Where do testers spend their time?

On the EuroSTAR testhuddle I found a blog by Chantal called “Why Software Testers Can’t test.” In this blog she asks the reader what we think testers love doing the most. “The answer”, she states, “might surprise non-testers out there. The answer is: testing software”.

IBM partnered with Software Quality Engineering to execute a survey called “The Future of Testing: Where Do Testers Spend Their Time?”. It explores where today’s testers are spending their time, what obstacles they most often encounter and where they think their attention should be focused.

Based upon this research Chantal states that although testers want to test, they actually lose a lot of time doing other stuff.

I suddenly remembered I did a similar research back in 2010. Chantal is focusing on virtualization, whereas I used the research to identify inefficiencies in organization that lay outside the testing domain. During the EuroSTAR conference of that year I presented the results by means of an annotated checklist:

Checklist Losing valuable testing time - Derk-Jan de Grood

I stated: “If we discuss the impact of these time killers with management, they will give us support for eliminating the causes”. This way the checklist becomes an enabler to boost test improvements and to release time so testers can do what the love doing most: testing. What do you think, is the checklist still up to date?

Download: Checklist- Losing valuable testing time v10

About derkjandegrood

Derk-Jan de Grood, works for Squerist as senior test consultant and agile advisor. As Trainer, Consultant and Agile Coach, he is involved with improvements and agile implementations. Derk-Jan is the author of several successful books including TestGoal, Grip on IT and the Dutch Testers association’s jubilee book on future trends in testing. In 2016 he published “Agile in the Real World”, a book on SCRUM. Derk-Jan won several awards including the prestigious European Testing Excellence Award in 2014
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1 Response to Where do testers spend their time?

  1. Eric says:

    Hi Derk-Jan,
    I think it’s still up to date! We shoud use this list more often!


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