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A Testing Trends Survey - Technical Testers, SDiTs etc.

The goal of this brief survey is to gain a non-scientific perspective on the current job market for testers in the more technical area.(SDiTs are Software Developers in Test).

How to complete this survey:

  1. Enter your email address carefully

  2. Make your selections, enter the numbers for each question

  3. Of you choose 'other- please specify' or wish to make a comment - add something to the comment box to the right.

  4. Click Submit and that's it! Don't forget to SUBMIT!

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1. What kind of organisation do you work for?
2. What is your role (most often)?
3. In interpreting your answers to questions below – what is the scale of your organisation? Please complete the boxes.
  1. There are developers in my division/department
  2. There are testers in my division/department
  3. There are Business Analysts in my division/department
  4. Our organisation employs people in the division/department I work in
  5. Our organisation employs people worldwide
4. My technical skills. I AM:
5. Which of the objectives below is your organisation actively pursuing? Tick all that apply: Improving quality through implementing better developer testing
Improving quality by implementing better system testing
Improving quality by using tester skills in business analysis
Reducing the cost of later testing through implementing better developer testing
Reducing the cost of later testing by using tester skills in development
Reducing the cost of later testing by using tester skills in business analysis

6. My organisation is, or is planning to implement the following practices. Please tick ALL that apply: Test-Driven Development performed by developers only
Test-Driven Development supported by technical testers
Behaviour-Driven Development performed by developers only
Behaviour-Driven Development supported by technical testers
Pair Programming (developer-developer pairing)
Pair Programming (developer-tester paring)
Exploratory or 'freestyle' testing:
Now %
Future %
Planned and/or Scripted testing:
Now %
Future %
Other ‘Agile approaches’ – please specify or comment

7. What progress is being made in your practices in Q 6 above? Please tick all that apply: Our developers are doing TDD and automating their own unit tests
Our developers work closely with our testers to do TDD
Our developers refuse to do TDD (saying, “we don’t test”)
Our testers write unit test automation
Our testers work with developers to write unit tests
Our testers refuse to write unit tests (saying, “we don’t code”)
Other – please specify or comment

8. Recruiting the right skills (please tick all that apply): We find it easy to recruit developers with good testing (automation) skills
We find it hard to recruit developers with good testing (automation) skills
We don’t require developer testing skills – we retrain them
We find it easy to recruit testers with good technical skills
We find it hard to recruit testers with good technical skills
We don’t require testers to have technical skills – we retrain them
Other – please specify or comment

9. Training our testers and developers. Tick all that apply: We find it easy to retrain our developers to test with tools
We find it difficult to retrain our developers to test with tools
We find it easy to retrain our testers in technical skills
We find it difficult to retrain our testers in technical skills
Other – please specify or comment

10. My or my team's personal development in the coming year. Tick all that apply: Learn programming, test automation or other technical skills
Further develop existing technical skills
Considering my/our need of technical skills
We will not need technical sckills
Other training/development? (specify or comment)

 

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