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Software Testing Round-Up of 2023

Posted by The nFocus Team on 12/12/2023

Top Articles of 2023: A Year in Review

In the ever-evolving realm of software testing, 2023 was a year of change. nFocus witnessed significant developments in various areas and throughout the year, we’ve made it our mission to provide commentary of what we’ve been seeing along with providing our insights.

As we enter 2024, we’ve analysed the viewing patterns of our blog visitors and wanted to share our most read articles of 2023. This includes…

  • The increasing demand for skilled professionals in test automation where businesses are prioritising automation to improve efficiency and quality.
  • The challenges of using live data for testing. Privacy concerns and data integrity are among the complexities that need to be addressed.
  • Lastly, the importance of communication skills for SDET professionals was emphasised last year. The selection team at nFocus SDET recruitment days have noticed the crucial role that communication skills play in candidate selection.
We hope you find them useful. Here we go!

Let's take a look through some of our top blogs from 2023 that covered these topics and more...

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Test Automation Recruitment Challenges & Talent Shortage

The need for skilled professionals in test automation, particularly Automation Engineers, is at an all-time high. However, recruitment faces significant challenges. We delve into the current landscape, addressing the hurdles faced by organisations seeking to build a efficient testing team.

Test automation has become an essential part of the software development process and quality assurance. In this competitive job market, finding and hiring qualified candidates for test automation roles is becoming more challenging. These professionals require a specific skillset that includes proficiency in various programming languages, test automation frameworks, and test automation tools.

Our MD Ryan has had the privilege of engaging with hundreds of businesses over the past two years and these interactions have offered him a clearer insight into the specific challenges that organisations are currently experiencing. He also explains different testing strategies and their advantages.

Read the full blog here.

Personal Journey as a Graduate SDET Consultant

Dylan talked about his incredible path from the academic world to working life where he shared his first hand lessons cultivated through challenges and victories.

Dylan's role as an SDET has not just enriched his own skillset but it has left a lasting impression on his client and their new outlook on testing. The transition from manual to automated testing has been a gradual yet valuable process.

Discover the profound impact of employing an SDET Consultant as we reveal the unique contributions they bring to the table.

Read the full blog here.

The Challenges of Using Live Data for Testing

As the demand for efficient testing grows, so does the demand for relevant data to test against. We are aware that many of our clients use a copy of live data in their testing.

However, while live data for testing offers invaluable benefits in terms of accuracy and real-world simulations, organisations must tread carefully to protect data and comply with regulations like the UK GDPR.

The United Kingdom's General Data Protection Regulation is a comprehensive framework designed to safeguard individuals' personal data and regulate its processing. While data protection is paramount at all stages, it takes on a heightened importance during testing due to the inherent risks. 

Read the full blog here.

Exploring the Essential Skills SDETs need to become a Good Communicator

Our selection process hinges significantly on attributes such as confidence and approachability, factors that can influence the decision-making process.

This blog offers insights and practical tips on enhancing communication skills such as verbal, written clarity, or active listening.

Recognising that effective communication is not only essential for the selection process but also an instrumental factor in fostering a successful career in testing, the shared guidance aims to empower individuals to refine and improve their communication skills.

Read the full blog here.

When choosing a testing partner, there are several key factors to keep in mind. By downloading our '5 Things to Get the Most Out Of Your Testing Provider' white paper, you will gain valuable insights.

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