Agile practices are preferred where project requirements change rapidly as it ensures more dynamic turnarounds. This is in contrast to the traditional waterfall approach wherein projects are well-defined with stable requirements and are long-term in nature. Implementing agile practices for software development helps clients to achieve business value consistently across the project.
Testing teams working in agile model need to adapt to rapid deployment cycles and the changes in testing patterns.
Here are the 7 key recommendations for testing in a globally distributed agile team model:
1. Focus on people over processes & mind-set over skillset
In testing cycles for agile projects, the importance of an individual contributor or a team member increases multi-fold in contrast to waterfall implementations where the processes are more important
2. Integrate testing with the development lifecycle tightly
Testing teams play a major role that considerably influences the quality of the software. Testing activity should be seamlessly embedded across the lifecycle.
3. Establish self-organizing teams
Testing teams in agile environment are encouraged to be self-organizing, i.e. self-allocate tasks; this remarkably improves the ownership for the work at an individual level for all the members of the team.
4. Redefine success for agile projects
A tester’s definition of success in the traditional model is ‘identifying and fixing bugs’, whereas in the agile model it shifts to ‘delivering workable and usable shipment’ as defined.
5. Encourage the team to communicate well
Quick turnaround to unexpected situations, adapting to the changing needs of the project and the flexibility of team members to maintain the desired project speed are some of the key elements for agile projects to be successful.
6. Make documentation important
Focusing on appropriate documentation helps accelerate the testing process, effectively manage quality issues via change management, reduce efforts required in resource on-boarding and analyze project life-cycle in its entirety.
7. Organize sessions, forums, and monthly reviews
QA & testing has greater significance in the agile projects. When success is defined to be the efficiently working software, a mindset change is called for, which results in greater efficiencies.
Why should retailers embrace agile practices for testing?
Retailers today are embracing advanced technologies across social, mobile, analytics and cloud to tap the market potential. For their systems to be up and running 24X7, testing is important. Retail has slowly, but steadily started embracing agile practices to achieve better business outcomes.
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The blog 7 Recommendations You Need To Adopt For Agile Projects To Be Successful was first published on Software Testing Blog by Cigniti Technologies. The experts at Cigniti Technologies ensure thorough validation for User Experience.