Software development vehicle has only one engine, that’s Agile!

It’s me, Joise Mathew, I have been working in manual and functional testing roles for the past 6 years. My professional experience was strengthened by working at Oracle, Temenos, and LTI. I enjoy working at Tester work as a freelancer.

Are you a newbie in testing or a senior in waterfall testing? That is of no importance here. We all need to get familiar with agile methodologies and we can do it by walking through this article. I have been noticing that agile techniques have been ruling software development and project management. I will not be writing about tough terminologies in the agile process in this article, instead, I would like to tell you how agile methodologies produce success in software development.

I have a family of 6, our grandparents want to have a car that can be used for their daily lives and an easy commute. Hence the grandparents informed the other family members that they require a car that will have 3 major features that need to be built within 3 months. One of the family members suggests that he can build it as a whole in a time frame of 2-3 months and then other family members will be requested to use it and validate the features. But another member of the family has another plan for building a car. He states that 2 members of the family will be taking care of the development of this car, meanwhile, 2 other members will have an outline of the features to be validated as per grandpa’s requirements. Then they decided to develop the machine by splitting it into different parts, and the same will be provided to their grandpa for verification after the other 2 members finished their testing and validation. One other senior member in the family will act as a leader to coordinate the discussions for addressing the progress every day. Finally, the family member who brought this idea mentioned that each part will take 3 weeks for completing the development, testing, and delivery. What do you think about this idea? I believe this is effective as continuous interaction is the key point and that will enable grandparents to come back with the issues on each part that was delivered. Other family members in the team will be fixing that issue immediately from their end. And did you notice that they have kept a period for delivering each part to their grandparent for ensuring effective time utilization? And they kept a leader or mediator in the process for ensuring proper communication between the family members and grandparents.

Friends, I can see that this technique ensured collaboration and tracking of the work between family members perfectly. They work together in an integrated way to reach a more qualitative result for their grandparents.

Were you able to catch the exact difference between the waterfall method and the agile method from the above reference? I think it is easy to identify which method yields better results.

In reality, agile methodologies in software development are functioning like a fruitful family. They have no boundaries, barriers, or blockers in speaking to each other. There is no room for discrimination between different levels of the team. They are equipped with passion and enthusiasm for achieving quality deliverables. What does it mean? It shows that the agile method has no limits when it comes to teammates interacting with each other. As we all know, agile is a successful engine driven by an unconditional interaction between clients, analysts, developers, and testers.

I enjoyed writing this out-of-the-box explanation about the agile process, but did you enjoy it? I want you to be successful in agile testing as it offers a wide range of opportunities across the world in software development and project management.


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