Software testing is an integral aspect of every software development company and is continuously evolving to cope with the advanced development approaches. Today, customers require fast updates and implementation of their software in an accurate manner. The traditional software testing methods cannot cope with the changing dynamics of industries. This makes it necessary for the development companies to integrate advanced technologies in order to make the process fast and efficient.
Agile methodology in software testing is one such technology that is highly implemented by software development companies for a wide range of benefits that it provides to them. It is a software development and testing methodology that works by a collaborative effort of cross-functional teams and clients. It works with an aim to promote continuous iteration throughout the software development cycle.
There are diverse agile testing methods that can be used by the software development companies as per their requirements. The behaviour driven development (BDD) method carries out its operations with an aim to improve communication among developers, analysts, testers, etc. so that every member knows and is involved in the software development and testing process.
The acceptance test driven development (ATDD) method involves viewpoints of diverse members which are inculcated while formulating acceptance tests. These tests describe how a system will function by verifying system capabilities.
The exploratory testing method has the ability to carry out test design and execution simultaneously with comprehensive documentation work. This testing method is more adaptable to the changing scenarios of the development industry. This method offers testers an opportunity to explore an application and identify its capabilities. The testers can use the findings to develop a design and execute tests efficiently.
Agile methodology enables greater collaboration of diverse teams such as developers, testers, coders, etc. and offers the opportunity to work closely throughout the development and testing cycle. It eliminates the documentation process by bringing automation in the approach which enables testers to deliver the test results faster. The close-knit team of testers and developers have made it easy for them to identify defects instantly by sharing immediate feedback. This enables them to identify and fix bugs while the code is still developing or still fresh.
This methodology has centralized software testing tools and resources which allows testers and developers to improve resource utilization which helps in reducing the cost incurred in software procurement and maintenance to a great extent. Also, rectifying errors and bugs at every stage of the development process helps developers to reduce the overall cost and enhances the quality of the product.
With agile, the software testing process starts right from sprint planning and is carried out till the product is completely developed and tried. This gives testers and developers, an opportunity to identify the scope of development, review testing and product requirements, and plan their efforts in a better way. The testers can also suggest ways to write various development codes to developers with the use of agile methodology.
Along with the testers, agile methodology also provides developers an opportunity to carry out the automated testing unit that helps them to eliminate errors before the software reaches to the testers. This enables testers to move directly towards regression testing that enhances the quality of the product to a great extent.
As different teams are involved in the process with the use of agile methodology, the quality of software products is not just the responsibility of testers. Every member who is involved in the process is accountable for the quality of the products. This methodology identifies results in shorter cycles that allows the team to take preventive measures to enhance the quality of products. Agile provides visibility at every level of development and testing process that enables teams to optimize application and its performance.
The time and cost of identifying and fixing defects have hugely reduced with the use of agile methodology. Earlier, with the use of traditional testing methods, the testers could only fix a defect after the product has been completely developed. This process consumed a huge amount of time and increased the overall cost of the product. The use of agile methodology has enabled testers to run the testing process within the same sprint and rectify bugs as and when they are found, that results into reduced time and cost of product.
Testers go beyond performing functional testing with the use of agile methodology and their end-to-end knowledge of the process. Agile methodology helps them to have better knowledge about the functionality of the product, enabling them to explore diverse ideas and approaches to improve product performance.
Automated software testing with agile methodology enabled faster deployment of products by returning results quickly with the continuous integration process. Limited human intervention in quality assurance process reduces the chances of errors and monotonous tasks. The testing process has become much more efficient and effective with agile development methodology.
This methodology has made it possible for the industry to improve their return on investment by inculcating automation and reducing errors in the process. The testing process has become more reliable with agile by bringing testers and developers on the same page. The efficiency of the development and testing process has increased many folds by automating complex tasks in an easier and cost-effective manner.
The codes and tasks can be used repeatedly for testing various software with its easy configuration techniques. The same test cases can be run several times in different testing process with the use of agile methodology, thereby leading to reduced maintenance costs and errors. Besides this, the new test cases can be automatically updated in the test directory with agile.
Agile has the ability to increase the depth and scope of the testing process by creating different test suites and adding diverse features to different applications. Agile enables testers to run thousands of complex cases simultaneously which increases the scalability and productivity of operations.
The testing and development process are aligned with customers’ needs and preferences which improves customer service and experience. Various software development companies are rapidly embracing agile methodology to cope with the fast-paced world and disruptive trends. This methodology has streamlined the software testing process and various aspects associated with the process. Agile has the potential to become the future of the software testing domain.
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