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Would You Like to Motivate Software Testers? Ask Them How

Ronnie Edson de Souza Santos, Cleyton Vanut Cordeiro de Magalhaes, Jorge da Silva Correia-Neto, Fabio Queda Bueno da Silva, Luiz Fernando Capretz, Rodrigo Souza
2017 2017 ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement (ESEM)  
With a sample of 80 software testers we observed that software testers are strongly motivated by variety of work, creative tasks, recognition for their work, and activities that allow them to acquire new  ...  Considering the importance of software testing to the development of high quality and reliable software systems, this paper aims to investigate how can work-related factors influence the motivation of  ...  We are also very grateful to all participants for dedicating their time and attention to our research.  ... 
doi:10.1109/esem.2017.16 dblp:conf/esem/SantosMCSCS17 fatcat:wca5smkpvvfdtfon6fexzx46cm

The Tester Skills Program [chapter]

Paul Gerrard
2019 The Future of Software Quality Assurance  
that aimed to improve the skills of testers in the south of Ireland software community.  ...  This chapter describes the reasons why the program is necessary, the current status and how it is likely to evolve in the future.  ...  If you ask a tester what value they bring to their teams, they find it extremely difficult to make a strong case. The argument that testing is important is won already.  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-030-29509-7_4 fatcat:xtdrrii5v5e4dk2mcwyoxyx3ry

Exploring human factors of the agile software tester

Viktoria Stray, Raluca Florea, Lucas Paruch
2021 Software quality journal  
The testers spent half their day communicating and learned how to mitigate the fact that they had to bring bad news to other project members.  ...  This paper explores the human factors of the software testers working in agile projects through a qualitative study focusing on how these factors are perceived.  ...  Acknowledgements We would like to thank all the participants for their generous and thoughtful collaboration on this study and for allowing us to observe and conduct interviews.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s11219-021-09561-2 fatcat:epyal6pri5dpnlxtoedzghoid4

Performance appraisal of software testers

Tanjila Kanij, John Grundy, Robert Merkel
2014 Information and Software Technology  
However, review of relevant literature reveals little information of how software testers are appraised in practice.  ...  software testers.  ...  For software testers, how effectively testing has been carried out and how efficiently the testing contributed to the reliability of the software, are important.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.infsof.2013.11.002 fatcat:fwyykn5oe5fkzcojlwdd2dcz3e

Next-Generation Software Testers: Broaden or Specialize! [chapter]

Erik van Veenendaal
2019 The Future of Software Quality Assurance  
What does all of this mean for the software tester, and to the knowledge and skill set that is expected of a tester?  ...  Software has become immensely important for today's society. Despite many quality initiatives, the IT-industry is still far from being able to deliver zero-defect software.  ...  Testers have an instinct and understanding for where and how software might fail, and how to find defects.  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-030-29509-7_18 fatcat:lg6kfsheojh7resq67iaozjvji

A Preliminary Survey of Factors Affecting Software Testers

Tanjila Kanij, Robert Merkel, John Grundy
2014 2014 23rd Australian Software Engineering Conference  
Domain knowledge, experience, intelligence, and dedication, amongst other traits, were considered crucial for a software tester to be effective.  ...  However, the limited research in the area to date provides some indication that the human traits of software testers are important for effective testing.  ...  likely course of action from them would have been simply to not participate in the survey.  ... 
doi:10.1109/aswec.2014.32 dblp:conf/aswec/KanijMG14 fatcat:2tfmluthavgy7f6otedvlkdtca

What Characterizes a Good Software Tester? – A Survey in Four Norwegian Companies [chapter]

Anca Deak
2014 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
The aim of this paper is to identify the most favourable perceived characteristics of software testers and contrast them with the group of existing software engineers' characteristics provided by prior  ...  The study findings suggest that there are differences between the characteristics of a software engineer and a software tester, with communication and possessing an IT background being cited as the most  ...  Also, we would like to thank to Torgeir Dingsøyr at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, for comments of versions of this article.  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-662-44857-1_11 fatcat:7z47yh4f7vb3llzz2u3aabnrya

Towards a Model of Testers' Cognitive Processes: Software Testing as a Problem Solving Approach [article]

Eduard Enoiu, Gerald Tukseferi, Robert Feldt
2020 arXiv   pre-print
To the best of our knowledge, no theory of software testers' cognitive processes exists.  ...  Naturally, it uses and allocates multiple cognitive resources in software testers.  ...  The authors would also like to thank Per Erik Strandberg for his valuable comments on this work.  ... 
arXiv:2007.08927v3 fatcat:eofmy2ktkzefzo4bxnddoii4qe

