Moving from the traditional Waterfall development approach to an Agile methodology is a complex and prolonged task and globally shown statistically to dramatically improve development outcomes – when transitioned correctly.
In short, Agile requires a depth of continuous collaboration between stakeholders – including managers, developers, testers, and customers – throughout the production process. This is not seen in a traditional Waterfall workflow. Testing becomes an essential component of each and every phase of the developmental process, with quality being “baked in” to a product at every stage of its development through constant feedback from everyone holding a vision of the final product.
When testing in an Agile way, the focus is to simply do whatever is necessary at any moment to satisfy a customer’s requests. Including ensuring documentation is robust yet minimised with face-to-face collaboration and replacing siloed functions with unified, self-organising project teams. In an Agile company culture, everyone is expected to work closely together, no matter his or her role, to achieve a single goal: a high-quality software product that fulfils all of the essential specifications a client or designer requires with each iteration. Software developers, testers, and quality-assurance personnel wear each other’s hats from time to time, and while there may be a select group of people running most of the tests, the notion of a separate testing team disappears entirely for many product teams.
QoT Solutions understands the change required and the importance of change management from your quality-assurance team’s perspective. Let us assist you and your company’s culture to transition.