Is Agile the right choice for your software development team?

We are seeing many of our clients moving to an Agile software testing process rather than the traditional testing tools at the end of the development phase. I’ve seen many documents outlining the differences between Agile vs Scrum vs Waterfall…but understanding the principles to help determine if Agile will work within your internal team will make or break your decision.

The Agile Manifesto lists 12 principles to guide teams on how to execute with agility. These are the principles:

  1. Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.
  2. Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer’s competitive advantage.
  3. Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with preference to the shorter timescale.
  4. Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.
  5. Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.
  6. The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.
  7. Working software is the primary measure of progress.
  8. Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.
  9. Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
  10. Simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential.
  11. The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.
  12. At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.

LRS Education Services worked with one of our partners to bring the Professional Software Testing Using Visual Studio course to our portfolio. This course is designed to introduce the testing principles and practices used by teams who are making (or considering) the move to Agile. It is appropriate for all members of a software development team who want a better understanding of what the Agile software testing process involves. For more information regarding the course, please view the course outline and let me know if you have any questions or would like to enroll.


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