Testers Are Spending a Whole Lot of Time…Not Testing

Before you get completely riled up by that statement and wasting_time_by_lawlieta-d3dc84ythink we’re calling testers slackers…we’re not! In fact, testers are quite up in arms about this un-productivity.

Based on a recent joint study by uTest, IBM and TechWell, testers are certainly spending a whole lot of time on non-testing-related activities, and testing activities that they simply feel are just a big, plain ol’ waste of time.

The study, conducted in April 2014 by TechWell, was made up of 250 software testing pros from six continents, and found that:

  • 36% of testers surveyed spend over half of their week not testing
  • 58% cite ad hoc requests as the biggest disruptor of their work weeks
  • In regard to activities where testers spend more time than they’d like, almost 60% responded with waiting for test assets, while over 50% responded with ‘non-testing’ activities
  • Some of the top activities testers wished they’d spend more time in include: creating and executing automated tests, performing exploratory testing, and designing and planning tests
  • Testers want greater organizational improvements, including increasing automation, in order to free up their time to focus on testing and improving quality

These numbers and findings are really just the tip of the iceberg — be sure to download the full report from IBM right here. It’s a good read, and gets even further into the rich story of testers being weighed down by bottlenecks hindering their ability to deliver quality.

Are these stats in line with what you’ve experienced? Are you continually spending more time on non-testing-related activities, and wish your time was better devoted to something more productive? We’d like to know in the Comments below.

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