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Why a Testing Career is Not the First Choice of Engineers

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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College-Industry Partnerships Division Technical Session I: Students

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Pradeep Kashinath Waychal NMIMS University Orcid 16x16

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Dr Pradeep Waychal is a founder trustee and the chair of Guruji Education Foundation that provides holistic support to the education of underprivileged students and operates on funding from friends. The foundation has recently extended its work in diverse areas such as research in engineering education, youth employability and teaching computer science to adolescents. Earlier, Dr Waychal has worked at Patni Computer Systems for 20 years in various positions including the head of innovations, NMIMS as the director Shirpur campus and at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) as the founder head of the innovation Center.

Dr Waychal earned his Ph D in the area of developing Innovation Competencies in Information System Organizations from IIT Bombay and M Tech in Control Engineering from IIT Delhi. He has presented keynote / invited talks in many high profile international conferences and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals. He / his teams have won awards in Engineering Education, Innovation, Six Sigma, and Knowledge Management at international events. Recently, his paper won the Best Teaching Strategies Paper award at the most respected international conference in the area of engineering education - Annual conference of American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). His current research interests are engineering education, software engineering, and developing innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

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Luiz Fernando Capretz P.E. Western University Orcid 16x16

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LUIZ FERNANDO CAPRETZ is a professor of software engineering and assistant dean (IT & e-Learning) at Western University in Canada, where he also directed a fully accredited software engineering program. He has vast experience in the engineering of software and is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario. Contact him at or via

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There are many instances of disastrous software failures such as Ariane-5, air traffic control system in LA airport. As software systems are becoming larger, complex and dependnt on many third party software components; chances of their failures are increasing. While software architects, designers and developers have been trying their best to reduce defects, they require the help of third party test professionals to test / review system artifcats at various stages and uncover defects before releasing their products to the end-users. That is where the testers have an important role to play. However, the number of individuals who willingly take up the testing career is relatively small, for various reasons.That has resulted in robbing software testing of adequate talent causing insufficient testing. We need to analyze reasons for such apathy towards testing careers and subsequently develop a plan to minimize this apathy.

We decided to check if the apathy for testing starts right from college days. Towards that, we administered a survey to the third year (junior) computer engineering and information technology students to understand their views on the testing career. This was just a few weeks before their internship and a few months before the placement process. Out of the 73 students that took the survey; only five indicated that they will be taking up the testing career, ten responded vehemenelty with ‘Certainly Not’, twenty two said plain ‘No’ and remaining thirty six were ambivalent. We also asked pros and cons of taking up the testing career, which are being analyzes and will be included in the full paper.

We believe that the study would help us to make appropriate curricular changes and to project the testing profession in a right perspective and increase the number of engineers choosing that as a career of their choice. That could increase the quality of testing and improve the overall productivity and turnaround time of software development activity.

Waychal, P. K., & Capretz, L. F. (2016, June), Why a Testing Career is Not the First Choice of Engineers Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27201

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