Software testing evolving in India

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 29 March 2010, 05:28 Hrs
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Bangalore: Quality assurance tests play an important role in the process of creating software products. Measures ensuring the quality of a software product meets the requirements are welcome in every step of creating the software product. Testing is one of the final and most important steps in creating a software product.

Both software development and software testing have undergone substantial evolution over the years. The early stages of software testing were primitive and did not fully meet intended goals. Software testing has already gone through at least two clearly identifiable phases. In "Software Testing 1.0", software testing was misunderstood. It was an afterthought or adjunct to the development process an was left to less skilled, lower-paid individuals who actually viewed software testing as the entry point on a career path to becoming a software developer. There were few useful testing tools and methods for achieving a high degree of automation. Those that existed were expensive, difficult to use and ineffective at addressing productivity needs and concerns. In this phase, executive management was mostly disconnected from software testing - assuming that somehow, it would get done.

With "Software Testing 2.0" came the recognition that software testing was and is an important part of the development process. Software testing was recognized as a valuable part of application development, and everybody started to test in earnest. With the high degree of acceptance across functional groups, came ownership issues - issues of where testing fits organizationally, how it is budgeted for, and from where testing should receive its direction. There was also an explosion of available tools. These tools often further distracted the testing efforts, turning the process into one of tool selection without clear goals, architecture or direction. Within this phase, executive management's understanding of testing was still rudimentary as was their involvement.

Then better quality products were developed with broader and deeper testing coverage, taking less time to test and reducing quality-related costs. The current state-of-the-practice, referred to as "Software Testing 3.0", is now emerging. Software Testing 3.0 offers the culture, methodologies, beliefs, and techniques that will enable software testing to truly deliver the full potential of quality engineering, test automation and global resources. Software testing is finally evolving to a point where it can meet and exceed management expectations. The global software testing market is worth $13 billion today.

Saltmarch Media is organizing Great Indian Developer Awards to honor software products across 12 categories, based on their productivity, innovation excellence, universal usefulness, simplicity, functionality and most importantly on the ground feedback from India's software developer ecosystem.

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