A preliminary survey of factors affecting software testers

Kanij, Tanjila, Merkel, Robert and Grundy, John 2014, A preliminary survey of factors affecting software testers, in ASWEC 2014 : Proceedings of the 23rd Australian Software Engineering Conference, IEEE, Piscataway, N.J., pp. 180-189, doi: 10.1109/ASWEC.2014.32.

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Title A preliminary survey of factors affecting software testers
Author(s) Kanij, Tanjila
Merkel, Robert
Grundy, JohnORCID iD for Grundy, John orcid.org/0000-0003-4928-7076
Conference name Software Engineering. Australian Conference (23rd : 2014 : Sydney, New South Wales)
Conference location Sydney, New South Wales
Conference dates 7-10 Apr. 2014
Title of proceedings ASWEC 2014 : Proceedings of the 23rd Australian Software Engineering Conference
Editor(s) Steel, Jim
Zhu, Liming
Publication date 2014
Start page 180
End page 189
Total pages 10
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication Piscataway, N.J.
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Computer Science, Software Engineering
Computer Science
Summary Most software testing research has focused on the development of systematic, standardised, and automated testing methodologies and tools. The abilities and expertise needed to apply such techniques and tools - such as personality traits, education, and experience - have attracted a comparatively small amount of research attention. However, the limited research in the area to date provides some indication that the human traits of software testers are important for effective testing. This paper presents the opinions of software testers themselves, collected through an online survey, on the importance of a variety of factors that influence effective testing, including testing-specific training, experience, skills, and human qualities like dedication and general intelligence. The survey responses strongly suggest that while testing tools and training are important, human factors were similarly considered highly important. Domain knowledge, experience, intelligence, and dedication, amongst other traits, were considered crucial for a software tester to be effective. As such, while systematic methodologies are important, the individual most clearly does matter in software testing. The results of our research have implications for education, recruitment, training and management of software testers.
ISBN 9781479931491
Language eng
DOI 10.1109/ASWEC.2014.32
Field of Research 080309 Software Engineering
Socio Economic Objective 890202 Application Tools and System Utilities
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2014, IEEE
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