In software development industry, the term AGILE refers to an approach which stimulates continuous iteration of Development and Testing. Agile testing means the exercise of testing software for functional or performance features with agile workflow.
The Agile Methodology can simply be explained by comparing it with the traditional approach of software development and software testing.
In a waterfall approach, for any given project’s workflow continues in a linear fashion of consecutive/sequential steps.
These steps progresses down forming a chain from Requirements to Maintenance. (Given in the diagram below)
From the diagram above, in a waterfall process the “design” or “implementation” phases comes before and are different from “verification” or “maintenance” phases.
This creates a split between the responsibilities of software developers and software testers which in turn decreases the coordination of both the teams.
The difference is a fundamental problem during product development and testing which is eliminated by agile approach.
With Agile testing process, development and testing runs parallel which to meet daily notes or task during the production life cycle.
Agile testing methodology involves uninterrupted alliance between stakeholders throughout the development process which is not found in waterfall workflow.
Testing turn out to be a crucial component of every phase of the development process.
The key idea is iterative development which is not new. Iterative development has been used with various other names like staged, incremental, evolutionary and spiral.
The important key to iterative development is to recurrently produce versions of the final system that include the subset of main features.
These subsets should be fully integrated and tested for final delivery.
The entire team (developers & testers) take responsibility to ensure the quality of the code.
Testing on the go allows the developers or testers to be flexible and to learn the limits of the development cycle.
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By Uma Raj
By Uma Raj
By Abishek Balakumar