Future Horizons – Mapping Out the Next Decade of Testing
Big data, autonomous vehicles, and blockchains – every day we are faced with a technology change, whether it is a new adaption of something existing, or a fundamental change we would never even have been able to imagine. But it is not only technology that is changing; the users and how they use technology are changing too. Traditionally testers have primarily thought of users as human but as more and more systems are connected, there are more and more non-human users. Are we as testers advocates for all users, human or not? Similarly our use of technology has expanded and it is now an integral part of everything we do, from buying food to exercising.
Consequently, software testing will have to change too, but how? The tester role, the skills required to test, and our test approaches will continue evolving and advancing, and to be able to adapt quickly enough we need to scan the horizon of technology and try to map out the future of testing. In this webinar, I will look past the flavor of the day to discern underlying technology trends and try to understand how they will impact the future of testing in the next decade.
After finishing her Ph.D. in Physics at Stockholm University in 2007, Christin Wiedemann started working in IT as a software developer, but soon discovered that she found software testing to be more interesting and challenging. Changing careers, she started working as a tester, and soon also test lead and trainer. In 2011, she joined PQA Testing in Vancouver as a test lead, and was promoted in 2013 to Regional Delivery Manager. In 2014, she assumed the role of Chief Scientist, using her scientific background to drive PQA's research and method development. In 2015, she was promoted to Executive Vice President; a role focused on service delivery excellence.