by Radim Daniel Pánek
Personally, I see the future of test automation in investigating the way how to collect the date rather than creating test frameworks or architecture solutions. Gathering diverse information is not quite easy, because each company has a slightly different approach to test automation and a slightly different test stack. The test stack data is very valuable, but we need to know what we are looking for, how to handle the data and how to interpret it.
I will share with you my knowledge in the mechanism of data collection and interpretation of automated tests.
Radim Daniel Panek, RDPANEK LABS, s.r.o. is a SDET and Performance Tester, delivering solutions to businesses for continuous availability measurement and E2E user satisfaction. It trains testers and cooperates with QA teams in implementing, running and investigating Performance Tests. He works on the Test Stack idea and is the author of the YouTube video cast of the same name.
In the past two years, he has been researching the performance measurement of web applications, resulting in a cloud-based WPT2 solution.
• Where do you see Software Testing in the future (in the next 5 to 10 years)?
Software Testing will go to a more technical side, because the infrastructure is more complex and the technologies used by developers are more complex and testing will have to be able to respond. In my humble opinion, software testing will have to be more interested in developer technology, and as testers we will be processing more data from automated tools
• Is testing a long-term dream job forever or just stepping on your life journey?
Yes, software testing is my hobby and life mission. Before the time when energy runs out and I start to slow down, I will always be in the lowest but more interesting position. I look ahead and know that Test Automation will always be quite diverse.
• What is the biggest obstacle or roadblock in SW testing that is slowing down improvement and innovation?
Hard to say, it is a bit different in every company. Sometimes it is a test manager, sometimes a tester, sometimes a company philosophy. But if we focus on where our competencies go, the greatest contribution to slowing innovation uptake and overall returns Test Automation has methodologies that made sense earlier, but do not reflect the progress and demands of today. This allows us to choose inappropriate tools and procedures, and this creates an increasing gap between Dev & Test.
However, if we look at a company where testers listen and try, there are high-level results.