design Construction Testing Maintenance Configuration Management Engineering Management Engineering Process Engineering Tools and Methods Quality
    16. 16. Testing Body of Knowledge Basic Concepts And Definitions Test Levels Test Techniques Managing the Test Process Test Related Measures
    17. 17. Tester Certification Schemes ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE) American Society for Quality Control (ASQ), Milwaukee, Wisconsin QAI Certified Software Test Engineer (CSTE) Quality Assurance Institute (QAI), Orlando, Florida (not run in Australia) ISEB Foundation and Practitioner Certificates in Software Testing ISEB Practitioner Diploma in Software Testing British Computer Society (BCS) Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB), Wiltshire, United Kingdom (run in Australia by PlanIT) Certified Software Test Professional (CSTP) – Foundation and Advanced Phases (not the same as above) International Institute for Software Testing (IIST), Golden Valley, Minnesota (not run in Australia) Certified Software Test Professional (CSTP) – Foundation and Advanced Phases K. J. Ross & Associates, supported by Software Engineering Australia (SEA) Scheme Provider
    18. 18. Mercury Interactive Test Tool Certification <ul><li>Certified Product Consultant (CPC) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for technical professionals who want to demonstrate their proficiency with Mercury Interactive software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TestDirector, WinRunner, LoadRunner, QuickTest Pro, and Topaz </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Certified Instructor (CI) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CPC-holders who want to qualify to teach official Mercury Interactive courses </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. In Conclusion <ul><li>Meet the body of knowledge requirements for software testing </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure you are skilled in the use of automated testing tools </li></ul><ul><li>Understand industry specifics </li></ul><ul><li>Seek appropriate tertiary qualifications, if required </li></ul><ul><li>Determine a path through the various types and levels of testing jobs available </li></ul>
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