1. “Big Data” re-use within Software Testing
Software Testing will finally turn the value paradigm that has progressed from PEOPLE to TOOLS, to ALL TEST DATA. Yes, people and tools in your test organization are important foundations, but organizations are also learning that test (test configurations, data, procedures) re-use is possible. To discern further which level you are at, think if your organization’s focus is assigning people to test tasks, or additionally if it sets clear expectations on how tests are developed and what level of content is expected; and what level of data and procedure re-use are you achieving? Sorry for using the “Big Data” hook, but your test org’s data should be as important as external customer big data.
2. Test Supermarket
From integrated maps and documents to common shopping cart functions, software test will enter the era of common tests for sale as a commodity. Just as developers re-use software code, testers will integrate and execute common test packages (test data and procedures targeted to specific configurations). This will be the start of the trend with predicted common acceptance in 3 years.
3. Continued Independent Testing
As reported elsewhere**, I believe the trend will continue to progress for more independence of test organizations. With independence comes obvious responsibility for improved efficiency and effectiveness which will promote the first 2 trends. Note that this independence of scope and reporting will proceed in parallel with increased alignment and scope with systems design and triaging for test organizations.
**http://www.cigniti.com/blog/top-7-trends-in-software-testing/ #7 Independent Software testing: “… sector will see an annual growth of 9.5% for the next few years”