“The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it” said Oscar Wilde a long time ago. I don’t know if we have to rewrite the history of test automation, but we do need to talk about the past, the present and the expectations for the next generation of tools and techniques.
Many of us have seen that test automation did not always work out and bring the expected ROI. We have met a lot of sales guys offering gold, but after scratching on the surface we saw that there was a lot of lead inside. There is no universal test automation tool for all your needs. You have to look for the best solution to suit your specifc needs. Sometimes you can buy, sometimes you can use freeware and sometimes you have to build your own. However, we have also seen that there are a lot of cases where test automation makes sense and brings the expected ROI. It is certainly a matter of experience.
I think that the articles in this issue will give you a favour about the test automa- tion world outside and give you some hints for your daily work. I would recommend that take a look at Bj Rollinson’s blogs. He has a lot of good hints and tools for test automation in it. Sorry Bj! You will have 150,000 hits in a few days.
The whole world talks and worries about the fnancial crash. In my opinion, it provides a good chance for the testing world and for the profession. The Germans said: where there is shadow, there is also light. Industry, fnancial institutions and governments have to spend money to ensure that their requirements are achieved. Test professionals have to focus more than ever on results. They have neither money nor time to lose. Techniques and the experience, based on a proper knowledge of the customers’ requirements, are essential to complete within planned time and budget and to survive in the market. No more games! Just quality.
It is no coincidence that ISTQB Certifed Tester Certifcations have reached over 100,000 Certifed Testers worldwide. I think this refects the market needs and the objectives for a common knowledge and high levels of professionalism. The certifcation will, of course, not make you a tester within three or four days. Only experience does that. But you get the background! We now have the fourth issue of Testing Experience and are very happy about the audience’s acceptance. We had over 150,000 downloads for the third issue. Thanks!
Thank you very much also for your compassion for not having a holiday during the summer time. I have to tell you that I did have a wonderful time in October in Delhi and Agra visiting also the “Taj Mahal”. Wow! I belong to the those who have seen it. I spent some days at the Test2008 conference. I can only recom- mend you to visit it next year. It was a great conference. For Europeans, India is a country rich in contrasts, full of feelings and temptations. I was delighted with it and also with the people that I met there. An experience for life. I’m looking forward to going back soon.
I was also at the SIGIST in Israel. Go for the next one! It was a wonderful conference. Israel is an amazing country also for holidays with the family. I was with my family also in Bethlehem – West Banks, Palestinian terretories -. Only good impressions and safe!
Over Christmas, I will be four weeks in Gran Canaria visiting my family and enjoying the beach, the people and the sales! Should you also be there, drop me an email. We can go for a beer or two! I’m aware of the fact that I won’t get any compassion after this.
Last but not least I would like you to note the dates for the next “Testing & Finance”, which is going to take place in June 22-23, 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany. We expect over 500 people who are involved in Testing and Finance. See you there.
José Manuel Díaz Delgado