‘Software Testing’ itself has always been going through many challenges. After decades, the concept was now clear and teams have realized the importance of same. Now with the Agile approach being the buzz word, teams are already struggling to keep the procedures, templates and quality in sync. Agile based projects generally go through a lot of challenges by themselves and software testing is often neglected as a result. Below are the major challenges testing teams face while working in Agile teams:
• Changing Requirements
Frequent changes in requirements is the first thing which comes into picture when we talk about Agile environment. This feature is the first and major challenge QA teams face in projects facing Agile methodology. Since the requirements keep on changing, it becomes bit difficult to regularly update the test cases and ensure test coverage.
This can be overcome if the testers and developers are on the same page about progress modifications made in each other’s activities.
• User stories with no description
One of the myths around Agile methodology is ‘zero documentation’. It is this misunderstanding which leads to one liner user stories or stories with too less information.
This challenge again need inputs from both development and QA team. Developers need to understand that while Agile methodology discourages bog documentation around every detail, basic documentation of the functionalities is still mandatory and required. At the same time, QA team also need to accept the user stories with less information and try to take as much as they can on a high level from them. Such test cases can always be marked with a filter and updated as and when the information is available.
• Waterfall inside Agile
This is another major issue in many projects when the sprints become available to the QA team only towards the end of it. The testers then struggle hard in order to maintain test cases and performing other activities in a short period of time.
Making sure that the User Stories are available to all stake holders right from the time of their creation is very important for a successful Agile implementation.
• No time for Regression
Availability of User stories to the test team close of sprint end leaves little time to execute regression test cases. The importance of regression testing is something everyone agrees these days. Thus, incomplete regression testing is one of the reasons of UAT defects.
Timely delivery of user stories is one way this can be rectified. Automation also plays major role in overcoming this challenge. Test Automation for unit tests and regression tests may significantly help.
• Communication gaps
If we look back, most of the challenges arise out of one or the other form of miss-communication. Merely formulating great processes and adopting latest methodologies do not guarantee the success of any project. The project is executed with high quality when all the teams and stake holders work together and help each other in every phase.
Topics in this series:
Testing in Agile
Approach to Agile in Testing
Challenges for Testing in Agile
Advantages of Testing in Agile
Principles of Agile Testing
Best Practices in Agile Testing
Agile Testing Myths
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