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Agile Software Testing

What is Agile Testing?

Agile testing refers to the software testing methodology in which development and testing are done concurrently.

In the traditional Waterfall model, testing can be done only after the “build” phase completes. In contrast, the Agile methodology allows software testing in the early stages of a project. As a result, errors and bugs are identified and fixed as early and as often as possible.

Agile testing frameworks (including Kanban and Scrum) follow the principles of agile software development. Acceptance criteria are defined at the same time when a user story is created. Shorter iterations mean smaller pieces of software are being tested earlier in the SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle). QA teams employ automated regression testing to get results fast, which helps to find and then fix bugs sooner rather than later.

Testing is Continuous

The agile strategy aligns well with continuous testing and continuous delivery. In continuous testing, the software is tested early, tested often, and tested extensively. This cannot be achieved without automated testing tools that enable testers and developers who work on agile projects to deliver high-quality software frequently, and get rid of the testing backlog in an efficient way.

Cleaner Code

Let’s look at a common scenario for a non-agile team. Oftentimes, the QA will start testing the work that engineers have completed multiple weeks before. It becomes even harder if the QA team doesn’t have any automated regression tests in place, delaying the test results. By the time the bugs are logged, developers have already long moved to the next piece of work and now need a refresher to be able to fix those issues.

On the contrary, agile teams test the release candidate regularly and any bugs discovered are typically fixed during the same iteration. This results in a cleaner and tighter code that meets customer demands.

High-Quality Software is Not Just QA’s Responsibility

In traditional testing, there is a common perception that QA people are the ones responsible for quality. Oftentimes QA (Quality Assurance) ends up being more QC (quality control), sitting towards the very end of the development life cycle.

In agile, software quality is everyone’s responsibility. Product managers communicate well with stakeholders and create high-detailed tasks, developers make sure that there are no gaps in the requirements, and QAs test the software and log the issues early. This way, there is a lot less stress within the team, fewer fires, and the software quality is typically much higher.

Behavior-Driven Development (BDD)

Behavior-driven development is a testing approach that encourages collaboration between business and technical team members. The entire team works in small iterations to maximize the flow of feedback and deliver value. Its purpose is to develop a shared understanding among stakeholders about a problem or expected new features in the product.

BDD is often used for acceptance tests to ensure development efforts meet the needs of end-users.

Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD)

BDD aims to get the software product right the first time by involving all stakeholders in the development process. During ATDD, however, developers, QA teams, and end-users work together to develop user acceptance tests (acceptance criteria that meet user needs). Developers then write and iterate the code that passes the test, resulting in a high-quality product.

Exploratory Testing

During exploratory testing, testers don’t write test cases in advance, but rather use heuristics to learn about the software. Its purpose is to explore a system in the same way as the end-user would, to understand the quality of user experience it offers. Exploratory testing can help identify bugs overlooked during functional testing workflows.

Automated Agile Testing Tool for Web, Desktop, and Mobile Applications

testRigor is an intelligent test automation system designed to keep agile teams aligned with business goals. Accelerate and simplify your QA for websites and web apps, native desktop applications, mobile browsers and mobile apps, and APIs.

Automation is at the core of agile development. testRigor enables your teams to collaborate effectively, iterate quickly, and develop products that meet customer expectations.

testRigor Aligns With the Way You Work

AI-enabled testing with reduced maintenance and documentation

Harnessing testRigor’s AI-powered testing significantly decreases the amount of maintenance and documentation necessary for scripts and apps. This enables the test team to focus on quality assurance instead of quality control.

Real-time visibility for your team

Integrate with Jenkins, Azure DevOps, GitHub action, or any continuous integration system to make the status of your projects more visible to your team members. testRigor helps you enhance visibility throughout the dev cycle and detect conflicts among the development team, testers, and product owners.

Rapid and simplified test execution

An automated and continuous testing process can detect bugs more efficiently than a human. testRigor’s AI-based test automation enables agile testers to run multiple tests simultaneously, allowing them to get results as soon as possible. This results in hours, if not days, saved for each regression test run, which may not be possible with manual testing efforts.

Data protection with built-in security

testRigor implements the highest security measures, such as SOC2 and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols, to protect you and your data. We neither record nor store your customers’ and your sensitive personal data.

Plain-English interface for all levels

testRigor allows non-programmers in QA teams to build and maintain automated tests. Use plain English commands (Click, Check, Verify element exists, etc.) to create tests from an end-user’s point of view, without the need to use XPaths or CSS Selectors. As a result, testRigor’s users create automated tests 15x faster and with 99.5% less maintenance compared to other commonly used tools like Selenium or Appium.

Framework changes are not an issue anymore

testRigor tests will survive an entire framework migration as long as UI stays the same. This is possible due to sophisticated algorithms behind the scenes that don’t just rely on a single locator type.

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