If you have a large dev team in your software testing company, you communicate closely and cooperate with other team members often, it’s time for you to acquire an agile style of the testing process. The agile development methodology is widely applied today as it gives much better results if organized properly.
Here are 3 keys to making the testing part of development projects agile:
- Look outside your QA bucket
Try to get behind the QA boundaries. Take part in the analysis stage by attending meetings, helping to review user stories, etc. During such meeting sessions make a rule of giving your feedback and setting your testing expectations. Once you try to look outside your immediate QA role, you’ll understand the true purpose of both the stories and the project indeed and ensure that the features meet their purposes better. Grasping the business value of each story will let you find more bugs appearing outside purely functional requirements or even stop bugs from coming up.
- Focus on the technical core
The above step speeds up stories going through testing significantly, but it doesn’t handle the core of the problems you may have. To take the bull by the horns, in most cases it’s necessary to change your tech stack moving away from the undeveloped test suite built in CMS towards a proper and straightforward testing pyramid. Many software testing companies choose Ruby for a new language as it has its mature active community as well as testing built into the DNA. The testing framework should be evolved with the changing application needs to ensure better test coverage and faster feedback.
- Encourage the QA culture in your team
While the two previous steps help you improve the testing process indeed, they don’t change a tester’s role as the “QA gate”. The key to the agile model is cross-function organization of your team where nobody is strictly bound to one aspect of the product development. That’s why you have to advocate quality in every project aspect to create your team culture responsible for the software quality. Probably, the most effective method of all is excluding the QA column from your Agile board. Thus, developers no longer have their safety net that it’s testers’ role to ensure the code works as expected, and learn to take more responsibility for the quality of their code.
These steps may be difficult to apply in startups, but large IT companies already benefit from the Agile model of processes. If agility implies greater success, why not try it?