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Agile Testing: Best to Keep Customers Happy
By HARISHCHOWDHARY | 27 Jul 2011 | Article
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Agile Testing has been an evolving methodology we’ve been seeing over the last 3 to 5 years. The popularity of this methodology can be accredited to several reasons such as the product development lifecycles and Go to market cycles (GTM) are shrinking in the light of ever changing business dynamics. Everyone wants to put the product out in the market as soon as possible capturing the customer share as soon as possible to gain control on the changing business dynamics. Agility, it seems is paying dividends for such short GTMs and providing a quick ROI. In this article, I will be talking about how agile testing is different from normal traditional testing methodology. To do this, let us look at a simple definition of Agile Testing and the principles behind the Agile Testing. The word “Agile” itself goes with the meaning “move quickly” and so the testing. In agile testing, no conventional testing practices are applicable to wait until the entire development cycle activities are completed, whereas the testing is closely intact with the development and is done in parallel as and when a piece of code is developed. Some of the principles behind the Agile Testing [Reference: Agile Manifesto] are: Customer satisfaction by rapid agile scrum (sprint) process, continuous delivery of useful software Working software is delivered frequently (weeks rather than months) Working software is the principal measure of progress Even late changes in Testing Requirements are welcomed Close, daily cooperation between business people and developers Face-to-face conversation is the best form of communication Projects are built around motivated individuals, who should be trusted Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design Simplicity Self-organizing teams Regular adaptation to changing circumstances Let us now draw the advantages of Agile testing from this definition and principles: Take away #1 from definition: The word “Agile” itself goes with the meaning “move quickly” In today’s hasty world, stakeholders and customers want quick return on their investments. They don’t want to wait for longer periods for a full featured product. As a result, nowadays new software testing paradigm is catching momentum, i.e., Scrum approach. In agile scrum (sprint) process, projects are divided into small components to be developed and then to be tested in specific time-slice called as sprint (small cycles). Each feature should get developed and tested in a specified small time-slice. Take away #2 from definition: In agile testing, no conventional testing practices are applicable In the conventional development process which is based on phases, each phase goes through thorough a lengthy validation before triggering the next stage while Agile testing does not emphasize rigidly defined testing procedures, but rather focuses on testing iteratively against newly developed code until quality is achieved from an end customer's perspective. In other words, the emphasis is shifted from "Testers as Quality Police" to something more like "entire project team working toward demonstrable quality." Take away #3 from principles: Self-organizing teams Cross functional Team work is at the heart of Agile Testing. There is no “my work”, “I have finished www.codeproject.com/Articles/230489/Agile-Testing-Best-to-Keep-Customers-Happy
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