Neotys Testing Roundup, April 2013 Issue 1

There’s a lot going on in the world of load and performance testing and it seems there’s more to keep up with every day. With that in mind in this issue we’ve collected some of the most interesting links from around the web. What is the “real” future of software testing? Are you risk averse or risk aware? What did you miss at TestBash2.0 this year? And, finally, is software testing the best or worst career on the planet. Find out about all of this in our latest Neotys Testing Roundup!

1) The Real Future of Software Testing

According to author Joris Meerts (@testingref), the future of testing can in some ways be told by extrapolating market trends in software development. Mobile, cloud and Agile getting bigger? Then Mobile testing, cloud testing and Agile testing will probably follow. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. There is more to software testing than where software development is evolving to, claims Meerts. Read the whole article to find out more about what he sees and let us know what you think in the comments below.

2) Risk Averse… Or Risk Aware?

Testers are, usually by default, a risk averse group. And companies hire them for just this reason, to avoid something going wrong with the software once it goes live. According to software tester Leah Stockley (@leahjstockley), though, this can lead to people not testing in the most effective and efficient manner. Rather than “risk averse” testers should strive to be “risk aware.” Rather than test all that you can, take time to understand the technology, architecture, code structure and everything else then brainstorm where the risks lie. Are you risk averse or trying to be risk aware? Let us know below!

3) Lessons Learned from TestBash2.0

London-based Software Test Analyst Dan Ashby (@danashby04) was lucky enough to go to TestBash2.0 in London recently. Beyond just a simple recap of each of the nine talks, Ashby provides his mindmap-style notes for each session. While it’s not the same as going, it’s definitely a step above a typical event recap so check out the summary of these talks by some of testing’s current greats.

4) Software Testing as a Career

A wiser person than I once said, “If you can’t laugh at yourself, then who can you laugh at?” Software Tester and Web Master for the Watir Project, Alister Scott (@alisterscott), does just this both boasting and denigrating his (and probably your) chosen career path of software testing. It’s a “choose your adventure” type post with the options being “Software Testing is the Worst Career on the Planet,” or “Software Testing is the Best Career on the Planet.” With stories of lazy developers and cool gadgets, it’s easy to see both sides of the argument. Which do you choose (and does it change day to day)?

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