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Scaling Software Agility including QA and testing

Posted in Software testing,Software testing book by testing in London on May 7, 2007

From Informit

The book “Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises” describes how agile methods can be applied to enterprise-class development. For testing and QA practices it recommends big changes:

 Big, planned/test late

 Continuous/concurrent/test fast

 Contract with customer

 Partner with customer

 Big test plan sign off

 LRM testing decisions

 Testing at the end

 Test from the beginning

 QA is responsibility for test

 Everyone is responsible

 Testers write all the tests

 Everyone writes tests

 Testing squeezed

 Low features squeezed

 Big stand-alone test teams

 Integrated with development

 Automate tests later

 Automate tests now

The impact on the testing organisation is substantial. Often, entire QA and test organizations are refactored (largely disbanded as a separate organisation) and instead dispatched to become part of individual component or feature teams. Testing is no longer a lifecycle phase; it is a continuous activity. No longer do testers test large blocks of untested code; rather, they tests systems that include new code that has already been unit- and acceptance-tested.

Development of testing automation is the rule rather than the exception. Testing skill levels increase as testers participate in design decisions and test automation development. Programmers’ skills increase as they understand how to write code that is straightforward enough to be tested. QA personnel do real QA instead of managing legions of manual testers.

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