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Not thinking….automated!

Posted on: 24 July '13

In today’s IT industry, two things are most perceptible – shorter cycles and pressed budgets. As the budgets get smaller and the time for project execution gets shorter, we have to think of ingenious ways to get more work done in less time, without compromising on quality, and what better way than automation to tackle this! Software test automation has the capability to decrease the overall cost of testing and improve software quality.

Our thoughts veer towards automation when we see someone doing a task manually when it can be performed easily, more efficiently, with fewer errors and lesser time with the help of a machine. In the present scenario, when time at hand is less and budgets lesser, it is only sensible to automate that task as machines will save time and effort. Automation can hasten the pace of a project in an efficient way.

Despite this, more than 70% of the testers are manual testers in most companies. This is because, much though we want to, not everything can be automated. Most part of security testing even today is done manually. The testers need to be well equipped to rise to the challenge of the IT industry. There are still tasks like testing where we have to depend on our own hard work and experience. But hard work alone will not take a tester far. A tester also has to be creative and well informed. He should be constantly aware of the new methods and tools available. For example, methodologies like exploratory testing and solutions similar to behavioral testing use tools like JBehave and Cucumber which accelerate the testing process and detect defects early.

A tester has to continuously strive to challenge new grounds, have fresh ideas, knowledge and endeavor to make his job interesting. The tester has to do things differently to bring benefits to his clients and to meet the demands of the ever changing IT industry.

This is the only way he or she can rise above ordinary and achieve greater heights of success. Here are a few things I can suggest from my experience to make you a better tester:

  1. Read: There is no substitute for reading. It is a quick way to gather the collective knowledge of others. It gives various insights and viewpoints that would be difficult to collect otherwise.
  2. Ask questions and be curious: This is the most important quality of a tester. If you take things ‘as is’, then you may miss out on something important that you could have discovered by asking pertinent questions and reasoning.
  3. Use tools: Tools are integral to testing and they have evolved over the years. Today there are tools for everything. Know a few tools that would come handy in doing your job.
  4. Tricks of the trade: This comes with experience. The more applications you get your hands on, the better you become.
  5. Associate: This requires one to get out of the comfort zone and reach out to others for help and information. This will immensely help in your growth.

Enjoy thinking! Feel free to share your thoughts on this post.

Ramanath Shanbhag

Ramanath heads the CoEs & Test Labs within the Testing Practice. He has 16+ years of experience in Innovation (Labs), Delivery Excellence and Assurance, and Process Standardization. "Under his leadership, Mindtree has become a leader in Test Automation, Performance Testing and Cloud Testing. He is known for his passion about Testing and has published many technical papers in leading conferences and journals", Krishnakumar Natarajan, CEO, Mindtree Ltd. The Test Automation solutions being developed by his team are one of the best in the industry. He is known for his passion about Testing and has published many technical papers in leading conferences and journals. He is working towards creating a world class Software Testing Organization, and wants to be known as an innovative Thinker and Solutionist. He is an advisor to clients with an exceptional ability at connecting the dots. He has architected award winning plug-and-play framework for Software Test Automation. He is active in various testing forums having presented / published several Whitepapers, Technical Articles, Lightening Talks, and Blogs (e.g., GTAC, Silicon India STC, QAI, STeP-IN,, HP Discover, IBM Executive Summit, etc). He also works towards promoting organic growth in-line with the company's competency framework through effective training and talent transformation programs. He has expertise in incubating complex projects, and growing those engagements into large teams through delivery excellence and value-additions. He has been successful in growing many projects into multi-million dollar engagements. Prior to joining Mindtree Ltd., he has worked with prestigious companies like Aditi Technologies, Microsoft Corporation, and Accord Software (a consultant to HP).