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Agile and Testing: Some Myths Exposed

November 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Agile is a methodology that is seeing increasingly widespread adoption, and it is easy to understand why-especially if you consider the developer and user point of view.

Users: Don’t want to spend ages being quizzed in detail about the exact requirements and processes for the whole system, and then have to review a large specification, which they know could come back to haunt them.

Developers: Don’t want to have to follow a tight specification, without any expression of their own imagination and creative talents, especially if they can see a better way.

Yet for the QA professional an Agile approach can cause discomfort – In the ideal world they would have a ‘finished’ product to verify against a finished specification. To be asked to validate a moving target against a changing backdrop is counter intuitive. It means that the use of technology and automation are much more difficult, and it requires a new approach to testing, in the same way that it does for the users and the developers.

QA teams need to know the real impact of an Agile methodology, there are boundless myths circulating the industry.

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