I posted a humourous MindMap on The Future of Testing last week. The idea of it being empty was because of all the talk about testing being dead.
I personally don’t believe testing is dead. It’s just changing, just like a ton of other career paths. So lets welcome and adapt to that change!
It was also mentioned that we make our own future, and any mindmap like this can either be very personal or perhaps more community focused where anyone can contribute ideas. We may all be testers, but I’m sure we all work in different environments.
So, don’t take this as complete and we hope you can contribute to this by leaving a comment.
Credits – this MindMap is an adapted result of a MindMap that Huib Schoots sent over to me. It had been created for this book on The Future of Testing…it’s in Dutch(!) by TestNet JuBoCo (Huib Schoots, Hans van Loenhoud, Derk-Jan de Grood, Anko Tijman, Pepijn Vorst, Andreas Prins, Jeroen Rosink and Ard Kramer)
Download – ZIP file includes PDF, png, text, Opml, Freemind and SimpleMind+ formats.
The Future of Software Testing
- Understanding of business
- Software Development Skills
- Infrastructure knowledge
- Domain expertise
- Technical skills
Test Tool Skills
- Test Management
- Test Execution
- Test Support
- Test Automation
- SW Development
- [Fill in the blank]
- Product Manager
- Support / Customer Service
- Test Consultant
- Business Process
- Development Process
- Test Process
- Manual Testing
- Exploratory Testing
- Focused expertise
QA: Introducing QA into development environments
System Integration Manager
Project / Test Management
Questions to ask
- Is there a future need for test managers?
- Where do test consultancies fit into the picture?
- What do our customers need?
- If it were your money, would you hire testers?
- Identify and link new opportunities
- Motivate others
- Changing ways on outsourcing
- Add Value
- Show uncertainties and weaknesses
- Have a goal of creating great software
- Work towards goal of client
- Please don’t become the quality police
Be knowledgeable and professional
- Always be learning
- Know when to bring in an expert
- Find a mentor
Share knowledge and participate
- Articles / Publications
- Testing in Production
- Live Analytics
User Communication Channels
- Online Support
- User Feedback
- Social Media
- Dealing with legacy: How to incorporate new ideas into existing processes
- Governance: Laws / Standards / Regulations
- Focus on adding value
- Virtual Teams
- Finding Talent is key
- Crowd and community sourcing will likely adapt and change over time
- We will see the freelancer market grow
- Effective communication channels – on and offline
- Variety of tools, rather than small amount of heavy duty
- Open Source Tools
- Hosted / Cloud solutions