The results are loud and clear: Quality Assurance (QA) is an integral and inclusive part of agile testing and digital transformation. The recent edition published by World Quality Report mentioned that testing and quality are playing a bigger role in agile and DevOps adoption.
40% of respondents said that one third of their effort goes to testing.
So the simple answer is “The future of agile testing is beginning now as DevOps Testing”
In the last decade, testing has witnessed an unprecedented agile transformation. Continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD), coupled with automated testing, is transforming technology cultures and shortening development cycles. There has been significant improvement in understand and thus adopting testing as integral part, but there are still many organizations trying to figure out where to begin with agile transformation, or how to enable their teams to achieve the goal of quality software at speed.
A collective, fluid, and adaptive approach – agile testing is where testing is consolidated across the whole life-cycle, right from project inception, and involves continuous integration of testing and development processes.
Traditionally, testing remained an independent activity performed after the entire coding was done. On the other hand, agile testing is performed throughout the process. With testers on-boarded between product owners and software developers, an evaluation mechanism is created to help developers code at their best. The target being ‘as fast as possible’, testing needs are prioritized by enlisting them beforehand for avoiding any duplication.
In agile testing, the following best practices are observed across the industry spectrum:
A popular agile methodology has the easiest adaptations from the waterfall method, primarily due to its requirement-centric approach that has fewer iterations with frequent collaborations from testers. It demands ongoing touch points across the scrum unit, from stand-ups and sprint reflections, abreast with testing priorities for delivering value in the shortest term.
Test-Driven Development (TDD)
Though organizations are challenged with this reverse methodology, it is most favored for delivering collaborative and effective processes in product development. In TDD, code is formulated for succeeding in an automated unit test. This results in test-inspired documentation ensuring better alignment of deliveries with respect to expectations.
Behavior Driven Development (BDD)
As a subgroup of Test-Driven Development (TDD), Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) gets its requirement initially from the end user’s behavior, unlike technically undergoing unit testing. Though lean by documentation, it weighs heavily on collaboration between tester, developer, and product owner. BDD uses human readable narrative of the software user stories for the test cases. With BDD, tests are created using the gherkin Given-When-Then language.
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With no boundaries scripted, Exploratory testing has been designed to empower users to carry out testing while they explore websites. This ensures that testers’ time is invested in investigating the site instead of writing every single test activity. Exploratory testing cultivates the culture of flawless communication in the organization. Following an uncharted path with undefined clicks, data entries, or just suspending the process while in action, the testers explore design, execution, and analysis as far as possible from the end-user’s perspective.
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As the adoption of agile has grown widely, agile testing has started leaving its imprints in the industry by benefitting software companies.
Increased Interaction: With a focus on people, team, and interactions, there is more personalized delivery with communication happening every time, before and after sprints. A total agile culture is thus reaffirmed in testing.
Continuous Quality Outcome: With testers involved from the starting of the project, time is saved, from early on, by testing with bug detections. In addition, having product owners on board, the entire team perceives their expectations. This results in the refinement of quality.
Quality Software at Speed: Uncompromised quality and delivery ‒ With continuous feedback and sprint mechanisms, development functions are performed on target areas. The result? Optimized software quality vis à vis accelerated delivery.
Having realized the potential agile testing can leverage in your organization, you too can join the agile bandwagon. It is essential to onboard testers who are armed with the right skill-sets and ability to determine the appropriate methodology for implementation. This way, your organization can accelerate savings in terms of cost and time. Debugging or extensions during release will be things of the past. And if you still feel unanswered on agile testing, you are free to reach our agile experts.
Disha Thakkar _QMetry_Marketplace Partner
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