Agile Software Testing Way
Agile Software Testing Approach
What is Agile Software Testing Approach?
Agile software testing is a term widely used within S/W development communities; and to many different people, it means many different things. Some will say that agile software testing is an unorganized approach to testing, some will say that it is a project management concept, and others will say that it is iterative development. In this article, we are going to define agile software testing and the right way to approach it in order to understand how it will assist your organization in developing software.
Agile testing approach is more of an iterative development methodology, combined with project management, that brings self organizing teams (developers, testers, business analysts and project managers) and customers together in a collaborative manner that focuses on the customers’ needs and wants.
The agile approach is sound, efficient and a more common practice today than what it used to be. With the right kind of testers, developers, project managers and business users, organizations are delivering software at a faster rate. This approach allows organizations to meet the demands of its customers while staying on top of technology and bringing teams together.
The Agile Software Tester Approach
Agile software testers work as part of the team bringing insight into the rapidly changing system that is being developed. The skills that these testers bring to the table are not those that are typical of testers. Agile software testers are an elite group of testers that must have the following knowledge and/or experience:
- Great Communication
- Knowledge of Technical Architecture
- Database Structures
- Team Concept Approach
Testers on an agile team must be very participative in collaboration, sprint planning, identifying issues and constant communication with the other members. At times, these specialized software testers must also be able to serve in other capacities outside of the testing area in order to be successful. For example, in some organizations, software testers also serve as scrum masters or software project leaders to help manage the project if necessary. Agile software testers are extremely flexible and knowledgeable in regards to the project next to the developers.
Organizations tend to think that agile testing is risky and in some ways, it is. But only because of speed and the rate the team has to move. The team has to make decisions on the fly, so to speak. Compared to the traditional methods of testing, agile is becoming more and more popular as described above. The success of the organizations’ use of agile testing is in being able to meet supply and demand and with the success of the team. This has paved the way for the agile testers to become more and more involved.
It is the way to go in software testing.