As Sr. Director of Engagement, Rajini Padmanaban leads the engagement and relationship management for some of QA InfoTech's largest and most strategic accounts. She has more than twelve years of professional experience, primarily in the software quality assurance space. Rajini actively advocates software quality assurance through evangelistic activities including blogging on test trends, technologies and best practices, providing insights on software testing to analyst firms such as Gartner, IDC. She is also an active speaker in the Star conferences run by SQE and was recently a keynote speaker at the QAI STC. Her writings continue to be featured in TechWell, Sticky Minds and Better Software Magazine amongst others. She can be reached at [email protected].
It is a common belief that testers should think like end-users by going beyond the defined requirements, seeing if the application under test addresses end-user expectations, and evaluating how it fares against competition. But with security testing, testers have to think not only like end-users, but also like hackers.
The software testing trends that are being predicted for the new year are all over the place. Rajini Padmanban looks at the predicted trends for software testing while also examining what she is already seeing as the common requests and needs in the field.
The need for creativity and innovation is felt in the world of software testing more than ever before given how dynamic and fast-paced it has become. With so many changing technologies and a multitude of people to interact with, a tester’s job calls for newer and better ways of accomplishing tasks.
Digital campaigns are everywhere today—every discipline, every service provider, and even mom-and-pop stores are exploring and investing in their digital presence. Rajini Padmanaban examines the technology investments being made by non-tech companies and the role that testers can play in influencing quality.
The idea behind naive innovation is that a person with the right mindset and passion for a certain area is a great candidate for innovation, even without having the same subject matter expertise as a domain expert. Rajini Padmanaban looks at naive innovation in software testing.
With all of the changes happening in the testing world and what is expected in order to succeed, one of the things that is needed is a change in mindset. Today’s testers need to be able to think outside traditional system requirements and instead focus on end user expectations and market acceptance.
While it is important to have distinction between testing efforts to maintain specialization and core subject matter expertise, having overlap in test efforts—testing in conjunction—is becoming a common practice.