Two weeks ago we asked if QA can be done right if there is no dedicated QA/testing team in the organization? While the question is still open, The 2020 version of JetBrains’ State of the Developer Ecosystem does quantify the extent to which this specialty has disappeared. One finding is that 43% of teams or projects have less than one tester or QA engineer per 10 developers. This is not necessarily a problem if most testing is automated, but that is only true among 38% of those surveyed.
The study also indicates that most testers do not have programming skills. The average developer says that fewer than half of the testers they work with have no programming skills. Without the ability to get under the hood, it can be difficult to write and automate tests without the help of the development team. It for this reason that 61% say test design and test implementation are performed at their company.
The QA function is not going to totally disappear, especially for customer-facing applications. If testers build on their programming skills, perhaps testing departments will face less budget pressure in the future.
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