Hello, I’ve been a tester for 1 year now but I feel out of sync with
- What I learned theorically and what I see in social networks, here (Agile, Test automation for exemple…).
I’m not entirely sure but I think it’s because : I work in a regulated / classified business domain and it this alone causes many constraints :
Project feel very big, I’m working on almost all business areas in a ERP system (Industry, Financials and so on). I’m on the customer’s end, so in that regard :
1/ Organizational :
- I test almost all the time with future key users from the company. Which I think is a good thing !
- On the contrary I have almost no communication with developers, only through consultants from the Editor.
- Their work is difficult because they can’t access to our environments and for help, they can only use anonymized data. They also have a hard time to understand bugs that I uncover. Because I can’t share classified documentation. (They can only work from the specification).
- All our apps are on-premise, consequence : Can’t automate test (?) don’t know any test automation tools that can be deployed while respecting those constraints : Must work on premise without transfering data outside the network. (So at some point, we gave up about test automation). In that regard, even if I’m insterested in learning about test-automation, I wouldn’t be able to use it in my current job.
2/ Testing itself :
- Most of the test I write are to check if the program is working as specified and have little room “test outside the box” such as : Seeing if I change a parameter, it still works as intended. But I hear so much about testers “trying to break things”. In my job, I don’t want to break things, they are hard enough to figure out without trying to break them !!
- As you may have concluded, All our test are manual, which is a time-killer, but feels good because by doing manual tests, I feel like I’m learning by using everyday the app (almost like a future user) ^^.
One day, I’ll get another tester job in an other company, but when I say I feel out of sync, I don’t know if my tester experience is up to date with today practices.
Well … I worked in a restaurant and did social sciences before becoming a tester so I’m partly answering my own question… but still !
I don’t have all in my mind, but mostly wanted to know if some of you are also working in classified/regulated companies, and maybe share our experiences ?
Thank you all for reading, and sorry for my bad english !!