How Agile Methodologies Challenge Testing
Approaches to system testing have been developing due to business needs and budget, work environment and especially time constraints.Let’s see how this development took place and which approach suits your system and your company better: the traditional classic testing or agile testing
The traditional approach
The traditional software development follows a linear approach that consists of clearly identified steps
- Planning the test
- Creating test cases in a written form
- Execution of the test manually
- Developing reports
- Evaluating whether the system needs further testing
Classic testing is perfectly suitable for classic software development methods. Classic and traditional testing are both based on linear approach composed of the following steps:
- Gathering requirements
- System design
- Code and unit testing
- System testing
- User acceptance testing
- Bug fixes
- Product delivery
Unlike traditional testing, agile testing is based on teamwork and follows a non-linear approach. Agile testing conveys everything the word “agile” means. The idea behind the agile development method is cooperation and team work. Teamwork here is about making work faster and smoother. Intervention from any team member may take place at any time; other members of the team should be ready to change direction in a quick and smooth way.
The main aim behind agile method is delivering the project sooner than projects that followed the traditional method.
This method has proved its success with software developers. But how and when should quality assurance QA team start to test the software?
Agile development methods need agile testing.
In traditional testing, testers usually start at the end of the project in order to do their job and they follow the traditional testing method where they start with planning tests and end up with evaluation.
With agile method, testers have much less time to follow the usual steps. Testers agreed that their work should be catered in order to fit in an agile development method. This does not mean that testers should pull up their socks and work harder than usual. It just means that testers should be part of the team from the beginning of the project and update developers with each progress they make. In their turn, developers should inform testers whenever new software is ready to be tested.
Besides, instead of testing the product when it is complete, testers need to intervene as soon as possible to test it automatically through a tool that records clicks and keystrokes in order to find enough time to add new automated test cases or explanatory testing.
An agile tester needs to be into development, debugging and testing. This way he/ she can help developers, understand their need and explain the situation from the point of view of a developer and tester.
At Improve Software, we chose agile testing over traditional testing since we sae that it helps clients save their precious time and invest it in something else. We believe that cooperation between QA team and developers’ team would result in ideal software in a short time frame. Our team of experts has been to both worlds, the world of development and that of testing in order to boost cooperation and bridge that gap between developers and testers.