How good are your testers? An assessment of testing ability

Liang Huang, Mike Holcombe
2007 Testing: Academic and Industrial Conference Practice and Research Techniques - MUTATION (TAICPART-MUTATION 2007)  
Thus this paper proposes two questionnaires to assess the testing ability of subjects, in order to reveal the factors that contribute to the previous findings.  ...  However as the team allocation was based on subjects' academic records and their preference, it was unclear if they were simply better testers.  ...  How good are your testers? An assessment of testing ability 1 . Introduction Sheffield Software Engineering Observatory (SSEO) was set up to empirically study software development projects.  ... 
doi:10.1109/taicpart.2007.4344103 fatcat:sq564qqlpncwnhybn2zi2qifwy

How good are your testers? An assessment of testing ability

Liang Huang, Chris Thomson, Mike Holcombe
2007 Testing: Academic and Industrial Conference Practice and Research Techniques - MUTATION (TAICPART-MUTATION 2007)  
Thus this paper proposes two questionnaires to assess the testing ability of subjects, in order to reveal the factors that contribute to the previous findings.  ...  However as the team allocation was based on subjects' academic records and their preference, it was unclear if they were simply better testers.  ...  How good are your testers? An assessment of testing ability 1 . Introduction Sheffield Software Engineering Observatory (SSEO) was set up to empirically study software development projects.  ... 
doi:10.1109/taic.part.2007.16 fatcat:5xlnm23euzacbccivn47hednm4

Software Tester, We Want to Hire You! an Analysis of the Demand for Soft Skills [chapter]

Raluca Florea, Viktoria Stray
2018 Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing  
We will examine to which extent soft skills are relevant when hiring software testers and if there are any specific skills required for agile testers.  ...  Software companies want to hire testers who can communicate well and have analytical and problem-solving skills.  ...  To be a productive software tester, one needs to understand business requirements from customers and to communicate them to the developers.  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-91602-6_4 fatcat:5pwgn45lfzctjddxihkhyxkfty

Stuck in Limbo with Magical Solutions: The Testers' Lived Experiences of Tools and Automation

Isabel Evans, Chris Porter, Mark Micallef, Julian Harty
2020 Proceedings of the 15th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications  
We discuss how automation, with all its benefits, affects motivation, causing disassociation of testers from their roles, and affecting their job-task mix.  ...  The software industry's purpose is to automate people's tasks and activities, and this applies also to jobs within the software industry, including teams who specialise in testing software.  ...  We thank the ANZTB for enabling us to run a participants workshop in New Zealand, and also the UK Software Testing Retreat for discussing our research and interim results.  ... 
doi:10.5220/0009091801950202 dblp:conf/grapp/EvansPMH20 fatcat:koqwunlgxra7fj2ouohoknufja

Should software testers use mutation analysis to augment a test set?

Ben H. Smith, Laurie Williams
2009 Journal of Systems and Software  
The goal of our research is to assess the effectiveness of the mutation analysis process when used by software testers to augment a test suite to obtain higher statement coverage scores.  ...  We conducted two empirical studies and have shown that mutation analysis can be used by software testers to effectively produce new test cases and to improve statement coverage scores in a feasible amount  ...  Additionally, we would like to thank the North Carolina State University RealSearch group for their helpful comments on the paper.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.jss.2009.06.031 fatcat:3caujubywvhi5n2ukejonga2li

Sources of conflict between developers and testers in software development

Xihui Zhang, Thomas F. Stafford, Jasbir S. Dhaliwal, Mark L. Gillenson, Gertrude Moeller
2014 Information & Management  
Interpersonal conflict between software developers and testers is inevitable and pervasive. This conflict is likely to be negatively associated with software quality and job satisfaction.  ...  chance of misunderstanding between them.  ...  (3) How did you react; how did the other party react? (4) Was the conflict escalated to management level? (4) Was the conflict resolved; if so, how and who was involved in the resolution?  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.im.2013.09.006 fatcat:6wfplh43grbljazb2qxdaoks34

Investigating Information System Testing Gamification with Time Restrictions on Testers' Performance

Navid Memar, Aneesh Krishna, David McMeekin, Tele Tan
2020 Australasian Journal of Information Systems  
On the other hand, results suggest that the performance of software testers in detecting low priority bugs in the gamified software-testing platform was better compared to the other more difficult to detect  ...  Additionally in this study, new metrics have been introduced to quantify the performance of software testers fairly and more accurately.  ...  Furthermore, participants were given the following question to answer: "How likely is time pressure making testers more productive?".  ... 
doi:10.3127/ajis.v24i0.2179 fatcat:c3dzswxzznc7jbyqvltiyiwi5m
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