What Malaysian software students think about testing?

Luiz Fernando Capretz, Shuib Basri, Maythem Adili, Aamir Amin

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Software testing is one of the crucial supporting processes of software life cycle. Unfortunately for the software industry, the role is stigmatized, partly due to misperception and partly due to treatment of the role in the software industry. The present study aims to analyse this situation to explore what inhibit an individual from taking up a software testing career. In order to investigate this issue, we surveyed 82 senior students taking a degree in information technology, information and communication technology, and computer science at two Malaysian universities. The subjects were asked the PROs and CONs of taking up a career in software testing and what were the chances that they would do so. The study identified 7 main PROs and 9 main CONSs for starting a testing career, and indicated that the role of software tester has been perceived as a social role, with more soft skills connotations than technical implications. The results also show that Malaysian students have a more positive attitude towards software testing than their counterparts where similar investigations have been carried out.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE/ACM 42nd International Conference on Software Engineering Workshops, ICSEW 2020
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450379632
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2020
Event42nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering Workshops, ICSEW 2020 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 27 Jun 202019 Jul 2020


Conference42nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering Workshops, ICSEW 2020
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • cross-cultural studies
  • human factors in software engineering
  • software careers
  • software engineering
  • software testing


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