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Advantage of Implementing QA process in Agile software development Process

Advantage of Implementing QA process in Agile software development Process
  • Alok Soni ( QA Engineer )
  • 2 months ago
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Principal Of Agile Methodology 

The main advantage of Agile methodology is that clients can change their requirements at any point in the development phase.The release should be short term. It can be one weak, two weak, or up to a maximum of four weak.There will be good communication with clients, business analysts, developers, and Testers.Developers and testers will be doing a lot in order to improve the quality of the process.

Types Of Agile Methodology 

  1. Scrum Methodology

  2. Extreme programming

  3. Feature Driven development

  4. Crystal clear

  5. Lean and kanban

  6. Adaptive Software development Method

  7. Dynamic Software development Method

Among the different types, most industries use the scrum methodology. Following are the words are used in this methodology

Release: It is a combination of one or more sprints.

Epic: The whole set of requirements is called Epic. One epic consists of multiple features/ modules. The word story means a feature, module, or functionality.

Product Backlog: It prioritizes the set of requirements based on the order in which we develop the modules. 

Sprint Backlog: We take modules from the Product backlog that we are planning to develop in a current sprint and call it the sprint backlog.

Story Point: It is a rough estimation given by the testers and developers to develop and test the individual modules.
1. It should be in the form of a fibonacci series like 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc.

2. In testing, story points are estimated based on the following aspects-

Time spent on understanding the story, test case review, test case execution, and defect tracking

Sprint Planning Meeting :  It is the meeting conducted by the scrum master on the first day of every sprint where business analysts explain each and every story as a team .

The scrum master will identify the list of tasks to be done and assign them to the whole team. He is a person who is responsible for the delivery of software to customers within a certain period of time. Also track all the activities performed by developers and testers.

Scrum meeting :  It is also called a standup meeting . meetings conducted by scrum masters on a daily basis. This meeting is strictly limited to 10- 15  minutes. Here we discussed what we did yesterday , what we are planning to do today.

Bug Track Meeting :  This meeting is conducted by the tester or scrum master a week or two weeks before the release. Business analysts, testers, developers,and product managers willl be part of this meeting.

In this meeting, the tester will list the pending bug with the developers. As a team, we will re-prioritize the bugs and see how many should be fixed as a part of this current release and how many bugs move to the upcoming release.

Sprint Review Meeting :  It's all about the demonstration of the work . This meeting is also known as the sprint demo. It is usually done at the end of the sprint , before the sprint retrospective meeting.

Sprint Retrospective meeting :  this meeting is conducted by the scrum master on the last day of every sprint . In this meeting, the following will discussed -What went well , what didn’t go well, are there any action plans? 

Benefits of implementing Agile methodology: 

  1. Early defect detection : Early defect discovery is one of the main benefits of using a QA procedure in Agile development. The end result is early defect detection, which makes it possible for problems to be resolved quickly and stops problems from building up that could affect the finished product.

  2. Better coordination and communication :  In an Agile Methodology, establishing a QA process encourages increased teamwork and communication. Agile approaches place a strong emphasis on cross-functional teams cooperating to achieve a common objective.

  3. More rapid feedback loop: A quick feedback loop is necessary for Agile development to ensure quick iteration and course correction. QA teams are essential for promptly providing feedback on the functionality, usability, and performance of the software. Testers help developers quickly find and fix any issues by regularly testing the product and providing feedback during each sprint.

  4. Ongoing development:  The incorporation of a QA process is completely consistent with the continual improvement philosophy emphasized by agile development approaches. Agile retrospectives, in which the team evaluates the sprint's achievements, difficulties, and potential areas for improvement, feature active participation from QA teams.

  5. Improved client satisfaction :  The ultimate impact on customer satisfaction of implementing a QA process in an Agile context is its most significant advantage. Delivering value to clients with each sprint is prioritized by agile approaches by nature. To make sure the software meets or exceeds consumer functionality, usability, and quality requirements, organizations might add QA operations. A higher-quality product is the result of early problem discovery and repair, increased teamwork and communication, quicker feedback loops, and ongoing improvement initiatives. As a result, clients are more satisfied because they are given software that closely matches their needs and functions dependably.

Conclusion :

Integrating a well-defined Quality Assurance (QA) process into an Agile environment offers numerous advantages that greatly enhance software development and delivery. By seamlessly incorporating QA practices into Agile methodologies, organizations can realize increased efficiency, superior product quality, and heightened customer satisfaction. 

Through the implementation of continuous testing and feedback loops, QA professionals can proactively identify and address potential issues before they escalate, thereby minimizing the risk of defects reaching end-users. At Prillient Technology, we recognize the pivotal role of QA in swiftly and effectively delivering high-quality software products. With our deep understanding of Agile methodologies and a strong emphasis on collaboration, automation, and continuous improvement, we are fully equipped to assist you in achieving exceptional software quality while maintaining rapid development.