What Kills Software Testing

What is Software Testing?

Software testing is created because software disasters happened. People learn from disasters and become more careful. They dedicate more energy to quality assurance, which now includes testing, and the disasters lessened. But if an organization hasn’t had a disaster in a while, their practices get riskier by the minute, partly because younger and more naive people replace the experienced ones.

What Kills Software Testing?

But what kills software testing? Testing is not dead, and it won’t be dead. It may seem to be dying. It will be reborn. Testing may not be exactly as it was, but it will come back stronger.

It is said that testing may die if the word “Testing” is used to mean “checking” because there is a fine line between testing and checking. To test something is to question the product and to evaluate it to a full extent. It is an open-minded investigation that cannot be automated.

On the other hand, checking is to gather specific information and analyze it in a manner that could, in principle,  be automated. Some people, mainly programmers who don’t study testing much, are strongly attached to automation.  In pursuing their vision of applying tools to testing, they inadvertently dome testing down.

They do with tools that tools can do. They run many checks, and testing for them becomes a little more than a command-line switch on the compiler. Such checks are capable of finding bugs, but not nearly the depth and extent and variety of bugs that a skilled human can, especially if that human also uses tools as support.

Another thing that could kill Testing is when the value of products becomes irrelevant.  Testing dies when people don’t pay much care and attention to the quality of software or the people who need it. There is a problem in the industry. We have that mentality believing “everything will work reliably,” no matter the situation. That’s why sometimes, when we get used to things we do regularly, we don’t mind the little discomfort as long as it works the way it used to be. This creates an opportunity for competitors to come in with a better product that kicks them out of the market.

Can Testing Die?

Testing may die if the quality of testing work is chronically poor. People who most likely to believe that testing is dead are those who are unlikely to devote themselves to the study of it. They do know how to test, or maybe they don’t care at all, and it’s a matter of time before the management wonders why they have testers in the first place.

Another reason for testing to die is if technology stops changing.  Testing is questioning the product. Thus there isn’t much call to question a product that hasn’t changed, especially if it operates in an environment and for a user base that also hasn’t changed. The ambition to improve and innovate is what inspires testers. Take that ambition away, and you’re wasting talent.

There are more reasons for Testing to “die,” but the stated above are the most common of all.

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