A huge global crisis growing more and more every day, how is it going to impact the IT sector has become one of the major concerns. Both the established organizations and the startups have grown more cautious and sometimes reluctant in providing software business.

Moreover, few customers are claimed to have withdrawn their long term projects and on the other hand, the rest of them used the opportunities to negotiate contracts once again with a lower price. It is also said that recently the IT scandals have also made it worse, and as a consequence, there was a drop in customer satisfaction levels. Many projects were going took more duration than expected and cost more than planned.

And all this happens while customer wants to get better business processes from software providers in order to increase customer satisfaction and save more money.
In such a tough environment, a number of companies are ready to start exploring how “Different variations of Agile” can help their businesses more reliably provide software quickly and iteratively. When it comes to the implementation of Agile Development Projects, the role of Test Professionals becomes more important.
Innovations are being fueled every day by the requirements of the testing communities at large. However, a Tester’s role is the most challenging when it comes to adapting the agile development. The main reason behind is that the agile development process contradicts so many things which most of the Testers have been taught is ‘best practice’.

In the environment of agile development, you cannot just wait for things to happen on their own. You need to be highly proactive. This may not stand true for all team members, but this is true especially for Testers. Members of the QA team cannot let anything disturb their process of testing. If they wish not to follow the requirements they need to speak with the Product Owner for any clarification. If they are not sure about the programmers’ way of implementing the new code, they need to discuss how the code will be implemented by the developer. They must become self-propelled experts at removing any obstacles that prevent them from testing.

Now the question arises, what are the challenges faced by Testers when working with Agile development teams and how they can they combat them?

If you browse through Software Testing Help you will find one interesting article: Tips to be More Innovative in the Age of Agile Testing – By J.B. Rajkumar.
He believes that Agile Testers in recent times face lots of challenges while working with the Agile development team. They should also be able to apply Root-Cause Analysis when finding awful bugs so that they do not occur again. While Agile has different versions, Scrum is a process for the Agile implementation.
Few challenging scrum rules to be followed by every individual are,

  • Get the total number of hours
  • Get all the Requirements together
  • Recording the actual hours and estimated hours every day.
  • Daily Builds
  • Daily Scrum meetings should be short
  • Code Inspections are Paramount

Rajkumar claims in order to meet the challenges, an agile tester needs to be very innovative with the tools that they possess.
And here are some important traits of good Agile testers:

  • A good Agile Tester should be extremely creative when attempting to cope up with speed of development/release. A tester needs to be more creative than being logical or critical.
  • Testing professional must be exceptionally talented and enthusiastic enough for more learning and innovating new ideas or skills. It is noted that learning never stops for talented Testers and they never feel content with what they have attained. They always strive to find unimaginable bugs of a high value and priority.
  • An Agile Tester is never scared to take a look at a developer’s code and if required, and in extreme cases, correct it. He is always ready to take risks and meet his seniors’ expectation all the time.
  • He must have an open mind and a comprehensive vision for client’s requirements and provision of a clean product.
  • He must be determined enough to work in Pairs or multitasking. Sometimes he needs to be involved in Pair Programming to come up with shorter scripts, enhanced designs and spotting more bugs.
  • Testers should be self-propelled and contribute something different that may be in terms of their creative ideas or the way they do their everyday job.

And finally, Agile Tester must be multi talented with skills like Functional, Manual, Performance testing skills. They should also have soft skills like Presentational skills, Communication skills, Leadership skills etc. As in the current scenario, Testing Professional will be focused on adding values to the businesses and the life-cycle of software development. They will operate in a new and advanced position where a blend of their structured driven advent, innovative nature and ability to articulate and present quality and testing criteria into the emerging models will be immensely important for the success of technology in business implementation.

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