New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
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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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