Agile, Agile and one more time Agile!

What should everyone working in Agile environment realize when in the process of developing product? And particularly what role plays QA in the Scrum.

Why Agile? It is simply keeping everyone in team on track to deliver quality product in the set time-frame. Flexibility is the primary characteristic of this method. It is so nice not to have to change routine, but reality check says that we have to be flexible. There are so many benefits from having this quality. Let’s talk about it.

Agile software development is a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams. It promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery, a time-boxed iterative approach, and encourages rapid and flexible response to change. It is a conceptual framework that promotes foreseen tight interactions throughout the development cycle. (Wikipedia)

In a nutshell – having this dynamic method implemented in the process of developing software lets teams stay focused on delivering the product while responding and adapting to business changes throughout the process. As a result of practicing Agile methodology during production the associated risks were effectively reduced and the software systems have much better addressed the business and customer needs.

Thereafter, everyone who involved in the project including QA needs to adapt to this style of workflow and mindset in order to achieve better results. Let’s see how Agile and Quality Assurance really fit together.

Traditionally, QA role was only involved at the end of the project once all coding was complete. Typically, QA would be given a requirements document against which they wrote and executed test cases. However, in Agile QA’s responsibilities go further beyond just executing test cases and reporting bugs.

Agile Quality Assurance involves the whole team. They bridge the gap between users and developers. Quality Assurance should be fluid and agile themselves, focusing on techniques to optimizing a new strategy to testing. Everyone is responsible for quality. Team collaboration can best understand and discuss new requirements,

The following facts show how the QA role carrying through agile testing:

  • Take part in estimating stories;
  • Collaborate with customers and developers;
  • Help keep vision and goals in sight;
  • Provide feedback quickly;
  • Study user requirements;
  • Help defining status done;
  • Plan testing accordingly testing strategies;
  • Tester and Analyst roles merging;
  • Automate regression testing.

QA is an important part of the team and is involved in the project right from the very beginning. While QAs still write tests and report bugs, they also support many other roles and responsibilities on the team. They are an important part of the team and are involved in the project right from the very beginning.

It was proven that the most efficient way of developing product is when everyone in team collaborates remaining focused on the same goal. The mechanism of this development style succeeded and it is important for the sake of the customer satisfaction consider it.

Agile methodology is seeing increasingly wide-spread adoption. There are solid reasons for it. So, go Agile!