It’s a glorious time to be in the information technology (IT) industry. A senior executive at Huawei – China’s leading mobile technology company – told me they had achieved $1 Billion USD in license sales to mobile manufacturers. He said their goal for the next year is $1 Trillion. With a smartphone’s ability to run apps in so many people’s hands, the app development effort is worldwide and delivering more than 50,000 new apps every week.

With a potential market so big one would think every software tester and quality assurance (QA) analyst would be fully occupied with test projects. And that’s just my point, testers working in quality assurance groups outside of the engineering team are the walking dead, and worse, they don’t realize it. For it is impossible to deliver so many new apps every week using external testing groups and existing test techniques and protocols. 2016 is the end of the testing.

A new way of testing emerged this year. Testers became part of the development organization. This didn’t happen overnight. For the past 8 years I and many others have pushed for development organizations to get developers and testers to talk to each other and form close knit teams with common goals. That effort resulted in the Agile Software Development Lifecycle. Then I and others began pushing for developers and IT operations managers to talk to each other. We started the DevOps movement.

What this means to the average tester is clear:  When testers write and maintain test scripts they become software developers and each tester sees a $10,000 to $20,000 bump up in their salary. The days of the stand-alone tester and QA team are over.

This End of Testing Web site helps testers to make the transition, helps enterprise decision makers evaluate and adopt new technology and off-the-shelf software products with maximum benefit, and delivers free resources to help business analysts, IT operations managers, software developers, and testers participate in this most glorious time.


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