Significant Changes in the QA World: Our 2013 Recap & Happy New Year!

We want to wish a Happy and Healthy New Year 2014 to all our readers!

2013 has been a wonderful year for STH – why wouldn’t it be? We had the best of the readers and followers behind us.

Back in December 2006, I started this blog with an intention to help software testers and today – after 7 years – it is helping thousands of software testing and quality assurance professionals worldwide!

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A quick recap of what was remarkable Last year:

Readership

With over 50,000 RSS subscribers, 28,000 Facebook fans, 3,900 Google+ followers, and 14,000+ email subscribers we are humbled by our readership. Thank you all!

STH online software testing course

This year we launched ‘Software Testing (Basics + Advanced) + Automation Basics’ online course. With Swati Seela facilitating these classes, we have to say the response has been very encouraging. We had the most wonderful participants and we are proud to say that our alumni (who we lovingly call QA Gladiators) are growing as we read.

When our participants provide us positive feedback, give us the news that they got certified, or found a job, or come to us with questions/concerns, or even provide constructive criticism –we value this interaction with pride and immense joy.

We are sure that our QA Gladiators are going to give each one of us a tough competition. Go, Gladiators! :)

Ebooks:

Overall the year has been a great success for us as we launched some good free and premium ebooks.

#1. Software Testing Career Package ebook:

sth new ebook

This premium ebook was launched in February this year. This presents everything you need to know to successfully carry out software testing in a small to large infrastructure. It is 132+ pages with full of practical and real-life examples which provide an easy way to master various software testing techniques.

#2. Freelance Software Testing Job Opportunities eBook: If you are yet to check this out, try it. It is awesome! This book made us especially proud as it became the #1 Bestseller in the Software Testing Category shortly after its launch.

#3. Free ebooks: Manual Testing Help ebook version 1 and 2. The content of both these eBooks is very useful to understand manual testing concepts, testing methodologies and preparing for software testing interviews.

ISTQB Certification Study Package

This premium package comes with everything you need to prepare for ISTQB and achieve success. The study material includes ISTQB exam details and tips, eBooks, 1200 normal practice questions, and 400+ PREMIUM questions with answers.

STH Articles


The articles, both by the STH team and the guest authors have raised the bar on the standard for how QA concepts can be presented in the form of enjoyable reading content.

Significant Changes in the QA World

Well, enough about us. Let us talk a little bit about our habitat – the QA Sphere. :)

The initial thought was to highlight certain key points of the QA field’s evolution over the last year. But, for something as vast, a year’s time is almost insignificant and the changes are not so imminent.

So, we chose to sum up few of the significant changes that have happened in the QA world over the last decade- more or less.

What are the significant changes happened in the QA world over the last decade?

#1. The QA toolbox is getting lighter

Test/defect Management tools earlier had to be installed on local machines, had a server, a database configured for them and had a specialized Admin who had to be contacted even to add as much as one user. Despite all this, the tools were pretty heavy on local memory consumption and the overall network load.

While these tools still continue to exist and thrive, the newer, ‘lighter’ versions are a breath of fresh air. They require no installation, can be accessed through a URL via the internet, take minutes to set up and the hosting of the database and servers is optional (the tool companies provide that for a nominal fee). These tools are light on system resources and network- not to forget the pocket. Sold!

#2. People over Process

Those of us who have been in this field long enough would easily agree that the software development system has moved from being the traditional linear way to the more rapid, iterative models like Agile.

Since changes are fast, business critical and competitive- there isn’t much scope for checks and measures (processes). This style of project development has realized that the maximum chance of success lies only in choosing the best team out there – self-learning, fast, efficient, responsible team players.

It is more important now than ever to be better than the best at what we do.

#3. Documentation – relatively getting lesser

Don’t you all remember how we used to spend anywhere between 3 weeks – 1 month writing test case documents. Well, that has considerably gone down, with entire project releases being 2 – 5 weeks; we no longer write these detailed documents. We settle for one or two liner test cases briefing what is to be tested and how. For some this is a blessing and others it’s a luxury lost. Whichever way we see it, it is surely a substantial change.

#4. QA tools are no longer hostile with one another

Well, they weren’t hostile earlier, simply isolated. To elaborate, earlier two tools of the same type or supporting type would not interact with each other leading to isolated data from various teams/processes in different places. That has changed, thankfully! To name one, tools like JIRA, Rally and HP ALM interact bridging the distance between them. They are friendlier with each other now. :)

#5. Mobile Application testing

Nowadays with every web application coming up with its own sister mobile app, mobile application testing has become huge. Those of us who are not into it yet aren’t going to be able to resist it any longer. It’s coming after us!

While some things have changed, the others remained the same. Teamwork, Positive attitude, a smile – they go a long way.

In the coming year, we hope the QA community spreads its wings wider, soars higher and reaches farther than it ever did before.

Wish you all a safe and fabulous new year!

Over to you:

Let us know what went well for you last year and what did not. Also, please feel free to add to the list anything else you think had changed in the QA world over the years.




