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Software Testing Life Cycle? Bleurgh!

I was recently updating my LinkedIn (Add me here if you like) and I was looking through the skills, something that I find as a bit of a pointless feature, well, the endorsing of skills is a bit pointless, as I have people who I've never worked with endorsing me for skills that they really don't know I have, it's nice that they feel they can endorse me but it happens so often, that it kind of makes endorsements pointless? Anyway, I digress...

There was a skill in there for the Software Testing Lifecycle, and I thought about it, and what it meant. It's saying that you can have a skill in just the software testing lifecycle, but in my opinion, we should be moving away from this, we shouldn't be focusing on just the testing phases, we as QA should be involved from the offset, and hence, we shouldn't just be having a Software Testing Lifecycle as a skill, we should be aiming for having the Software Development Lifecycle, as we are all (Devs and QAs) involved in the development and testing of a software product.

Maybe I'm being too cynical, but I really think that little things like this, don't help in a quest/vision to be seen as one.

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  1. It's all bollocks really, I see it on job ads all the time "familiar with SDLC", totally meaningless so I dont think aiming for that is useful. What exactly does it mean??
    Yes I am skilled in the SLDC. Which one? the one in a textbook? the one at Acme Inc? The one at Google? The one at MS?

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    1. It's more about being aware of the different types of development lifecycles, and the pros and cons of each I guess. I really disliked the Testing Lifecycle as I disagree that testing is a seperate process in the dev lifecycle. I see your point tho, there's such a variety of different SDLC that it in itself shouldn't really be part of a job desc or a skill as such.

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  2. I agree with this comment completely. You need to understand both concepts and not restrict youself to one..... if a tester understands the development life cyle then they will know when is best to engage the software test life cyle.

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  3. Software Development life cycle is the process which is followed to develop a software product. It is a structured way of building software applications. Most organizations have a process in place for developing software; this process may, at times, be customized based on the organizations requirement and framework followed by organization.

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