Are Development Skills Mandatory to Advance Your Career in Software Testing?

Are Development Skills Mandatory to Advance Your Career in Software Testing?

A Developer shall write code, and the Tester shall test it – and the two shall not interfere each other. Sounds like an adage from yore, for the current IT world is not the same anymore.

There was a time when a tester need not know anything about coding or programming language. Those were the days of the so called ‘Black Box’ testing – black referring to the code that was hidden in the darkness. Of course, a part of the whole was still visible and covered under ‘White Box’ (or code-based, unit) testing, but then this was a part of a developers’ role and did not fall under a Testers inbox.

Not so any more. In today’s world, Software Testing is not an ‘anyone can do career!’ Apart from software testing basics, it requires an in depth knowledge of SDLC, analytical skills, out-of-box thinking, and also a fair amount of programming language skills.

Today, with all things going Agile, there is a tremendous shift towards left that’s happening, and most organizations are trying to find the middle path between development and Operations, moving towards DevOps. This shift is also being reflected in similar other new approaches and new career options such as Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET). The term, believed to have originated from Microsoft, radically implies that an SDET is both a developer and a tester, and at times also an important part of the Quality Assurance team.

These testers proactively need to keep switching between the roles of a developer (use programming skills for solving complicated problems in testing) and a tester (testing the products for functionality, performance, security, etc.) While such testers will be doing the regular non-coding related tasks such as planning and manual testing for about 30% of their time, they will be required to write and run code for automated test scripts for about 60% of their time.

Most organizations these days are moving towards individual performance – product ownership of modules. Contributors who are ready to own the module they are working on. Organizations are also looking at some relevant hands-on experience on automation and bug tracking tools (such as QTP, LeanFT, Winrunner, Test Director, etc.), some experience of programming languages, as also QA. If you love testing, but also would like to dabble with programming and development, you may like to pursue being an SDET.

As per reports from leading analysts and job portals, currently there is a need for about 250000 plus testing/SDET professionals.

That said, to be able to successfully advance your career in the field of software testing, (even though not a mandatory requirement today,) you need to have programming and developer skills today, as the Agile world is slowly, but surely moving towards a time when testers would be required to write code as well.

Of course, when such time will come, the developers might be required to test their code as well, thereby becoming individual contributors leading organizations to success.

To work with a team that is capable of catering to such needs, contact specialists from Gallop Solutions to achieve maximum benefits. Contact us today to know more about our wide range of testing services.

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Integrating Automated Testing into DevOps

Integrating Automated Testing into DevOps

Time and Quality matters a lot in software releases. DevOps aims at achieving this. DevOps is relatively new to the industry but is catching up really fast. The reason is that, it promotes integration and communication between the application development team and the systems operations team resulting in development of faster and better software.

However, in DevOps trust plays a vital role. You need to trust that any changes made to the basic codes will deliver the desired results, which makes testing a very integral part of DevOps. As one of the foremost goals of DevOps is to ensure that deployments are made effectively and continuously, testing needs to be an integrated part of any software development cycle. Sadly, as noted by Diego Lo Giudice in his blog, many companies seem to sideline the importance of integrating automated testing into DevOps.

Most companies still rely on manual testing, where it doesn’t really work too well for DevOps. With a DevOps process in place, your organization’s goal is to release working software consistently, which may also mean that you are looking at software package releases several times a week. Those who have worked with the manual testing process will agree that, manual testing does tend to slow down the process. There is also quite a bit of wastage of resources that could be used for other important projects. This means automation testing is a must for DevOps.

Let us look at three key reasons why you should consider integrating automated testing into DevOps.

Automated Testing Saves Time

The test cycle of manual testing can extend for weeks and can be a long drawn out and unstable process. On the other hand, test automation can help detect bugs automatically and in real time, thus saving time for your developmentand operations team. Also when automated tests are setup to offer quick bug fixes, they work wonders on solving minor glitches, which in turn gives your DevOps team a breather and the time to spend on other more important things.

Automated Testing Ensures Quality

When your entire testing process is done manually, it can go a bit awry. Of course, you trust your team but slip ups do happen. There is a chance that the testing team may be a little laidback in testing every aspect of the code as it is a time consuming process. And though we don’t like to admit it, there is always the human error factor. Even the best developer or programmer may mess up sometimes. That being said, automated testing does not guarantee 100% accuracy, but it can guide the process with a fair bit of accuracy; sometimes as close to perfection as possible.

Automated Testing Reduces Cost

We resort to the time-tested adage “Time is Money.” Simple fact of life; when you save time you save money. With automated testing, changes made to the code can be immediately verified thus ensuring that the changes work and that there are no major glitches to be handled at the time of deployment. Manual testing a code as it is programmed, on the other hand, can be a big hassle which in turn may increase your Time to Market and ROI. The aspect of cost saving by means of automated testing is well highlighted in this case study.

Integrating automated testing with your DevOps is the best thing to do if you want to save on time and money, while increasing quality and time to market. Yes, it’s true that you may have to spend time and resources to setup automation. But done with the right partner and weighing the cost and benefits, this will be an investment for which you won’t regret. To know more about Integrating Automation testing into Devops visit Gallop’s Services page.

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