The Business of Software Testing (Business of Testing)
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The Business of Software Testing

About the Book

For nearly a decade, I was employed by large consultancies and service providers, offering Software Quality Management services to a global customer base. Many of my strategic customers were in the Banking and Financial Services space. Working with these large providers, I was accustomed to a target-driven, fast-paced work life – one where business acumen and commercial savvy were part of everyday life.

However, my experience with many of my customers was quite frustrating. Many of these were test professionals who “came through the ranks” over the years and were now heading up QA/Testing capabilities. They often had excellent technical skills but little business understanding. Many considered QA/Testing to be a means to an end: risk mitigation, speed to market, cost management. Their approach was not driven by business and commercial principles, but often by technology, test tools and frameworks.

Nowadays, I work on “the other side of the fence” – I am now a customer of many of my previous employers and competitors. I therefore believe that I have unique insight into the world of Software Quality Management.

"The Business of Software Testing" is a must-read for all Software Quality Professionals. Why would you read this book? Are you a Software Quality Testing Professional, or keen to become one? Interested to learn more about the dynamics of our industry? Keen to grow as a leader with business acumen and commercial savvy? Want to know how vendors operate and how customers buy? Would you like insights into the future of Software Quality Management?

About the Author

Johan Steyn
Johan Steyn

Johan Steyn is a technologist and management consultant. Over the last two decades he was involved in the fields of computer hardware distribution, software development and mobile phone technology. He held senior roles in global consulting firms. 

He is an Artificial Intelligence enthusiast and speaks globally at conferences on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Emerging Technologies.  

He is a published author who regularly contributes articles on thought-leadership to well-known publications. He is the Chair of the Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics with the IITPSA (Institute of Information Technology Professionals of South Africa).

Table of Contents

  • About the author
  • My other books
  • Dedication
  • 1 A brave new world
  • 2 Software testing is big business
  • 3 Career navigation
  • 4 The software shipyard - building our builders
  • 5 Testing interns - thrown to the wolves
  • 6 Buying software testing
  • 7 Selling software testing
  • 8 Starting your own testing business
  • Conclusion

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