By Aleš Baránek
All I need to do, All I need to know, I have in my smartphone. Building testing organizations while being on the route. Mission impossible or the way of working we need to adopt to.
Virtual collaboration and coordination, Adaptability and Unlearning, Cognitive flexibility, Overload Management, Problem solving are some of the future key competences we have to develop.
Come and learn about it, and get the skills: to steer Change Advisory Board while being in the traffic jam at IP Pavlova, reporting test status to the executive board while passing through the security check at the airport, following management debrief while being tatooed.
Started as PMO and later as Project Manager for core banking transformation programs (3 years) followed by IT Team/IT Domain Leadership role (8 years). I have managed IT teams of project managers and SW designers at the very beginning, however my major core experience and expertise comes from the IT QA domain, where I have build 3 QA competence centers in various countries (CZ, Ireland) of KBC Group over past 6 years. The last one being KBC Group Testing Services Competence Center (Testing HUB) with over 100 employees provoding its services to various international entities of the Group.
- Where you see Software Testing in future (in next 5 to 10 years)?
I do see testing in 10 years very much linked to the technology, tests dependent on the technology that the functionality is developed in (shift from the business driven testing to the technology driven testing). Inevitable change comes with RPA/AI which would change the role of a tester doing manual work in a tester operating number of assist bots and maintaining AI tools performing the testing.
- Is testing long-term dream job forever or just on step/stop on your life journey?
Hope I will not get some hates now :))) … as I believe testing is mostly a step in the career path. Tester is a unique experience and learning field of both technical skills and related IT side of tested systems as well as business product and process knowledge. Thats why we have so many good developers, system engineers, application & process managers, ….. coming originally from the testing roles.
- What is the biggest obstacle or roadblock in SW testing that is slowing down improvement and innovation?
Wrongly managed expectations of the stakeholders (sponsors, managers) is the biggest obstacle. The expectation of value of innovation and technology is very often (not only in testing btw) about cost reduction. The technology and innovation in testing is about other values, however the stakeholder expectations are very often set incorrectly.