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My interactions with customers – Future of testing

Posted on: 19 March '13

Many of us spend a lot of time thinking about the future of testing. Recently, my dialogue with one of our customers on this topic engaged me extensively. The discussion focused on many trends including machines performing testing, growth in other parts of the world, 3D printing, digital wildfire, the need to be closer to customers, and the increased number of interfaces to the data center. We spent the maximum amount of time on the first two trends.

In the outsourcing world, it started with labor being replaced with cheaper labor. Can the cheaper labor now be replaced with machines? The driver-less cars will hopefully become a reality. Today, many service requests are being answered by a machine. Shop floor automation has become a reality. Similarly, can the dependency on human beings for testing be reduced further? Can a robot sit in front of a computer, read the test cases and execute them manually? Both of us thought this could very much be possible. So, in the future, it will not be restricted to only test automation. But, on this trend, both of us concluded that human beings will still be required to execute testing for the most complex scenarios.

Many multinationals are expanding rapidly in Asia, Africa and South America. How does this impact the future of testing? There will be an increased need for testers to think of the end-users in these parts of the world. Also, the cost arbitrage advantage may not exist.

As testing professionals, we will never stop thinking about the “future of testing”. Testing will always be needed, but the “who”, “why”, “what” and “how” of it will change from time to time. I am looking forward to your comments on this topic.

Ananda Rao Ladi

Ananda Rao Ladi, Senior Vice President and the Head of the Testing Business Unit (BU) at Mindtree Ltd. Ananda heads the Testing Service Line at Mindtree which has 2600 strong testing experts. Anand has been instrumental in setting up the Three Testing Pillars of Excellence - MindTest™ for processes and methodologies, Test Academy for competence development and Test Labs for thought leadership and innovation. Ananda, currently, is also the President of the STePIN, a leading testing forum in India. Anand, in the past, incubated and grew the Storage and Computing Systems business lines for Mindtree. Prior to joining Mindtree, Ananda worked for Wipro Technologies, where he pursued a technology career path in Operating Systems and Compilers. He has deep expertise in OS and compilers. Many of his cutting edge work have been published in leading international conferences. Anand holds a B.Tech degree with distinction in Computer Science and Engineering from NIT (REC), Warangal. Ananda has been an invited speaker in many leading international conferences and is known for his ability to incubate new initiatives. Ananda is learning piano and likes to ride bicycles and swim.

  • Cassie

    Thanks for posting about this blog.

  • kaumudi

    Agreed, that to some extent machines can replace testers. But that can be a limitation, provided testers decide to think! Machines do not think, only behave. If you want your complex applications to become stable, they have to be tested for the remotest of possibilities/occurrences. In fact, a good tester HAS to be a lateral thinker and always must have breaking the system as an uppermost thought in his mind. Well, easier said than done. In reality, testers are bogged down with test case suites, deadlines, executions etc. It is the job of his PM to find such a tester and groom him…