Agile Testing as a means to enhance quality – Five benefits


Traditional methods of developing software has its pitfalls that range from software delivered with glitches, slow response, and poor user experience, further affecting the brand value and decrease in profitability of the company. To counter such dire outcomes, agile methodology is used wherein developers and testers instead of working in silos, work in collaboration to sort out glitches as the software development lifecycle progresses. In such a process, synergy amongst teams (called DevOps) is achieved in the form of continuous delivery, as each and every stakeholder works in a real sharing environment leading to better outcomes.

Increased competition and demanding customers have jolted companies out of their smugness and made them realise that traditional methods of developing software has its share of issues. These include lack of a focused approach, working in silos, less communication, and one-upmanship amongst teams.

Besides, testing of software more often than not is not on the priority list of decision makers due to constraints of time and money. This leads to quality issues with the software, as users with better options on the anvil decide not to choose the product but rather try out its rivals.

As a result, the business suffers on account of poor user experience, lowering its brand value, cost overruns, and reduced profitability.

Agile testing seems to be the answer to the above mentioned dire outcomes as it involves various teams to work in unison, identify and fix glitches as they appear, and facilitate continuous delivery. In this scenario, testing and development teams collaborate and bounce off ideas between each other through iterative and incremental methods.

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