While not exactly a trend, a general characteristic of software testing & QA departments in 2016 is set to be that they will operate under great pressure. As application lifecycles shorten, and the number of releases increases in leaps, emphasis must be placed on keeping up with QA capacity and resources.
Testing budgets will need to rise in 2016 to meet these requirements. As evidenced by the 7th edition of the World Quality Report 2015/16 there is a 9% increase over the previous year in testing budgets. The demand for IoT connected mobile devices and applications is placing extra pressure on teams to test system of systems products and the associated infrastructure. Testing teams must also embrace the benefits (and the challenges) associated with the spreading adoption of DevOps.
Nowhere is the urgency felt more keenly than in industries where safety is critical in software development, such as in the healthcare, automotive and aviation industries. As the role of embedded software grows in connected mobile devices, there is a growing challenge for QA and testing teams.
These teams will need to determine what to focus their efforts on, and how to ensure safety, reliability, and quality in an increasingly fast-paced development environment.
Top Software Testing Trends for 2016
As a result of this increasingly connected, high-velocity, and quality-focused product environment, the top software testing trends for 2016 are:
- Project and product-based testing plans will become the norm
- IoT puts focus on security testing and complex penetration testing
- Quality & security embedded in the process of development
- Moving away from reactive to continuous proactive testing
- The role of testers will be increasingly important in driving continuous delivery
- Acceleration of scaled Agile, DevOps, and Application Lifecycle Management adoption to integrate the quality-focused lifecycle
- Increasing cost of mistakes (consumers are becoming less forgiving)
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