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
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.
Constant Integration, Consistent Quality
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.
Jotting down the advantages of Agile Testing Methodology
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.
- Transparency – Agile testing method offers transparency defining resource types and resource commitment
- Adapting changes – Changes are scary, especially when it comes to software development. Working with small or short iterations minimizes the risk factor
- Frequent and Open communication – Regular engagement between the development team and the testing team becomes a key success for the project’s consistency
Indium’s Agile Testing Approach
- Take part in Scrum Meetings – ensures we comprehensively test each business requirement and card for each sprint
- Parallel QA team & strategic overlap of time – for real time collaboration, increased productivity and significant cost benefits
- Dedicated Test Lab – Comprehensive tool sets, jump start kits, tele/video conference
- Prepare, execute and assist in automating test scripts – use the latest tools and frameworks
- Experience in testing complex and enterprise business applications
- Full life-cycle testing expertise from requirements gathering to the closure of large long term projects
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