The overarching Software Testing Trend for 2016 will be that of QA and Testing Departments under great pressure. As Application Lifecycles shorten and as the number of releases increases, the emphasis must be placed on increasing capacity and quality. Testing Budgets will need to rise in 2016 to meet these requirements. In the seventh edition of the World Quality Report (2015/16) there is evidence that this budget increase for testing is happening, with a 9% increase year over the previous year. The demand for IoT connected mobile devices and applications is placing extra pressure on teams to test hardware and associated infrastructure. Key to success of IoT devices is to ensure connectivity and to adopt test automation tools. In parallel, testing teams must embrace the benefits associated with the adoption of DevOps (real time feedback – bug reporting).
Nowhere is the urgency felt more keenly than in industries where criticality is an issue in software development, – such as in the healthcare, automotive and aviation industry where the trend is towards the creation of embedded software and connected mobile devices and services.
The challenge for QA and testing teams is what to focus their efforts on and how to add process predictability to their testing practices while meeting the associated security and connectivity testing challenges of IoT.
Consequently, the following list is the Top Software Testing Trends for 2016
- Project and product based testing plans will become the norm.
- IoT puts focus on Security Testing and complex penetration testing.
- Increasing Embedded Security – figures vary, most say that it is between 30 – 100x more cost effective than trying to add security afterwards and that 90% of flaws could be detected during code review (source: NIST).
- Moving away from reactive to continuous proactive testing.
- The role of Testers will be increasingly important (and in demand) and will drive continuous delivery.
- Acceleration of the DevOps trend by enterprise will drive uptake of the Scaled Agile Framework along with the ALM Software Platforms that support SAFe and those that are capable of managing testing at scale (collaborative testing).
- Increasing cost of mistakes (consumers are becoming less forgiving of broken apps and APIs as expectations of functionality rise, mistakes cost market share).
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