With the rapid evolvement of new trends in the IT industry, software development and testing have also seen great advancements. Innovative new technologies are encouraging software firms to manage their software development and testing cycles more efficiently and smartly. In addition, the present tech environment is also encouraging software firms to become cost-efficient, which has also triggered them to integrate new IT techniques aggressively in their workplaces. This article presents a closer look at the latest trends in software testing management that you should know about.
Top 4 Latest Trends in Software Testing Management
- Agile and DevOps
Agile and DevOps are two words that everyone is talking about today in the software industry. Agile lets software firms cope up with the rapidly changing needs, while DevOps facilities in reducing the time from development to operations.
The practice of both agile and DevOps have let software firms set up processes, tools, and rules that empower teams to manage software testing more collaboratively and efficiently, while keep conducting software testing throughout the lifecycle of the development.
- Testing Automation
With the present growing market trends and software demands, test teams cannot just rely on traditional manual and time-consuming testing practices. Software firms have to ensure continuous delivery (CD) and continuous testing (CT) to increment release cycles, quality deliveries, and frequent testing. Thereby, automating test practices is what firms are focusing on in present times. Agile test tools, DevOps practices, and similar other methodologies are accelerating automated testing cycles and making software testing management a click-based approach.
- Artificial Intelligence for Testing
Artificial intelligence or machine learning are already trending for the past couple of years, but their involvement in software development and testing phases is growing exponentially. Firms are investing heavily in AI, as its market worth is projected to hit a whopping $309.6 billion by 2026.
Presently, we can say that AI application in software testing is in the early stages. AI technology is being deployed to practice codeless testing in order to automate testing procedures. Different algorithms are being built to generate efficient test scripts, data, and reports. Overall, AI has a lot of potentials to innovate and turn software testing and its management into an effortless, efficient, and automated process.
- Test Environments and Integration of Tools
Governments are encouraging digital technology implementation, while the reliance on IoT devices in the corporate sector is also increasing aggressively. This implies that more software systems are running on dozens of different environments. Thereby, it becomes challenging for test teams to make sure they provide the right test coverage with proper test environments and data. In addition, they also have to integrate testing tools to gather multi-source data for effective AI implementation.
So, in addition to the trends of automated testing and agile and DevOps practices, we will also witness growth in deploying cloud-based and containerized test environments, along with such testing tools that enable integration with other tools.
Since tech advancements are not going to slow down any time soon, the above 4 trends are not just going to flourish in 2021 but they are all set to keep trending in the years to come. The present time demands that software firms keep a close eye on the latest trends in software testing so that test professionals, developing teams, and organizations can get the competitive edge.