DevOps elevates the role of quality professionals to a strategic level and presents amazing opportunities for career growth.
In the past, the role of QA focused primarily on executing testing activities — writing test cases, executing manual tests, and reporting issues to the developers. There were typically only a few automation engineers in the product organization, while the majority of quality professionals were manual testers. The reason was test automation engineers needed a strong technical background, some development skills, strong communication skills, and a solid understanding of business requirements. Historically there was a high demand and low supply of people with this unique skill-set. Therefore product teams relied heavily on manual testers for quality assurance.
However, DevOps changes everything. With multiple releases to production per day, testing a build needs to take minutes, not days. Software teams need qualified professionals to lead and coach the rest of the team - especially developers - by advocating for the user, teaching best practices, and helping achieve the benefits of end-to-end testing.
Fortunately, low-code test automation tools like mabl can help manual testers or quality analysts to become automation engineers. As the time spent on manual testing is reduced, QAs can dedicate more time to playing the strategic role of quality coach on the team and help everyone participate in the quality assurance process.