Why Agile Teams Need Automated Software Testing

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-01-2017 Email

While organizations view automated software testing as a key component of agile tech deployment, many aren't capable of implementing this capability, according to a recent survey from Zephyr. The resulting report, "How the World Tests 2016," indicates that a notable share of IT teams struggle with a lack of adequate time to run software tests, as well as an absence of required testing resources. They also don't have people on staff who are qualified to oversee test automation, and, in many cases, the software products involved aren't even compatible with automated testing. Looking ahead to the rest of 2017 and beyond, tech departments will have to overcome these obstacles in order to keep up with growing demands for mobility, the internet of things (IoT) and other innovations. "Testing teams in a breadth of industries face the same issues in deploying tools and providing internal training fast enough to meet the needs of continuous software deployment," said Scott Johnson, CEO of Zephyr. "Investments in these two areas in 2017 will enable critical automated testing to perfect the agile workflow and deploy software faster to meet consumer demand for updates in innovative technology." An estimated 1,000 global IT professionals took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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