Shifting the Test Role Pendulum

10+ years ago, many of us started our careers in testing on a move from an internal role – from the business side or similar. It was common for people who were users of the product to be hired to jump start their technical career. Now, we have seen an influx of tester positions that require coding experience or a Computer Science degree. In this session, Melissa will discuss the changing landscape of the role of testers, the challenges with hiring developers with no previous testing experience and a plan to “shift the pendulum” back to be able to blend technical acumen with a user advocacy role.

We will have thoughtful discussions on what makes a good tester and how we can continue to promote our profession and accentuate the value testers bring to companies.

Session Takeaways:

  • Identify factors that caused the Test/QA role to become mainstream in companies and what shifted to where it became more technically focused.
  • Fill in the gaps with a Test strategy that balances time for the Test team to continue to support the Development efforts, but equally emphasizes User Advocacy tests.
  • Present recommendations you can take back to your team to ensure a good balance between the above.

Leadership Perspectives
Location: Carlisle Date: October 7, 2015 Time: 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Melissa Tondi - STPCon Fall 2014 Melissa Tondi