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.

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

How To Make Your Development and QA Teams Work Together?

How To Make Your Development and QA Teams Work Together?

When developers and testers cooperate, consult and coordinate on a project, the result is always above expectations. This type of close interaction helps developers to meet their deadlines, testers to release error-free functionalities and customers to enjoy a superior product.

However, bringing together Development and QA teams will not be easy since both teams have to meet deadlines and work pressures.

The following suggestions will help to minimize differences and maximize productivity:

We are a Team Approach

In a team, everyone has a definite role to play and no one can perform independent of each other. So, it is important to develop a “We are a Team” approach. It is very important to encourage interaction between QA and Development from the first day of the project as it helps to develop clarity and set aside misunderstandings. Most of the time, QA teams and Development teams are busy pointing fingers at each other. If both teams understand that the focus in on building a superior product together, these problems can be easily resolved.

Understand and Respect Each Others Roles

The QA and Development teams should understand that even if their work profiles are different, they are very interdependent on each other.

According to Paul Graham, most developers demand “maker time” where they are concentrating on a complex task of building a software according to client specifications. At that time, disturbing them with bug reports will be annoying. Using an official bug reporting platform will definitely help testers to keep things under control.

It is very important that the development team understands that it should keep some time to work on bugs. And the QA team should understand that not every bug they report may receive a favorable response.

Prioritize the Project from the Viewpoint of a Customer

When developers build the software, they should understand what each feature stands for and how it will help a customer. When a QA analyst works on a project, they should understand the end –result and the customer expectations from the project. The fact is that developments in technology have increased customer expectations of a product or service. And even the customer service for the product. For instance, customers now expect an app or a software to be seamless, intuitive, and reflect how they work in the real world. This is something Apple adopts for every product they release to the market.

Thus having a customer-centric approach to your software development can increase the usability, and customer satisfaction.

Encourage Formal and Informal Interactions

Break down the walls imposed by misunderstandings and lack of communication. QA analysts should sit closer to the developers, and interact with them regularly. If they don’t know each other well, things are definitely going to be difficult. Help develop a strong group communication at each phase of the project through an established tool or platform.

If you are looking for a QA team that easily dovetails into your development and contributes to a productive software, the QA experts at Gallop can help you. Gallops QA staffing and Consulting Services help businesses to hire specialist QA analysts and leverage their skills for your projects. With our functional skills, and the expertise garnered from working in diverse projects, we bring the much-needed understanding and flexibility every development team needs.

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.