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36 comments ↓

#1 Sudha

happy new year..

#2 Vasanthi

Happy new year to you and your team. I have always enjoyed reading your articles, they have been very useful. you have been doing very well for the last 7 years and hope you will continue the same way in the future too.
Regards

#3 Anagha

STH is playing a vital role in my career. I read each article posted here.
All the articles are very informative,helpful and easy to understand.
Wish to read more such posts this year.
Thanks for this initiative!
Wish u all a very Happy new year!
ALL D BEST!!!

#4 Atul

Wish u all a very very Happy New year !!!
its best to read all u articals…

#5 Deepika

STH is like my virtual guru. I come here to solution of my problems. You guys are doing great job. Keep it up.

and wish you happy new year!

#6 Rakesh Vasoya

Happy New Year, and thanks for QA post in 2013

#7 Vigneshkumar

Happy New Year to all….Great to read your blog

#8 udara

Happy New Year to all my friends…

#9 Sher Hassan

Its a very good platform for newbies as well as for experienced software testers. I found it very helpful to improve my skills.Continue the good work. Wish you all the best Vijay & STH team :)

#10 selvam

Thanks a lot STH and wish you very very happy new year

#11 Viswanathan

Wish you all a very Happy New Year 2014.

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#12 Pravin

Wish you happy new year to you and your Team. I have always enjoyed reading your articles.

#13 vidya

Happy new year to ur team. I wiill be enjoying every articles of your’s and get updated.Expecting more articles like this in this year too…all the best

#14 vineeta

its really helpful.. kindly help us to learn about mobile application testing.
Happy new year..

#15 MATHI

Happy new year friends…. Happy testing…

#16 jaya

Happy new year vijay and all readers.First of all thanks vijay for your valuable software testing articles..Keep continue ..I wish you all the best for your whole effort.

#17 Mona SInha

Happy New Year to all of you!!!!

#18 kesav

Happy and Successful New Year Friends….

Happy Testing…

#19 Rajaraman Raghuraman

First of all, I would like to thank you for creating this blog. I have read this blog many times when I started out and it is one of the top blogs in my long reading list. :)

I would also like to add a few more changes that happened in the QA industry

1. Evolution of Context Driven Testing and Rapid Testing principles by a passionate community
2. Back to focus on the engineering part of the quality process (Testing is no longer complete black box and it is not commodity anymore)
3. Evolution of crowd based testing ( utest.com, 99tests.com, etc)
4. QA space becoming more and more challenging as we have to deal with new and evolving technologies/concepts like Big Data, Cloud, etc.

– Rajaraman Raghuraman

#20 Sharda

Happy New Year.Thank you for providing such insightful articles.

#21 Srinivasa Rao Pasem

Happy New Year…STH

#22 Rajasekaran

Wish You Happy New Year and you guys keep rocking and my best wishes always there for you. Spl thanks to STH and team.

#23 Jyothika

Happy New Year to you and all your team and all my fellow readers.
Thanks for all the wonderful information you always post. I hope to be placed in a good job soon with all the material you continue to provide.

#24 Abe B Jaramillo

Happy 2014 !!!!

Something that grows exponential it’s the size of the screens where testers needs to work.
Another good topic it’s mobile operating systems, each time we have more and more…

Let’s see what comes next

#25 Alaa Omran

Really thanks a lot to you and your team this blog help me a lot , wis you all Happy new year and the best :)

#26 Hari Narayan

Happy new year Vijay and STH team…hope you attain more standards and scale higher..great job and all the best…

#27 karuvarasan

Happy new year Vijay and swati..

#28 Jitendra

Firstly, I would like to say Thanks for the wonderful articles for Testing. Which helps me to enhanced my knowledge in Testing area. You guys are doing great job..Please do continue with new things.

Wish you all the very best and Happy New Year!!!

#29 kiran

Dear Friends,
Happy New Year to all of you ……..

#30 sarvesh

Firstly, I would like to say Thanks for the wonderful articles for Testing. Which helps me to enhanced my knowledge in Testing area. You guys are doing great job..Please do continue with new things.

And Happy New year Vijay and Swati ……

#31 Lakshmi

Hi Vijay and Swati i wish you a Very Happy New Year….
Thank you very much for your valuable software testing articles…
Its really helpful…..

#32 Anya

Thank you for sharing your thought with us. When I started to read your blog i was a QA tester then and after 2 years I become QA lead now. I also share your blogs with my fellow QA/tester. wish you all the luck and cheers for the brand new year ^_^

#33 aneesh ahmad

Thanks for the wonderful articles for Testing.

#34 Supreet

HI,

Your post helped to get job in manual testing 4 years back, i am working as a senior engineer now, now i want to learn more skills in the field of testing, can you please advise what should be the next step now, should i go for automation or performance testing

#35 hanson

happy testing and belated wishes of a happy new year to your team.

#36 ketaki

plz give me some names of recent software quality assurance model.olz

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