When it comes to manual software testing, there are a lot of trends in today’s software development world, making it a rat race to achieve certain targets, maintain the certain quality and provide the ideal customer satisfaction, all at once, and all in a time frame that is limited.
This is a change in how the business runs today than it did several years ago. This is mostly because of the technological advances that have happened over the years. One of the technological advances and s new concept is called the Agile Methodology.
This concept is greatly invested in by a number of Product Development companies, and newer ones are more and more interested in it. The IT industries, in particular, have taken a deep interest in the variety of software system and its development, and therefore it is important for companies to invest+ in concepts that will help with delivering the best services.
However, the software system is also a part of the development of the software, and therefore the testing needs to be developed and changed to fit the bill. Agile Testing is a product of such software testing on various software models.
What exactly is Agile Testing?
There are applications that are constantly changing to fit the customer services, with an end goal of keeping the demands of the end user in flow with the market condition present at the moment. It is not a practical solution to go to the standard SDLC Models for help.
This is because the SDLC Models are preferred for usability on certain applications that guarantees stability and are not volatile in nature. In IT industries, the concept of ‘time to market’ is compelling at driving the software creators to create a variety of new ways and strategies.
These are strategies that somehow managed to reduce the time, the pressure and resources to save on cost, create an efficient product and satisfy the customer needs, even if the product has issues and defects of its own upon its initial releases.
In order to follow such a systematic approach to the application developed, a concept called ‘Agile Methodology’ is accepted. This particular method of handling issues helps constantly in changing the landscape and matching customer satisfaction as well as application requirements, all the while maintaining a defined process for a smooth experience.
The process of Agile Methodology is given below:
• Firstly, the customer helps in preparing the business requirements, and the engineers behind it, or the analysts behind it, are the ones reviewing it. In an ideal situation, the testing or the quality assurance team are also particularly involved with the overlooking of these requirements that the customer wants to plan further.
• During the time of designing and the implementations of these designs, the engineering team is the team that writes the user stories. They also take note of all the issues at the various stages of occurrencs.
• The customer reviews are important because it helps the software team to update all the required processes as soon as they find these reviews. The testing team, on the other hand, will tackle the issues and work on them till the results they want to achieve are available with the help of these reviews. This helps in keeping all three of the customer, the engineers and the testers on the same level of information.
• The engineering team usually starts the implementation of the fixed solutions. The team that is testing these solutions will test them. After the team sees that the results were satisfactory, these solutions are deemed worthy enough to be sent to the customers. This is done in a properly documented way so that there are very few redundant issues.
• When the developer of the application uses the codes. It is the job of the testing team to determine if the application that is desired can be built properly with the use of the code provided by testing the code. This helps in identifying how broken the application is and what processes need to be smoothed out early on before it is released to the customers as a full product it itself.
• After the initial release, this testing team continues to identify other issues and report them to help them get fixed. This continues to evolve till the actual satisfactory result is reached.
In order to pull this off successfully, both parties must be aware of what is going on behind the scenes. The customer should be aware of the number of issues that come with the application and the development team should be aware of what they need to do to fix these issues.
When it comes to manual software testing, this method works really well, as manually the teams can catch more issues than just letting a computer handle it. It puts them in the shoes of the customer who use their products and therefore the issues are handled in a better way.