January 17, 2012
To understand what is Agile testing, it is imperative to understand the basics of Agile development methodology which is about welcoming changes in requirements, even in the later development phases.
When agile development methodology is adapted, the key is delivering a product with minimal functionalities to the client at an earliest. Then, with every delivery, more features, capabilities and functionalities are added to the product. This method of developing and delivering application results in higher customer satisfaction.
When a testing team tests using Agile methodology, testing is not done during one phase, but testing is done iteratively with every release. This way of testing early and often ensures minimal damage and risk in the end application. In short, the speed and volume of change is huge in Agile testing, demanding the testers to embrace changing requirements.
To sum up, agile testing methodology poses certain challenges. Testers must possess full functional and in-depth knowledge of the application under test. The right kind of test automation need to be selected in order for it to be instrumental in the overall agile testing methodology. Test teams and development teams need to work closely and communicate with each other quite often. Testers must be proactive, innovative and creative and they must be able to cope up with the speed of developers and frequent releases.
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