What trends do you see in software testing?

What trends do you see emerging in software testing? Technologies? Practices?

I will start by listing:


Is Rest or XML API testing really the next big thing? SoapUI came out in 2005. Postman API came out in 2012.

I expect there will be a big focus on AI in testing.


I was probably not clear in my question, I am more after where the majority of the testing market is heading, not the next fancy thing.

I am not sure if it is the next big thing, I just was pointing out the trend of the name “API testing”, and how its been growing steadily.

Could you point me to any trends around that?

Most of the times I think I understand trends. Would like to see it happening. I think about what I could do to be prepared when they come. But in practice and in the limited place/environment I’m working things change differently.

I’m thinking myself as stuck in different years on different aspects: how people think, what CTOs want, what tool vendors promote, what marketing is focused on, what consultancies are offering, what testers are doing…etc.
In some we might be in 1985, some in 2001, some in 2050, some in 2005.
It can be hard to reconcile that what’s going to happen to a person is going to happen to everyone else…

I could probably better say what I don’t see as a trend in my current environment :slight_smile:

Shifts/trends I have spotted, besides the obvious shift left/right are: Test Coach, Test in infrastructure projects, Test as pipeline/delivery responsible. see: Where are testing roles shifting to?

While technologies are coooool and all, I would rather put the spotlight on testing outside the typical software development projects. Projects around implementing COTS systems like SAP, AX, Salesforce, EPIC etc.


With rapid advancements in technology, QA needs to upgrade their skills timely by investing their time and effort in acquiring the right skills. Below are some software testing trends emerging in software testing:

  • Demand of open source tools: Open source tools will be going to rule the market in the decade as software testing companies will be going to adopt them for implementing Agile, DevOps & Automation. This will result in much more involvement of source communities for open source tools enhancements.
  • Quality deliverable with high speed: Providing quality deliverable to the market in high speed is going to be a new mantra for software testing company and it will be only possible by involving new tools and technologies.
  • Agile and Devops integration: In terms of product delivery, deployment and faster processing, Agile & Devops are complementary to each other. Agile, use to gather requirements from client and thus providing the product delivery whereas Devops drives the product from development to operations or deployment.
  • Time for Big Data testing: Big datasets requires analytical tools & techniques. QA teams need a strong strategy for BigData Testing as it requires high-grade analytical tools along with superior techniques.
  • Demand of Performance engineering: Performance engineering involves collaboration and iteration of work product items to highest value & delivering them quickly for high-quality product.
  • Automation: It simply means automate manual effort, which will be time saving in every release. Now, companies demands hybrid engineers who can work in both manual and automation.

Hope this information is helpful for you.

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software testing industry is change day by day with the new things and techniques, because software development process comes with the Agile and DevOps development so automatically it’s lead to evolution of new software testing techniques, But I think form 2020, There are major changes happen in the software testing including…

  • Machine learning
  • IoT testing
  • Performance engineering
  • Automation Testing with the effective manual testing
  • Test Automation

I’ve not seen anyone here mention accessibility testing. For anyone developing software products that are going to be used by actual end users out in the real world, that’s going to be a need because many countries are introducing (or already have) legislation that requires companies to have accessible workplace tools.

And the way that is going, there may well be situations come up in future where the product you’re working on is superior to Application X on every measure except accessibility, and if the customer has a need for accessibility, Application X will win the sale.


I think there’ll be more of a push to the “non-functional” aspects of testing.

Given how we interact with technology is constantly changing, I can see UX becoming an increasing element for testing (and testers) to consider (rather than just being left to the users).

Exactly, non-functional requirements define the overall qualities of a system. With non-functional requirements testing, we can improve system quality to a great extent.

I can see Penetration testing is rising in software testing.

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Today, I read an article in a Dutch news website which said that data leaks increased 29% in the last year. So just by the fact that it’s visible to less technical people might indicate that testing against that sort of thing will be perceived as more important. This would mean that Pen-testing could trend more.

In addition to that, new European rules regarding privacy and the news-worthyness of other data leaks means that data protection is viewed as more important for the consumers.

In other words, I agree. Pen-testing is, or will be, trending in the very near future. And given the nature of technology (That is, everything is vulnerable), I don’t think that the trend will stop.