Testing, Ka-Ching!

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There are also motivations that are not driven necessarily by the craven greed for money. Once testing generates revenue, more resources will be available to invest, so that overall test coverage and product quality will increase. And as customers coalesce around common test cases and technologies, it will become possible to share test assets, further expanding cooperation and leveraging the community.

Even these feel-good benefits have a potential revenue impact: The quality and functionality of the testing solution could become a competitive weapon in and of itself. Speed and efficiency of implementation, as well as customer satisfaction and community, are advantages that might differentiate otherwise feature equivalent offerings.

I realize that shifting the entire economic and organizational paradigm for testing is no trivial undertaking and will take a lot of time to unfurl, but I've waited twenty years so far. At least this company has broken ground.

About the author

Linda Hayes's picture Linda Hayes

Linda G. Hayes is a founder of Worksoft, Inc., developer of next-generation test automation solutions. Linda is a frequent industry speaker and award-winning author on software quality. She has been named as one of Fortune magazine's People to Watch and one of the Top 40 Under 40 by Dallas Business Journal. She is a regular columnist and contributor to StickyMinds.com and Better Software magazine, as well as a columnist for Computerworld and Datamation, author of the Automated Testing Handbook and co-editor Dare To Be Excellent with Alka Jarvis on best practices in the software industry. You can contact Linda at lhayes@worksoft.com.

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