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Software Testing is Cool
Software testing is one of the least considered career paths in the SDLC (software development life cycle). Albeit the least considered, in my opinion it is one of the most rewarding.
I have been in the QA game now for ten years, and it is a constantly revolving and challenging career. Since I work for a professional services firm, I get to see applications being built in different and evolving industries. One of the great things about working in different industries is that you gain and absorb business knowledge pertinent to those industries. Personally I have learned the internals of reinsurance and prime brokerage. Along with learning how different industries work, I have also had the opportunity to learn different tools in the QA/application lifecycle management (ALM) arena. When I speak of tools I am referring to automation (capture/playback) and requirements/defect tracking (metrics gathering) . Some examples of these tools are IBM Ration Quality Manager, Robot and Functional Tester, and HP's Quality Center and Quick Test Pro.
Test automation tools not only speed up the execution of test suites, they also foster development skills. So, being a QA Tester could more often than not mean having development/programming expertise honed using various automation tools. From my experience it is very fulfilling to code test cases and then watch playback (simulated user interaction) of an application I have been working on. Along with the satisfaction of watching the playback, I realize (1) how much time I save the client (increased ROI), while (2) eliminating manual execution errors. Those two aforementioned points add coolness to the arena of software testing.
What you do you think? Is Software Testing cool to you?
Posted by Homer E. Pope on Thursday, July 30, 2009 12:26 AM EDT
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