It’s no secret. More and more jobs are moving overseas or becoming entirely automated. This is especially true for low-skilled jobs that don’t require much thinking, training, or intuition.

But even positions within law and medicine are moving overseas, thanks to major advances in telecommunications. You can’t necessarily outsource open-heart surgery, but you can hire:

  • a diagnostic team in India to provide analysis
  • a billing team in Singapore to handle paperwork
  • a pharm team in the Philippines to fill out prescriptions

And What About Software Test Management?

So what does this mean for software testing – a profession that already lends itself to remote working and increased automation?

Well, there’s good news and bad.

The bad news is that having a physical presence is becoming less and less important for many companies out there. Thanks to SaaS-based software test management tools and global, high-speed connectivity, you can have your development team in one location and your software testing team in another one (see our earlier post on this very topic).

At Testuff, we honestly believe that more centralized teams yield better results, but we live in an increasingly international community with talent spread all over the globe. Not every company has the financial resources to invest in corporate campuses the way that Google, Apple, or Microsoft does.

Now the good news.

Whereas outsourcing needs may vary from company to company, comprehensive automation is still a long ways away. Yes – for older types of tests or for very basic testing, it’s possible to automate everything.

But 2 things to keep in mind:

  1. With those tasks that can eventually be automated, there usually exists a lag time between innovation and true automation… during which, you still need that human element… someone to ask the right questions, run the right scripts, and apply outside-the-box thinking to develop new workarounds and ideas.
  2. Not all tasks can be automated.

There Will Always Be a Place for Software Test Management

Just to recap. Some things can never be automated, and those that can typically remain dependent on human intervention for years. You need someone to apply intuition and creativity and lateral thinking.

However, to fully exploit the lag time between innovation and true automation, you need to stay on top of your game – especially as the gap between developer and tester continues to narrow.

We’ve said it before many times, but constant retraining is the single greatest asset at your disposal (#2 in your arsenal is Testuff’s test management suite of course…).

By consistently developing specialized expertise in knowledge-based and intuition-based testing, your skills will always enjoy high demand – both for routine tests that have yet to graduate to automation and for more complex tests that will forever remain dependent on human intervention.