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125th Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

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Software testing is critical to prevent software failures. Therefore, research has been carried out in testing but that is largely limited to the processand technology dimensions and has not sufficiently addressed the human dimension. Even though there are reports about inadequacies of testing professionals and their skills, only a few studies have tackled the problem. Therefore, we decided to explore the human dimension. We started with the basic problem that plagues the testing profession, the shortage of talent, by asking why do students and professionals are reluctant to consider testing careers, what can be done about that, and is the problem specific to locales or spread across the globe? This paper focusses on these questions. The study was carried out in one college in Canada and its findings are compared with a college in India. Studies in more colleges is required to develop acceptable national views. It also may help to study this phenomenon in more countries and develop global perspectives on the issue. However, the study certainly offers useful insights and helps educators and industry leaders to come up with an action plan to change the outlook towards testers in industry and in computer science and software engineering programs, and put the software testing profession under a new light. That could increase the number of software engineers deciding on testing as a career of their choice, could increase the quality of software testing, and improve the overall productivity, and turnaround time of software development activity.


paper ID #21627

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Waychal P., Capretz L.F. and Pardeshi S.N. Analysing Popularity of Software Testing Careers in Canada, 125th Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), paper ID #21627, 13 pages, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, June 2018.