Do you need to be multi skilled in different test tools?
I read an article that commented on the current state of the I.T market globally for development, and how an individual needs to have a mix of known languages that they can use. The mix consisting of one or two langauges they know well, and perhaps another that they can get by in when needed.
This leed me to thinking... is this same approach adopted by QA Engineers? I for one have experience with AQTest and WinRunner. Of the two I'd say I was more confident with AQTest.
Having experience of two test tools I feel resonably confident of finding automation work, somewhere, but then again is two enough?
The argument could also be extended to include 'what if' you were supremely proficient in just one tool, say WinRunner. Wouldn't this make you more attractive to companies who have this tool, and grant you more money due to your experience?
Re: Do you need to be multi skilled in different test tools?
Well i for one dont think that proficiency in all the tools is needed. If you have a good understanding of the automation methodology, and have past experience in atleast one good test automation tool it should be enough to get you around other tools in a much lesser time.
However the argument that you posted about the companies to grant you more money if you should posses absolute mastery in one tool, holds good conditionally. Certainly with the prevailing market conditions, any company would look at a a ready resourse than at a probable resourse. So say for example if the company recruiting you is into using WinRunner, and you posses excellent mastery in WinRunner than you ceratinly would get the best pay package, however if the company is into using say SilkTest, maybe it would prefer a person with lesser SilkTest experience than you.
But all this is subjective as say for example your experience with WinRunner is about five years and another person walks in with a One year experience of SilkTest, you would have upper hand.
Well to summarize it all i could say one thing, proficiency in one single tool or many is not important, if the underlying methodology and process is learnt, it would pose no big hassel to get aquainted with any tool. One good argument for this is say today you educate and achieve mastery over five of the most leading auotmation tools, what if half of them are outdated or obsolete ?
Anyway being in touch with the latest is the best course of action .....
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