The overarching software sector – including both development and testing – is one of the most rapidly-changing industries today. As new approaches and innovative strategies emerge, teams must shift their working processes to ensure they remain on the cutting edge. In such a fast-paced setting, it can be somewhat difficult to keep up.
In this spirit, we’ve gathered a few absolute musts that should be included in every upcoming software testing initiative. These represent the most recent advancements in the modern software testing and test management sector, and can help teams position themselves – and their products – for success.

Must #1: Embrace Agile

By now, the agile methodology is more than just a buzzword thrown around by industry experts. Agile is a real-world approach with considerable potential that is being leveraged in more and more development projects. As testing is a major part of these efforts, it’s imperative that modern testing teams place a high importance on embracing agile methods in their work.
All About Agile guest contributor and software tester Ray Claridge recalled his first experience working in an agile testing environment, noting that the approach can provide a range of benefits for the testing team. Not only was Claridge able to be more proactive in his testing strategy, but agile shifted the focus on testing, making it a more critical part of the process as opposed to an afterthought. He was able to more easily contribute to the process, helping to establish a valuable product that was frequently tested throughout development.
“My advice to any tester about to embark into the world of agile would be: keep an open mind, be flexible, accept the tester’s role IS changing and remember, agile is here to stay,” Claridge wrote. “Don’t fight it, embrace it!”

Must #2: Transition to DevOps

As Software Testing Help pointed out, DevOps is a natural extension of the agile methodology,  making it a valuable addition to this list of musts.
“Waterfall gave way to V-Model which in turn was replaced by agile as the preferred choice for software development,” Software Testing Help noted. “DevOps is the future. It’s a continuous improvement cycle that software development models undergo from time-to-time, You need to embrace it, understand and inculcate it.”
Similar to the agile methodology, testing plays an even more important role in the process when DevOps is applied. Continuous testing is key here, as is collaboration between the development and testing teams.
However, one of the most compelling reasons for modern software testers to adopt DevOps is due to the fact that it is quickly becoming a mainstream development approach, DevOpsCube pointed out. Gartner predicted that this year, approximately 25 percent of companies will have DevOps approaches in place, helping to create a $2.3 billion DevOps market. In order for software testers to collaborate and keep up with these organizations, they must have a knowledge and understanding of DevOps testing and how it fits into these processes.

Must #3: Adopt Bimodal IT

It’s also important that modern software testers incorporate bimodal IT into their processes. According to Gartner, bimodal IT refers to the management of two, siloed IT delivery models; one of which is concentrated around stability, with the other focused on agility.
“Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy,” Gartner stated. “Mode 2 is exploratory and nonlinear, emphasizing agility and speed.”
Gartner predicted that by 2017, the vast majority of IT businesses – 75 percent – will be leveraging bimodal capabilities. Agility is a big part of this picture, enabling organizations to more quickly and easily adopt advancing technologies strategies and placing a more critical importance on testing throughout the process.
Here, it’s clear to see that these musts are considerably interconnected. As modern software testing teams look to adopt agile methodologies, DevOps and bimodal IT are natural progressions.

Agile, DevOps and Bimodal IT enable testing teams to remain on the cutting edge of the modern software industry.

Agile, DevOps and Bimodal IT enable testing teams to remain on the cutting edge of the modern software industry.