The Testing Time
When I started school, we had a term called ‘Extracurricular activities’ that was meant for any thing other than studies and was essentially meant sports/debates etc. As we grew up in the same school, within few years that term was then called ‘Co-curricular activities’ as the school bosses thought that these activities actually contribute towards your studies.
So when I started my last post on Wasted time in testing, I heard lot of noise from people around me who were not happy with gauging hours as a means of productivity for knowledge workers and knowledge testers. I mostly agree to them. So now I am calling that ‘Wasted Time’ as ‘Supported activities’ along with the time called actual Testing Time. Say in your typical day, you spend some time to create virtual machines, install some pre-requisites, generate some data, update some test plans etc., I’m calling all this as ‘Supported activities’ time.
(the original photo is here: http://www.automatedtestinginstitute.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=303 )
Ok, enough background and now let me share with you results of the survey that I did on this subject.
The average answer from the respondents say that the time spent on Supported activities is 43% and the range of answer is from 25% to 75% percent.
The three major contributors for these activities are Creating test environment and setups, Test data creation and Too many meetings.
So what did we learn from it? 🙂
For me, one is affirmation that others in the discipline of software testing do have the same %age spent on these activities as I have here. So I’m not alone.
And may be it’s time to think so as how we can some how save some time out of these supported activities to have more time spent on actual testing tasks. Tackling them all could be challenging but we can look at some of the opportunities. For example, it is possible to automate test environment creation for sure and that can be our starting point.
This is important because any time spent on any activity costs money. And I got this quote today morning on LinkedIn by Jerry Weinberg: “Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.–Margaret Bonanno, writer”