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2022 Software Testing Trends

2022 Software Testing Trends

2022 has started, and everyone is thinking about how to improve their skills and the things that are done inside their companies. A lot of new things are going to happen, and new techniques will be available for use. But how do we know what topics to focus on?

In this article, 10 software testing trends for 2022 are presented- including innovative technologies, testing types, and tools. If you want to know about how the testing area will evolve in 2022, keep reading 💥

2022 Software Testing Trends – Table of Contents

Testing Centers of Excellence (TCoE)

Testing Centers of Excellence is a structured group inside a company that helps all the teams to find and integrate different methods for creating a high-quality standard for testing. The idea behind this is that you can enhance the core skills of testers, homogenize processes and tools, define common testing KPIs, increase agility, decrease testing costs, and improve test automation effectiveness throughout teams.

We have been hearing about TCoE for about two years, and companies are starting to understand their value, and identifying that this could be the solution to many of the challenges they have across teams.

CI/CD

Companies that want to improve their business processes are giving special attention to continuous integration and continuous delivery of their products. The main idea is to include several types of automated tests in each stage of software development.

This way, it is possible to find defects as soon as possible, given tests are continuously running since the beginning of the process.

This is a trend that started some years ago, but there are lots of companies that did not implement it yet, mainly because of a knowledge gap of testers. So, this will continue to be a huge trend for this new year 🎆

Testing Environments

Considering the rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), we expect to have more software operating in a substantial number of different devices, hardware, and operating systems. Ensuring good test coverage across a lot of environments is a big challenge to testing teams.

So, it is expected that we can see rapid growth in using containerized and cloud-based test environments.

Scriptless Test Automation Tools

Scriptless test automation tools make the process of test automation easier, given that these tools provide an effortless way to create automated tests, and to integrate tools in order to help the software testing activities. When using scriptless test automation, there is no worrying about the coding.

A considerable number of tests can be automated quickly, and it decreases the average time spent on test automation 💹

The number of these kind of tools is rising very quickly, and there are a lot of companies that are implementing them inside their teams. The main point to focus on here is to find a valuable tool, with features that you need, and with lower costs, or no cost at all, like TestProject.

Integration of Tools

Team members are tired of using many tools, each with a different purpose, without any kind of integration. Companies should decrease the number of different tools used and integrate as much as possible the ones that are being used.

This is a trend that is coming faster to provide more agility, the decrease of effort lost, and a better track of activities and results.

Non-functional Testing

It is being observed that there is a growing demand for analyzing non-functional requirements that were an area that most companies left aside for many years. Security, accessibility, usability, and performance are examples of areas that most companies are starting to look into more carefully.

Understanding the basis of these non-functional areas is a must that all QAs should have, in order to apply these tests in your testing strategy as soon as possible.

Visual Testing

Automated visual testing is becoming a big trend in the quality assurance area. The idea behind this concept is to automatically verify if the application looks as expected, reproducing the end user’s behavior.

There are a lot of tools that are using AI to help in automated visual testing. Although these applications should already be evolved, it is a good help to avoid doing these tests manually.

QAs should understand the concepts of visual testing and learn how to better use this kind of new tool to improve their visual testing strategies.

Blockchain Testing

Blockchain is an innovative technology that is coming faster to be the base of a high number of applications in the world. More than supporting the cryptocurrency world, blockchain technology could support different kinds of applications that need decentralized infrastructure, integrity, and security.

There are many companies that use blockchains, and the QA area should be prepared to act in this new world, as soon as possible.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Testing

AI and ML testing helps QA teams to generate better test cases, test data, and reports 📃 It also helps to better use real-time data to make smarter decisions about test strategy inside companies. AI and ML can also support teams to early detect faults, improve the test coverage, and identify elevated risk areas.

QAs should start learning and using AI and ML to reduce the number of tasks in the daily testing routine. This will lead to a decrease in the company’s testing costs and deliver software with better quality.

IoT Testing

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the combination of networks, devices, people, processes, and technology that are constantly collecting and sharing data through the internet. Considering the growing number of IoT devices and software embedded, we need to ensure its security, data integrity, performance, and other aspects that are particular to IoT applications.

Software testers must prepare their expertise and improve their skills in IoT testing, which is already a reality for most companies.

Your Vision Board to 2022 Software Testing Trends

In this section, you will get access to a vision board that was developed to guide your studies and plans for 2022, based on the trends presented in the article. It is a quick-access resource that you can print and put in front of your desk to see and remember all you should focus on in 2022 🎉

Software testing trends vision board

Conclusion

These software testing trends are an especially important guide for you to know in the upcoming year. So plan, learn, practice, and enjoy this perfect recipe for a better 2022!

Ready, set, go 🚀

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About the author

Paulo Oliveira

I’m a proactive, cooperative, and responsible Quality Assurance Engineer with more than 14 years of experience in software testing. I love to automate tests for all kind of applications (both backend and frontend) in order to improve the team’s workflow, product quality, and customer satisfaction. Even though my main roles were hands-on testing applications, I’ve worked as QA Lead, planning and coordinating activities, as well as coaching and contributing to team member’s development. Mentoring people to achieve their goals is also something that makes my eyes shine.

Website- https://paulocoliveira.github.io/qa/

LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/pcesar/

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