The process of manual software testing to ensure quality, security, and performance has been testers’ worst nightmare for years. It was prone to errors and could take many hours or even days for developers to patch, test, maintain codes.
However, over the last decade, app development has been, slowly but surely, becoming a lot simpler and faster thanks to technology. In other words, the approach towards software testing has seen rapid advancement and is expected to change the entire app development scope in the foreseeable future due to the introduction of new software testing techniques and tools.
In this article, we will look at what the future of software testing holds as we begin the countdown into the next decade.
Three Predictions on What the Future of Software Testing Will Bring:
1. End-to-End Automation’s Popularity Will Grow:
Unlike before, when software testing was more manual, developers have now begun to adopt automated testing to save time and ensure better product quality. That means whether you are looking to detect interface defects between the functions/modules or test the entire application as a whole, automation testing will probably be your default approach.
However, automated testing is still in its infancy. It is still difficult for many developers to automate software testing as it is not clear which situations are more suitable for automation. But it is only a matter of time before automation takes over the software testing.
As automation testing becomes more refined, companies will start implementing end-to-end testing in web, mobile, and API testing to ensure accuracy and efficiency in these processes. Better still, it will require minimal or no human input to build, execute, maintain, and interpret tests due to intelligent machine learning.
As a result, it will become increasingly easier to optimize applications to match the desired metrics even before the launch. This will, in turn, fasten and improve the overall app development process, unlocking countless growth opportunities for businesses in the software development field.
2. Software Tester Expectations will Go Higher:
With the possibility of end-to-end test automation for web, API, and mobile testing, software tester expectations will continue to rise in the future.
Simply put, app users in the coming years will expect excellent user experience even for new applications, meaning software testers will be tasked to ensure fast and quality delivery with every app development. As a result, app development companies that will not meet this high level of expectations will struggle to stay relevant or even survive in this field.
3. Software Tester Roles will Get Confusing at First,Then Clearer:
If you are in the software development and testing field, it is evident that you need to understand how code functions, how the app development process works, and know how the business operates to make money. More importantly, you have to embrace new software testing strategies, techniques, tools, and approaches as they emerge.
But with the rapid growth in software testing, technical competence in terms of testing will become ambiguous. Unlike a few years back when the roles of a manual software tester were quite definite, there will be many misconceptions in terms of what a software tester does and what a machine does.
However, everything will begin to fall in place as automation testing picks up speed, and the job description of a software tester will become definite again.
As testing tools and techniques get smarter, automated testing will continue to revolutionize the app development process, significantly enhancing the quality and reducing software delivery timeframe.
For developers who will continue working as they did in the 90s, they will have to deal with dissatisfied customers and experience reduced productivity and risk business closure.