Agile represents more fun and collaboration while working on a project. It is all about working in a cross-functional team with small sprints / iterations to achieve the project goal on your first attempt while embracing change all along the project lifecycle. We all know testing is an important aspect to ensure we have a working product in the end. More prominence is given towards testing in Agile project management and here are the reason why people love Agile testing.

  1. Freedom from manual test scripts:

    Agile testers will be free from manual test scripts and move on to test scripts that are run automatically. This ensures Agile testers have more time for exploratory testing which in turn helps in fixing more bugs and helps the project team to work on new features.

  2. Developers and testers are brothers in arms:

    It has been well documented in enterprises across the globe that developers and testers do not get along very well. But, Agile is different, it is all about collaboration and cross-functional teams, where testers can begin testing as soon as the code is being written and help in finding problems even before the iterations are finished. This is very useful as the code is still fresh in the developer’s mind and helps them to find those problems and fix them as soon as possible.

  3. Testers can break features even before they have been written:

    This is a simple and straightforward solution that an Agile tester brings to the table. As testing happens way before the feature has been written, which helps them to prevent problems.

  4. Automation testing happens many times a day:

    When testers move from manual to automated testing, one can find the automated test results several times a day. In Agile development, due to increased prominence on automated testing, testers can provide rapid feedback when they incorporate changes.

  5. Testers thrive in team oriented atmosphere:

    In traditional approaches such as waterfall method and the Software development life cycle (SDLC) method, testing is given the least prominence and testers come into picture only in the end. Because Agile relies on a cross-functional team, every team member is keen on getting with testing as and when the code is being written. During iterations where small incremental releases are scheduled all along, it needs the approval of testers to give them the go ahead with the product. Developers and testers are both equal here. As much as they want to finish the coding, they also want to finish the testing part as well to ensure they are heading towards creating the right working product.

  6. Agile testers fix occasional bugs:

    Because Agile relies on automated testing, everybody in the team is comfortable with these automated tests. Moreover, testing is performed alongside coding and this helps fixing problems even before it arises and hence Agile testers fix bugs on a rare occasion.

  7. An opportunity to review test practices:

    Every now and then testers fall in the trap of repeating the same test cycles for every product. Instead of repeating the same test cycles that have been done in the past, test cases need to be reviewed to check if there are other test practices which can be performed to get better results. Earlier manual testing used to take up large chunk of time and now automated testing gets done in just 30 minutes.

  8. Testers spend less time debugging and spend more time learning:

    With Agile development where testing is automated it gives testers immediate feedback when they have made a mistake and helps to rectify them. Hence, testers spend less time in debugging and learn new things in testing.

  9. Improves quality than just documenting test cases:

    Earlier it was all about documentation of test cases which was a time consuming effort. With Agile, it is all about automated tests and testers get more time to improve the quality of the product than just documenting the test cases.

  10. There is more time for testing than ever before:

    In traditional approaches such as waterfall and SDLC methods, testing was done only at the end and testers were asked to complete testing with a short period of time which resulted in a bad working product as developers do not get enough time to fix the bugs and make the necessary changes to the product or the features. Whereas in Agile, testing is performed alongside coding and with Test-driven Development (TDD) and Acceptance Test-driven Development (ATDD), testing happens as and when the software is being developed.

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Billie Keita
Billie Keita is known for her exemplary skills in implementing project management methodologies and best practices for business critical projects. She possesses 10+ years of experience in handling complex software development projects across Europe and African region. She also conducts many webinars and podcasts where she talks about her own experiences in implementing Agile techniques. She is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and PMI Project Management Professional (PMP)®, and has published many articles across various websites.

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