Mega Testing Week 2020 is one of the greatest software testing events in Latin America, bringing together the communities of Bolivia, Uruguay and Argentina. As we know, Quality Governance is essential to make software developments more efficient and reduce costs in IT.
Our colleague Jesús Alonso, Service Manager of LedaMC, has been invited to participate in the round table sponsored by Brightest under the title: “New technologies and quality: being a tester in the 4th industrial revolution”.
How can the role of the tester in new technologies have an impact on this 4th Industrial Revolution?
What do we understand by the 4th Industrial Revolution?
It started defining what we mean when we talk about the 4th industrial revolution.
The first industrial revolution took place in the United Kingdom and France in the 19th century. The second one was around the 50-60’s when electronics started to be included in the productive processes while, in the third one, the concept of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) emerged and it was computer science that started to intervene in those processes. Now they call it “the internet of things” (IoT), big data, block chain, concepts that make the limits between the logical, the physical and the biological start to get blurred. In the fourth industrial revolution, a large number of intelligent products are coming together that are beginning to change not only production systems, but also consumption models.
The future of Testing
In the round table, interesting ideas were brought up, such as the challenge within the framework of ICT competencies about whether we are going to continue testing the how and not the purpose. Because software is beginning to be introduced in all fields such as mobility, at home, etc., emphasizing that we must analyze the most sociological part of software, not only the technical part. However, we must not lose sight of the technical background of the testers, to avoid losing the ability to adapt to new technologies.
Another very important point raised by the table was, how Quality influences the efficiency of the developments and makes possible to reduce costs in IT
Quality and efficiency
Jesús Alonso pointed out that to maintain the quality of the developments in environments where the pressure on them is constantly increasing, it is necessary to have a 360º vision. The fourth industrial revolution is a revolution of applications. Immediacy, collaboration and placing the user at the center of developments will mark this era. The software product is the center.
They all agreed that the quantification of the software product through the industry’s de facto standard, such as IFPUG’s method, allows us to have a more accurate knowledge and governance of quality, avoiding unexpected costs.
Under this line, the European Parliament has taken a big step recommending the function points to measure the software. If we use these function points to standardize quality, which ensures that the delivered product “works”, we will see how productivity increases without affecting the final cost of the product.
Thanks to all participants of the table for such an inspiring meeting.
Looking forward MTW 2021.
If you want to see the full debate, here is the link to “round table” Brightest “New technologies and quality: being a tester in the 4th industrial revolution”