Software testing is an art that requires passion followed by the ability to acquire skills and learn techniques that can make you flourish in the field. There is a common notion that Software testing is all about looking at a product like an end user and finding flaws. This makes people believe that anyone can become a Software tester because everyone is a potential end user.
The truth is that manual Software testing is a vast field. Testers are required to think like end-users. But, that is not the only requirement. Like other fields, testers have a set of protocols to follow and responsibilities to fulfill. They are required to make use of proven methods to test Software. Now, every layman is not aware of these methodologies and intricacies. This blog will shed light on agile testing methods used in Software testing.
The Philosophy behind the Methodologies
The principles or methodologies that we put into practice in our work are a result of someone’s experience or success using that method. For example, SWOT analysis in business planning is a popular method that is implemented across businesses throughout the world. Similarly, agile testing methods have proven to be successful in different settings.
All the methodologies will revolve around fulfilling the process or customer requirement by adopting techniques or using strategies that can make the work more systematic and easy. The approach is what differs with the end goal being the same for all methodologies.
The Different Agile Methodologies
The word agile is synonymous to swift and that is what agile methodologies are all about. If you are in manual Software testing, you might be using one of these methodologies without knowing what it is called. Let’s take a brief look at some popular methods:
- Phase-Based: This refers to methodologies like extreme Programming, Dynamic Software Development Method, etc. where companies complete work in phases. One phase is followed by another. In a wholly testing setting, it can be explained as one type of testing followed by another.
- Release-Based: An example of a methodology that is focused on release is SCRUM. In a way, all methods are focused on releasing but in this case, Software is released in batches where each batch is tested. Another example here can be lean development where companies cut on cost by releasing batches to avoid rework caused by the ripple effect.
- Feature-Focused: Manual Software testing has multiple aspects. A tester is required to check for certain features, sometimes he or she is required to check the entire product, etc. This is where feature-focused methodologies work. An example is Feature Driven Development, where testers simultaneously check that the required feature is working fine.
Depending on the type of project you are handling or the client requirement, you can select the right methodology and become an ace tester. If you are not a decision-maker, then suggesting these methodologies can help you get extra points for innovating at workplace resulting from a successful testing career.
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