The recession is changing the types of skills and experiences required of Quality Assurance (QA) professionals. According to a survey of engineers and QA experts by Capgemini US and Hewlett-Packard, companies are looking to speed up software development cycles. Since agile software development methods promise a faster development time, in addition to cost savings and improved software quality, it is perhaps not surprising that the most sought-after QA professionals are those with demonstrated agile software development skills.
The widespread adoption of agile development is changing the skill sets needed by QA professionals. The notion of a tester as just a tester is gone. Companies are looking for QA professionals with a range of skills and an ability to look at software quality from multiple angles and disciplines. The survey found that in North America and Europe about 60 percent of those organizations are using agile development methods. A survey earlier this year of 1,300 IT professionals by Forrester Research found an adoption rate as high as 46 percent.
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