Which is more important in Agile Testing? Commitment or Qualification?

In whatever context you do software testing, always the same question pops up; What is more important, Commitment or Qualification? So many things in software testing can appear to be influential, but none as much as these two! After all, good testing requires committed and qualified testers.

With the rise of software testing in the entire planet, comes the rise of software testing qualifications and certifications, and for some reason it feels like the only way to get your foot in the door was by having an international testing certification with your name on it.

But this wasn’t always the case, and with the rising cost of software testing trainings and certifications making some think twice about pursuing those, plus complaints from many employers that even certified, and very well-educated testers aren’t prepared and happy with their daily challenges in the workplace is it time that commitment becomes the preferred attribute for employers, or do qualifications still highlight the best testers?

Some agile experts believe that an agile team just needs the testing competencies but not dedicated testers, as some others believe that the only way to achieve good testing is to have committed testers on board. For sure there is no one answer, and we want to hear your approach too.

Baris Sarialioglu

Baris Sarialioglu

IT professional with 15+ years of experience as IT Consultant, Software Engineer, Software Developer and Software Tester for many different organizations. Highly experienced in Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Software Project Management, Business Analysis, Strategy Analysis, Requirements Analysis, DevOps, Agile Methodologies, Usability, User Experience (UX), Customer Experience (CX), Service Design, Quality Assurance and Software Testing. Has diverse experience spanning several industries including; telecommunications, banking and finance, defense, aviation, and semiconductor manufacturing. Has been involved in several challenging projects and had the chance to work in several different countries, including Turkey, the United States, Russia, Germany, China, The Netherlands, Azerbaijan and Greece. Published a number of papers and books within the Software Engineering profession and contribute to the field by regularly attending conferences as a public speaker. Has spoken at more than 50 international conferences in more than 20 countries.