The year of the Goat is coming to an end and another Chinese New Year is fast approaching. Tricentis is looking forward to all the testing possibilities the year of the Monkey may bring. 

According to the Chinese calendar, the year of the Monkey will be favorable for those who keep up with the lightning fast pace of the market and are constantly on the edge of new innovations.  Monkeys have been characterized as agile and intelligent, so this year will bring a lot of growth within the testing community. Change is also expected during the year of the Monkey, making it a great year for manual testers to break free and take calculated risks by becoming test automation experts.

RAT
2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948


It’s the start of a new year and a new opportunity to complete all the open-ended projects you began at the end of last year. Coming back from vacation will result in clear new eyes to help find unexpected solutions to old problems. Look into automated testing, a solution that may free up time and money for new and more exciting projects!

OX
2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949


Oxen, this is the year to find love. I’m talking about your love for testing. Have you looked into how easy it is to automate testing for mobile devices this year? Testing responsive design may be a game changer for you

TIGER
2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950


You generally have a good sense of what you want out of life, but it’s easy for you to get too caught up in the big picture and lose focus on the day-to-day details. This year, be sure to avoid the maintenance trap. For larger testing projects that are in a constant state of flux, don’t waste your time by testing the entire application all over again, just re-scan and update the test case you need.

RABBIT
2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951


Dear rabbits, this is your year to get out there and learn something new.  Spend some time on personal improvement and discover new strengths. If you’re a manual tester, consider dipping your toes into test automation – you may be surprised by how easy it is.

DRAGON
2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952


2016 is the year to challenge yourself! Large projects are headed your way, but don’t worry if tasks become larger than previously anticipated; good management means knowing when to ask for help. If most of your projects are interconnected with third party services, or parts of it are taking forever to finish, Orchestrated Service Virtualization can help you test the whole picture.

SNAKE
2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953


Snakes are going to glide on through undisturbed this year. Ease any tension that may come up by being prepared. Look into using synthetic test data and Test Data Management for testing projects, resulting in less stress and no surprises!

HORSE
2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954


You may have your ups and downs in business this year, but a lot of the downs can be avoided.  Start the testing phase early for any of your testing projects. Shift automated API testing to the left of the product cycle to make sure those pesky bugs stay at the very beginning of the development phase – not when you’re just about ready to release your app into the market.

GOAT
2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955


Don’t rush into partnerships this year. A lot of money and fortune may be headed your way, but big testing projects mean a strong team and the need for continuous testing. QA and Software Testing should be a priority in any project you take on this year.

MONKEY
2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956


Monkeys, this is your year. This is a favorable year for all monkeys and it is a good time to encourage change for the better. Leaner product cycles, faster time to market, finally changing over from waterfall to agile methodology? This may be your chance to accomplish everything faster, stronger and better.

ROOSTER
2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957


It may seem like budgeting your finances is harder this year. Things just don’t seem to add up and the projects you are working on feel like they’ve been dragging on and draining your allocated budgets. It might be easier for you to look into testing tools where automation doesn’t require outsourcing fancy automation specialists.

DOG
2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958


You like stability and living in comfort. You’ve also mastered your job because you’re detail-oriented and a perfectionist. If you like the idea of creating order out of madness, test case design might be interesting for you. Taking test cases and prioritizing them in a manner that sorts and tests them based on highest risk? That sounds like a job for you.

PIG
2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959


Your goal this year is very clear. You are in charge of making sure that the new ERP system your company is implementing will work – in its entirety. Integrating systems without interrupting daily business may sound daunting, but as long as you are continuously testing end-to-end, that ERP system will help, not hinder you.

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