Agile Testing

Agile testing is a software testing process that follows the Agile methodology and the Scrum framework.

Agile methodology is a lightweight and effective development method.  Scrum is a Framework that supports it.  The main focus is on quick response to the customer requests or wish lists and an iterative method for application development and testing. Work is completed and reviewed in a set period of time which is called as ‘Sprint’. All iterations are of the same duration. At the end of each iteration, a working feature of the product is delivered to the customer.
How agile methodology in software development works:

  1. All requirements are in the form of a feature list and are added to the Product Backlog. The feature list is described in the form of a user story.
  2. The backlog list is prioritized and each user story is estimated.
  3. Based on the team size, sprint duration and complexity of the user story, a set of features is selected for each Sprint.
  4. Individual tasks are distributed among developers involved in the sprint.
  5. Development and Testing are carried out for all features selected in the sprint.
  6. A daily scrum meeting is conducted by the scrum master whose job it is to keep the team focused on the goal. Active participation from each individual of the scrum team is required. The meeting agenda is restricted to what was done yesterday and what you plan to do today and whether there are any known obstacles or risks.
  7. At the end of the sprint, a working feature of the product is delivered to the customer and immediate feedback from the customer is captured.

The role of Agile Testing Team:

  • In Agile testing, testing starts as soon as sprint development is done. The customer or product owner is involved with the progress of the software development. The whole team approach is to deliver a set of features which meet the customers’ current needs. The entire team works at the same workplace to allow for active collaboration. Throughout the sprint, the tester closely works with every team member and product owner to ensure better product quality and functioning. Team Interaction and active participation of each individual play an important role in Agile testing.

Why should one follow Agile testing methodology?

  • Testing starts at an early stage in the software development and features are tested within each Sprint improving quality of the product.
  • Defects are identified and either handled within the same sprint or added to the product backlog –to be taken care of by developers in the upcoming iterations while working on similar/relevant features.
  • Since defects are identified early in the development process, it reduces defect cost
  • Regular customer feedback increases the morale of the team and helps in improving the quality of the upcoming sprint work.
  • Priority features can be delivered early so that the customer does not have to wait too long. Low priority tasks can be completed later on. There is a flexibility to change scope/story points of the sprint based on the changes in customer requirements.
  • More focus on working software and Less focus on documentation.

MetaSys Software is a software services company with offices in Mumbai, India and Toronto Canada. Our team has experience in different development methodologies but we mainly prefer the agile approach to delivery. If you are looking for software outsourcing then contact us.

.NET evolution

Microsoft began developing the dot net framework in the 1990’s and launched the first beta version in 2000. Since then, there has been no looking back. Almost 12 versions of.Net framework have been launched till now. Organizations which are looking for enterprise software solutions rely upon.NET framework. Recently, Microsoft celebrated the completion of 15 years since.NET was introduced.

Initially, dot net was known as NGWS (Next Generation Windows Services). Since 2000, different versions of this technology were launched, the latest being version 4.6.2. This latest version was launched just last year in the month of August. Each version carries betas, and service packs so as to provide more value to the users. In the entire 15 years, developers experienced an object oriented programming environment and freedom to develop desktop as well as web applications. Many of the languages that run on.NET framework are simple, secure and object oriented.

Over the past 15 years, this technology has evolved to fulfill the requirements of a dynamic online environment. The ASP.NET framework has helped in building many dynamic websites and applications catering to different industry verticals. Complex applications such as hotel reservation system, a billing system in shopping malls are built easily with the ASP.NET framework. It has enabled customized content building for users, thus increasing the relevancy factor of the web page. It has helped the users in accessing any data with ease. The .Net zone has now increased more than tenfold since it was launched.

The data below will give you a clear picture of where.NET technology stands today vis-à-vis some other players in the market. (Source: W3techs)

  1. As per a recent study, 15% of websites today use ASP.NET technology in which a whopping 80% are using version 4, followed by version 2.
  2. Java and ColdFusion are the most preferred technology for high traffic sites followed by ASP.NET.
  3. .Net domain names have got a wide presence. It is presently used in more than 200 countries.

We at MetaSys Software have a long history of experience with building.Net applications since last 15 years.Our expertise lies in different technological platforms such as.NET & ASP.NET Framework (2.0 – 4.5), JavaScript, jQuery, Microsoft SQL Server. If you wish to leverage ASP.Net development capability then please feel free to contact us.