Pitfalls to Avoid in your Agile Testing Strategy

Published on 26th February 2020 blog, Test automation

Enterprises globally have or are on their way to aggressively adopt Agile Development methodology over traditional methods to win in the digital era. Agile Testing strategy is what defines the success of an overall Agile Transformation program at an enterprise level. Many development teams struggle to avoid the common pitfalls in  Agile Testing Strategy during this transformation. As commonly understood, agile testing requires enterprises to change their mind-set  from traditional testing in several ways. So, if you are working in agile, you may need to be wary of these pitfalls in planning your agile testing strategy.

Treating Testing as the last stop

Traditionally testing may have been the last stop before the release, also frequently called as the “Quality Gateway”. But with agile, teams are supposed to look at continuous delivery and continuous Integration (CI/CD). So, testing is no longer the last stop  but rather a gateway that  each phase of software development must pass through.  

Enterprises should look at a robust Test automation framework that allows seamless collaboration to manage their quality assurance process within an Agile framework . The test automation framework must be designed such that multiple stakeholders from the team can collaborate and contribute to test automation.

A tool like Sahi Pro can be immensely helpful in creating such a smooth and robust framework. With Sahi Pro’s scenario files, powerful APIs, robust recording and script creation and numerous playback options, every team member can contribute to test automation and make it a part of their day-to-day activities rather than a last minute task. It also promotes more conversations within the team and ensure everyone is on the same page regarding the features, their needs and ways to test them.

Leaving Test Automation for Later

In a fast paced CI/CD environment test automation is no longer a luxury but a necessity for agile teams. Developers need to continuously test & re-test frequent changes in their features and product designs. A robust test automation tool helps perform these repeated tests & regression at scale. Hence  firstly a robust Test Automation tool is a ‘must have’ as part of your agile test strategy and secondly  plan to continuously automate and add more tests in the test suites. Failing to do the latter would result in a lag and eventual failure off your automation  . Consequently, leaving your testers in the lurch with a huge number of tests to be repeated executed in each sprint which eventually would lead to fatigue and inefficiency . Additionally the time saved with right test automation tool would lead saving precious man hours that can be utilized to enhancing the scripts and focusing on business per se.

Not finding the right tools

Enterprises need to think outside of the box to scout for New tools & technology frameworks that aid them in their Agile transformation journey. Inertia would lead to Enterprises lagging behind their competition and eventually perish in the digital era. So, Enterprises  need to focus on finding the right tools that helps them succeed in the Agile world  

DevOps requires close integration of a variety of tools including your source code management platform, unit test framework, test management tool and test automation tool. So, finding the right  tool that integrates seamlessly with your ecosystem and provides rich and exhaustive reporting framework in an intuitive format results in enhanced productivity.

Now that you know, be sure to avoid these pitfalls in your agile testing strategy to win the digital era !!