The Future of Testing – MindMap

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)


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The Future of Software Testing

The Tester

Varied Skillset

  • Understanding of business
  • Software Development Skills
  • Infrastructure knowledge
  • Domain expertise
  • Technical skills

Test Tool Skills

  • Test Management
  • Test Execution
  • Test Support
  • Test Automation

Career Paths


  • Security
  • Legal
  • Performance
  • Infrastructure
  • SW Development
  • Automation
  • Mobile
  • [Fill in the blank]

Business Focus

  • Product Manager
  • Analyst
  • Support / Customer Service


  • Test Consultant
  • Business Process
  • Development Process
  • Test Process

Super Tester

  • Manual Testing
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Focused expertise

QA: Introducing QA into development environments


Acceptance Manager

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?

Approaching Testing


  • 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

  • Forums
  • Communities
  • Events
  • Blogs
  • Books
  • Articles / Publications


  • Testing in Production
  • Live Analytics

User Communication Channels

  • Online Support
  • User Feedback
  • Press
  • Social Media


  • Dealing with legacy: How to incorporate new ideas into existing processes
  • Legalities
  • 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


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3 Responses to “The Future of Testing – MindMap”

  1. AmyJuly 19, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Lots of interesting stuff in here. I particularly agree with the need to specialise. It feels to me that the middle ground of just being a tester and raising as many bugs as possible will (should) die and instead we see an increase in demand for highly specialised testers for large or high risk projects and an increase in demand for a quality advocate/tester role within fast paced agile companies.

    It would be great to have some stuff on career progression. If certification is really out then how do testers learn? How do they prove their skills? Maybe college courses will be more focused on testing. Maybe starting out as an intern will become commonplace.

    • DanJuly 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

      Speaking to people who have specialised without certification, it seems to be by luck and opportunity alone.

      e.g. ABC Corp has a Test Team. ABC Corp recognises the need for Performance testing. ABC Corp’s Test Team Lead assigns the task to a victim / volunteer. Said team member becomes an specialist, and later takes a new role at XYZ Limited as a proven Performance Tester.

      Saying that, I genuinely don’t think I’ve met a specialist who did certify…

  2. DanJuly 20, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Another great mindmap, and I think this is best of the series so far – thanks! Feeling inspired, I’d like to map out some of our internal business stuff as mindmaps – what software are you using to create these?