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You know about agile software development, wherein coding is quick and continuous. Due to continual releases and ongoing development, testing is an integral part of agile development. Without testing the builds more frequently and effectively, you cannot ensure the quality of the build. There are a few challenges faced by agile testers:
1. Modify Your Character Traits
Successful agile testers have specific characters and mindsets. You should be passionate about coding, creative to some extent, and be forthcoming with your opinions. Soft skills are important: in communication, management, and leadership. Agile development and testing requires you to know the clients’ expectations before the delivery of the program.
2. Learn How the Data Flows Through the Application
In order to analyze your application and know how it works, first learn how the data flow inside it. Knowing the data flow will tell you volumes about the components and how they interact with each other. It will also give important information on the data security of the application. The data flow knowledge is very important to recognize and report defects in your app.
3. Application Log Analysis
AUT (the application under test) needs you to analyze the logs, especially in the case of agile testing. These logs give you a lot of information on the system architecture of the AUT. You may have heard about “silent errors.” These errors don’t show their effects to the end users immediately. Log analysis is your friend if you want to spot silent errors faster and be more useful to the development team.
4. Change- and Risk-Based Testing
In an agile environment, software coding and testing happens fast. The marketing time for the application is very important here, and both the development and testing teams work together to achieve minimum go-to-market times. In this environment, understanding the parts of the application that are being changed in each modification is important. If you can estimate the overall effect of this change, you can better spot bugs and errors.5. Know the Objectives
You, the agile tester, have to perceive the application as an end user. Use it in the way an end user would. This means, in order to come up with the best testing strategy, you should understand the key areas, parts, or features of the application that an end user is more likely to use. You may also need separate strategies for product architecture. The end-user focus may help you test for the sake of the application’s business objectives. This means, you can easily prioritize the defects. Meeting the needs of the end user is the most important aspect of software development anyway.
6. Use Browser Plugins and Tools
Agile testers may from time to time realize the value of browser tools. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers come with developer tools within them. These plugins allow the tester to spot errors quickly. You can also use a third-party plugin (an example is FireBug) to test.
7. Repositories of Requirements
You have to know the type of agile strategy that your organization uses: Agile Unified Process (AUP), Adaptive Software Development (ADP), Scrum, Kanban, etc. The testing and development team may create documents on test cases, and you should analyze all the documentation. After a long time, you may find the requirements and test scenarios are gathered into a large repository, from which you can gather quite a bit of information.
8. Test Early, Often, and Always
Exploratory Testing (ET) is the sort of testing in which the process is instantaneous. ET is an important agile process. In order to develop and deliver an application, testing has to be done as early, as often, and as continuously as possible. Other testing types, such as functional and load testing, should also be incorporated into the project plan for more efficiency.
Agile development depends a lot of the stages of development. Hence it is more important than the end product. This is the reason why testing has become a major part of development. In the current agile development scenarios, unlike the olden times, software companies and professionals take a real-time look at the testing environments and cases.
This Post Contributed by Lenin VJ Nair, is the senior content writer for MSys Technologies. MSys is a test-automation provider from Johns Creek, Georgia. The company focuses on industries such as storage, virtualization, test automation, telecommunication, embedded technology, etc. At free time, Lenin writes for his tech blog Blue Bugle.