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Industry Stats: When Testing Starts 2012

By Blake Young | Marketing Manager

INSIGHTS // Reports

22 Mar 2013


INSIGHTS // Reports


By Blake Young

22 Mar 2013

Each year the Index reports the continuing desire to commence testing earlier in the SDLC, but continually this fails to be realised. In 2012 the situation has continued to decline as 80% of respondents indicated their dissatisfaction with how late testing begins.

The vast majority of the industry prefers commencement of testing during the requirements phase, however only 18% managed to achieve this. In reality, over 70% of testing started at the build phase or later.

Planit Testing Index 2012: When Testing Started – Actual vs. Desired

 Actual  Desired 

When comparing the performance of local software development projects against previous years, it becomes obvious that testing is slipping further behind in the SDLC, with 13% fewer projects commencing testing in earlier phases (requirements or design phase).

Of key industries that responded, it was Government who lagged furthest behind in testing, with only 14 percent commencing testing in either the requirements or design phases. By comparison, the Financial Services and Software Development/IT industries were far more likely to commence testing in these earlier phases, both registering a response of approximately one third of projects.

Planit Testing Index 2012: When Testing Started – Yearly and Industry Comparison

Year by Year Comparision: 
2012 Results
2011 Results
2010 Results 
Cross-Industry Comparision: 
 Financial Services 
 Software Development & IT 
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