In today’s IT industry, two things are most perceptible – shorter cycles and pressed budgets. As the budgets get smaller and the time for project execution gets shorter, we have to think of ingenious ways to get more work done in less time, without compromising on quality, and what better way than automation to tackle this! Software test automation has the capability to decrease the overall cost of testing and improve software quality.
Our thoughts veer towards automation when we see someone doing a task manually when it can be performed easily, more efficiently, with fewer errors and lesser time with the help of a machine. In the present scenario, when time at hand is less and budgets lesser, it is only sensible to automate that task as machines will save time and effort. Automation can hasten the pace of a project in an efficient way.
Despite this, more than 70% of the testers are manual testers in most companies. This is because, much though we want to, not everything can be automated. Most part of security testing even today is done manually. The testers need to be well equipped to rise to the challenge of the IT industry. There are still tasks like testing where we have to depend on our own hard work and experience. But hard work alone will not take a tester far. A tester also has to be creative and well informed. He should be constantly aware of the new methods and tools available. For example, methodologies like exploratory testing and solutions similar to behavioral testing use tools like JBehave and Cucumber which accelerate the testing process and detect defects early.
A tester has to continuously strive to challenge new grounds, have fresh ideas, knowledge and endeavor to make his job interesting. The tester has to do things differently to bring benefits to his clients and to meet the demands of the ever changing IT industry.
This is the only way he or she can rise above ordinary and achieve greater heights of success. Here are a few things I can suggest from my experience to make you a better tester:
- Read: There is no substitute for reading. It is a quick way to gather the collective knowledge of others. It gives various insights and viewpoints that would be difficult to collect otherwise.
- Ask questions and be curious: This is the most important quality of a tester. If you take things ‘as is’, then you may miss out on something important that you could have discovered by asking pertinent questions and reasoning.
- Use tools: Tools are integral to testing and they have evolved over the years. Today there are tools for everything. Know a few tools that would come handy in doing your job.
- Tricks of the trade: This comes with experience. The more applications you get your hands on, the better you become.
- Associate: This requires one to get out of the comfort zone and reach out to others for help and information. This will immensely help in your growth.
Enjoy thinking! Feel free to share your thoughts on this post.
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