Test Automation Challenging Firms
April 4, 2017
results of a software industry survey primarily focuses on the topics of
test essentials, Continuous Delivery, Automation, Outsourcing and
staffing for software testing and quality professionals in diverse
“We conducted a similar survey in 2008 to understand the needs of the
industry. Nearly a decade later, we are excited to launch a series of
surveys again to assess the state of the testing industry,” said Michael
Hackett, senior vice president, LogiGear. “The results offer deep
insights into the people, processes and technology in the industry which
are critical for planning for the future.”
Launched earlier this year, the goal of the first survey titled,
“Testing Essentials,” is to understand testing professionals’
strategies, attitudes and pain points with regard to topics such as test
plans, test cases, quality and testing. Among the participants, 40
percent of them are traditional software development organizations and
represent the financial services, manufacture software and hardware, as
well as the medical and healthcare sectors. Nearly 20 percent are
consultants working across various sectors.
Among the key findings, nearly half of the respondents agree that test
automation continues to be the biggest challenge due to
misunderstandings about the process and tools at the management level.
Test engineers should continue to educate on the many benefits of test
automation as a key process in software development.
findings, as stated by the respondents, are:
• Lack of upstream quality practices and not enough schedule time.
• Projects are most often behind schedule because of shifting user
stories/ requirements, not test delays.
• Raising the awareness level and knowledge of quality and testing
across the team.
• Issues around automation such as too much pressure, and inability to
automate due to time demands as well as misunderstandings of the time to
automate well contribute to poor quality.
• 67 percent of respondents write test plans based on release or user
stories compared to 22 percent that do not write test plans.
• Over 54 percent of respondents have test strategies that include only
API/integration and UI testing, but no unit testing.
These findings suggest that even though there is a wider, and greater,
distribution of quality tasks and ownership of quality, there is still
not enough upstream testing.