Worldwide Software Testing Practices Survey 2017

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ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey 2016-2017 - Report

 

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About the Survey

As a non-profit organization, with its mission of “advancing the software testing profession”, ISTQB® regularly conducts international online surveys to assess trends in the testing industry. In the 2013 ”ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey”, we collected market feedback on the impact of ISTQB® certifications; in 2015 we conducted a survey focused on “Worldwide Software Testing Practices”. In this latest “ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey”, we ask for additional feedback from testing professionals and analyse how trends and demands are changing.

The survey was designed by the ISTQB® Marketing Working Group and endorsed by ISTQB® Member boards, accredited training providers and exam providers, collecting more than 3,200 responses from 89 countries.

The survey covers several topics including insight into the motivation for ISTQB® certification, the relevance of the syllabi, the impact of training and what should be included in the future roadmap. We think it provides useful information for anyone working in or involved in testing, as well as providing valuable direction for further evolution of the ISTQB® scheme. This is an exciting time in the testing industry and the survey data will help ensure that ISTQB® develops and maintains syllabi that continue to reflect changing testing practices and meets market demands. The survey was designed by the ISTQB® Marketing Working Group and endorsed by ISTQB® Member boards, accredited training providers and exam providers, collecting more than 2,000 responses from 84 countries.

The most significant findings from ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey 2016-2017

  1. The outcome of the 2016 survey confirms the results of the one done in 2013, with a very positive evaluation of the ISTQB® certification scheme.
  2. Employee career path development is the main motivation for managers for having their employees achieve ISTQB® CTFL certification. This was the main motivation in the 2013 survey also.
  3. The survey results would suggest that career path development is an important topic that can be supported by the ISTQB® certification scheme.
  4. The survey confirms that certification exam reflects the knowledge of the candidates to a very good extent.
  5. There is high and growing interest in ISTQB® Advanced Level certification. There is a ~20% increase in demand compared to the 2013 survey response data.
  6. Most selected topics for future certifications are Cloud testing, Test metrics and Test effort estimation, User Acceptance testing, Web Based Application testing, and Test data management.
  7. Based on the ISTQB® Foundation and Advanced Level certifications’ estimations, the maturity level of software testing certification market has increased.

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ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey 2013-14

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About the Survey

The ISTQB® testing certification scheme continues to lead the profession with over 300 000 certified professionals worldwide as of June 30th, 2013. This reflects the confidence that organizations and individuals have in the scheme and the body of knowledge on which it is based.

As part of its commitment to continuous improvement and the advancement of the software testing profession, in 2013 ISTQB® conducted an international online survey of test engineers and managers.

The survey was designed by the ISTQB® Marketing Working Group and endorsed by ISTQB® Member Boards, Accredited Training Providers and Exam Providers.

It was open from June 7th to October 1st, 2013 and several thousand responses were received from almost 70 countries.

Two versions of the survey were available: one for test engineers, including 21 questions, and another one for test managers, comprising 24 questions.

This report presents the results of the "ISTQB® Test Certification – 2013-2014 Survey" and we would like to sincerely thank everybody who contributed.

The most significant findings from the first ISTQB® Effectiveness survey

  1. The majority of Test Engineers undertook the ISTQB® CTFL certification in order to enhance their career path (80%) and develop their testing skills (70%).
  2. The majority of Test Managers believe that participating in the ISTQB® certification scheme will positively impact testing quality in their projects (75%) and will enable them to provide a positive career path to their employees (55%).
  3. Test Engineers and Test Managers alike are highly satisfied with the ISTQB® CTFL certifications and happy to recommend these to their colleagues (91% - Test Engineers, 94% - Test Managers).
  4. The ISTQB® Foundation Level certification exams are seen as providing a reliable assessment of candidate knowledge.
  5. Test Managers would like to have approximately 75% of their staff certified at the Foundation Level.
  6. Approximately 70% of Test Managers consider it important to obtain Advanced Level certifications, and this opinion is shared by 63% of Test Engineers.
  7. The new Expert Level certifications are generating a significant amount of interest.
  8. There is strong demand for Agile certification throughout the world and across all major industries (85% of respondents are interested).
  9. Approximately 70% of survey participants attribute a significant part of their certification success to the courses they undertook from accredited training providers.
  10. In addition to Agile Testing, the following have emerged as the most important topics for the future: Performance Testing, Testing for Mobile Devices, and Usability Testing.

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ISTQB® Worldwide Software Testing Practices Report 2015-2016

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About the Survey

After the “2013 ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey”, in which we collected market feedback on the impacts of ISTQB® certifications, in 2015 we conducted a survey looking at the “Worldwide Software Testing Practices”, the results of which are published in this report.

The survey covers several topics, ranging from organizational and budgetary aspects, to techniques/ processes/ tools, through skills and competencies; we think it provides useful information for all the professionals involved in the testing market, as well as direction for the further evolution of the ISTQB® scheme. This is an exciting time in the testing industry and the survey data will help the significant evolution that ISTQB® is currently undertaking to ensure we develop and maintain syllabi that continue to reflect changing testing practices and that meet market demands.

The survey was designed by the ISTQB® Marketing Working Group and endorsed by ISTQB® Member boards, accredited training providers and exam providers, collecting more than 3,200 responses from 89 countries.

The most significant findings from ISTQB® Worldwide Software Testing Practices Report 2015-2016

  1. Budgets assigned to testing are large and keep on growing.
  2. Agile based SDLCs are being adopted ahead of traditional ones (Waterfall or V-Model).
  3. Segregation of duties has become a standard practice from an organizational point of view.
  4. Test tools are widely adopted.
  5. Test automation is a hot topic.
  6. Testing requires a wide range of skills and competencies.
  7. Important career paths are available for testers and test managers.
  8. The decision of “When to stop testing” is mainly based on requirements coverage.
  9. Use cases and exploratory testing are the most adopted test techniques in the business practices.
  10. Performance, usability and security tests are gaining traction.
  11. Several improvement opportunities are recognized

Click here to download the ISTQB®Worldwide Software Testing Practices Report 2015-2016

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