The Tester’s (New) Role in Agile Development
Avoiding siloed development is a tricky business. It’s easy for agile teams to fall into the rut in which testers only do traditional testing activities and programmers strictly do their time-worn coding activities. Rob Sabourin shares a number of examples of how testing skills can be applied to a wide variety of activities in an agile project. Testers are among the most skilled team members in story grooming, elicitation, and exploration. Risk analysis in self-organized agile teams empowers testers to drive design decisions. A tester’s affinity analysis skills help clear the way for teams to make tough technical trade-offs. Software design is all about decomposition. Test design is all about focusing. Effective agile testers coach and pair with programmers to help design and review powerful unit tests. Testers study static analysis from the continuous integration process to find unexpected variations in code complexity or new security risks in the code. Troubleshooting and debugging code find testers working hands-on with programmers in integrated development environments. Rob also explores exploratory testing, building regression confidence, and efficient non-functional testing in an agile project.