The Age Of DevOps: What's In Store For QAs When Old Rules No Longer Apply?

As the lines between developers, DevOps team members and software testers get increasingly blurred, the biggest talking point seems to be uncovering future opportunities for QA testers.

There’s no doubt that, with Agile becoming the norm, testers are expected to play a much more assertive role than the traditional QA specialists have played in the past. The crisscrossed nature of work in DevOps is pushing all stakeholders – engineers, testers and operations specialists – to encroach into each other’s territories, making testing less and less the testers’ exclusive duty. As a reminder, 99% of respondents in the “World Quality Report 2018-19” said they were using DevOps in at least some part of their business.

Building on these transformations, I believe that the Agile framework will further expand the perimeters for testers toward the design of automatic testing infrastructure – while tracking quality across the systems development life cycle. The rewards of this shift are plenty: Testers will be able to take part in more diverse projects and have greater chances for career development in the long haul.

There are many aspects of software testing that will grow exponentially in the years ahead. Here are a few areas that testers can focus on so they can stay on top of industry changes and market requirements:

Refining Time Management Skills

In the context of braided roles between developers, DevOps members and testers and the speed of delivery required in real time, testers can’t afford to be the bottleneck in the process. This calls for learning whatever is necessary that would make the developers’ job as smooth as possible — and taking immediate action once a test suite begins producing invalid outcomes. Not reacting straight away may compromise the integrity of the test cases.

Second, testers should spend considerable time performing noteworthy exploratory tests while the automated tests are running. For completely new features, QAs should keep in mind that automated scripts may take longer to write than testing the feature manually at first.

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