I was just reading an interesting article about the continuing need for testers (link below). If you disregard industries where regulatory issues pretty much define the requirement for testing (Defence, Aviation, Energy for instance) the nature of the role and the day to day activities have definitely changed over the years, with a much greater emphasis on streamlining the development process these days. This inevitably means that changes will always be prevalent throughout any development organisation. Big gains in efficiency can be made through initiatives such as #DevOps and #ContinuousDelivery but the quality of the end product is still the most important consideration. #QA continues to improve product quality by getting involved in the whole process from beginning to end and can act as a stabilising force through these periods of change. And from my own experience, having experienced QA professionals working on software almost never results in a reduction of product quality.
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- Nick is a resourceful and skilled test manager with 18 years of experience in software testing and currently working for a company dedicated to leveraging and extending the COBOL resources already in place in thousands of code shops around the globe. This has provided the opportunity to work on a large number of differing projects – from testing compilers to IDE’s across multiple platforms, to emerging technologies such as web 2.0, Cloud and .NET, through all phases of the development life cycle. Experienced in traditional waterfall development methodologies, as well as more modern development ideologies. Recent experience has included performing scrum master duties in an agile environment and managing the workload of cross-functional on-shore and off-shore development teams. Currently leading a small team devoted to improving and extending the development build and test infrastructure. The opinions and positions expressed on this website are my own and don’t necessarily reflect those of my employer.