The industry that keeps on evolving with each passing day is none other than software development and software testing. This has significantly also evolved the role of software testers from then till now. For the successful and effective launch or delivery of software products and applications, management in most of the organizations put heavy pressure on the shoulders of software testers alone. Along with that, software testers are assumed to upgrade and enhance their skill set, know about coding, and understand the different functionalities of the business. That’s the major reason behind the evolution of software testers from past to present.
With the presence of new and modern ways of developing and testing a software product or app, a lot of valuable time of software developers and software testers have been saved. Incorporating the modern-day practices of software testing has made it possible for the software testers to track different testing processes and activities, quantify and optimize these testing activities and processes. If we start comparing traditional testers with modern testers, we would be able to conclude that modern testers dominate the testing field. In traditional testing methods, software testing is only carried out after the build and execution phase. Because of the adoption of modern testing methods, software testing is carried out at each stage of software development and installation, namely in the requirements phase, design phase, construction, and execution phase, testing phase, installation phase, and installation phase. Maintenance phase.
Let’s delve into more detail about how modern tester differs from the traditional one;
The difference in terms of roles - Traditional testers have a single test strategy that they usually use in all situations. They follow a single test method and usually do not use a codebase. Unlike developers, they don't have many opportunities to improve existing processes. However, that’s not the case with modern testers. Modern testers not just indulge themselves in testing but they also contribute to all important stages of software development and testing with a big smile. The major goal of modern testers is to make sure the best of the best coordination among different teams for a better and improved software product. Besides this coordination is also important at each phase of development, so that the software can be tested and timely fixtures can be made thereby eliminating time and cost involved in rectifying the bugs in the later phase of development.
The difference in terms of expertise - The traditional tester’s expertise is merely confined to the testing, while they do not have any need to fully use there and they do not need to introduce in detail how to use their testing knowledge in each process of the project development. But unlike traditional testers, modern testers play a significant role in almost every stage of the software development life-cycle. Modern testers are called modern because they move with the flow of modern and advanced technology and methods. They come up with different and out of the box testing strategies according to the nature of the software project, analyze different business processes & operations and how these processes work with the application, and analyze how the application benefits the product owner. This does not mean that a modern tester needs to be a pro programmer but he/she must have sufficient technical knowledge.
The difference in terms of tools - Traditional testers don’t have the specific technical knowledge and they also lack the expertise that’s why they use the testing tools that organizations ask them to use. They don’t find ways or tools themselves to make a software project a great hit. However, modern testers are clever and tech-savvy, they have curious minds and for the sake of making things more efficient, they find advanced tools to do so. A modern tester is always curious to learn and explore different methods, strategies, and approaches to testing. He or she explores the latest testing tools like test management tools for Jira. A modern tester follows test-first and continuous delivery approaches.
The difference in terms of skill set - The Traditional testers typically possess the skill set that includes a curios mentality, logical reasoning, and rational way of thinking. Also, they are able to recognize and apply their basic domain knowledge.
Adding more to the above-mentioned skills of traditional testers, modern testers possess a skill set that includes reading, writing, analyzing codes capabilities, the ability to grasp the bigger picture of a problem in the project, spotting and fixing design issues, effective and clear communication of technical and business needs and an ability to Identify different use cases for manual testing. These skills sum up to be a good modern tester.