Software testing is one of the most critical aspects of the software development life cycle, but it's often poorly understood. Because they're so often the bearers of bad news (highlighting bugs, glitches and areas where user experience is poor), testers are often perceived as bottlenecks, but they are just doing their job to ensure that applications are bug-free and functioning correctly. Testers may feel overwhelmed and frustrated when they are left out of early design and development conversations, have their role denigrated or have to deal with poorly written code and lack of resources. Despite all the frustrations that testers have to deal with, most are happy with their jobs and enjoy their application testing career. Our panel of testers open up about their experiences and talk about:
Alan is founder, CEO & editor-in-chief of Techstrong Group, the company behind DevOps.com, Container Journal, Security Boulevard and Digital Anarchist, as well as co-founder of the DevOps Institute. As such, he is attuned to the world of technology, particularly cloud, DevOps, security and open source. With almost 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, Alan has been instrumental in the success of several organizations. He is an often-cited personality in the security and technology community and is a sought-after speaker at industry and government conferences and events. In addition to his writing, his DevOps Chats podcast, DevOps TV and Digital Anarchist audio and videos are widely followed. Alan attributes his success to a combination of a strong business background and a deep knowledge of technology. His legal background, long experience in the field and New York street smarts combine to form a unique personality. He is a graduate of St. John's University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics, and holds a JD degree from NY Law School.