Like many things in the technology world, testing is constantly evolving.
Already, the introduction of tools such as DevOps and automation have changed the way in which testing operates and the role of QA testers around the world. With software development itself constantly undergoing changes, it’s inevitable that the practice will change in both the near and distant future.
What does the future of testing look like?
Today, automation propels QA in a way that alleviates many of the problems associated with manual testing. It’s already firmly asserted its position in the testing world.
Automation enables organisations to adopt a shift-left testing approach, meaning you perform testing and quality-related procedures earlier on in the software development process.
Despite that, automation is currently only used to aid and assist testing teams – and that’s where the biggest changes are expected to be made.
With a fast-growing amount of data in software testing and programming, it leaves little to no choice but to replace manual testing altogether with wholly automated solutions as part of an ‘autonomous testing era’.
That means automated tools will be able to oversee test creation, maintenance and execution as well as being able to learn from failed tests and make decisions on how to create and execute new tests.
Not only that, but more focus is set to be placed on DevOps and Agile Methodologies to enable a more collaborative approach to the systems development life cycle.
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With modification to the way the industry functions, comes changes to the role of testers and engineers.
One of the largest concerns for testers is whether the developments of technology will jeopardise their jobs. Automated robotic processes to develop code for businesses processes is an area of testing that’s gaining more attention.
Software robots are trained to perform the tedious tasks that are currently carried out by humans. However, this doesn’t pose a risk to testers, as this form of automation allows human teams to focus on the more challenging tasks which technology can’t carry out.
At the end of the day, software testers will still be around. In fact, as the industry progresses, they’ll have some even more powerful tools to work with which will help improve efficiency and accuracy.
Things are changing fast, and they will continue to do so. While we have a brief idea of what the future of testing will look like in the near future, it remains uncertain of what the testing scene will look like in 10 – 20 years-time – I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
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