Solve Business Problems by being Agile-Checked! Would you?kinkar brain was cluttered, being a technical head he was committed to delivering a project within six months, and after working for five months on a project when they were ready for the first UAT, the code refused to float because of incompatibility of browsers.
Had he been Agile-Checked; he could have avoided the last-minute pressure. Seems unbelievable? Let’s run through some facts.
What is Agile Checked?
The two things that drive a business are
- What Do Customers want?
- How Quickly can you present them with Assured Quality?
Rest all are supporting parameters like skills, logistics, monetary fund’s, etc.
Being a business owner, you do not have much control over “What customers want” as they can demand a “Trip to Moon.”But being a businessman you do have a control on how quickly you present “A Trip To Moon” with Assured Quality! That’s where Agile Manifesto AgileManifesto comes into the picture.
Being Agile-Checked is all about
- How frequently you push your software/application into a live site
- Concrete Planning with user stories and set timelines
- Working in smaller chunks that could be rolled back in case of issues
- Your Client Could view “How the Trip to Moon “is being Planned i.e. setting the expectations right!
- Tracking and evaluating manhour that helps in SMART planning
- Continuous Execution and Deployment
- Working as a TEAM – that involves each and keeps them motivated.
- Growing your business as you involve stakeholders
- Continuous testing that helps in improving the quality
How To Be Agile-Checked?
To be educated about SCRUM/Agile is easy as many courses and certifications could help you, but all that learning can only be put into practice when you know the “Best Practices” to be followed –
- Collaborate with Customers as team
- Review your Product Backlog before every iteration
- Keep it time-boxed
- Let business and technology be compatible
- Weigh each user story with three parameters – Complexity, time and Business Value
- Keep SCRUM short and crisp
- Automate testing
- Have strict programming guidelines or go for pair programming
- Adopt to Test Driven Development
- Let the Burndown charts not burn your skills
- Package your code as a gift that is easy to deploy and ready to use
- Let the Sprint demo meeting be as the code is going LIVE
- The best communication is through speech
- Change is welcome, be adaptive
Does Agile-Checked Help Me to Deliver Quality?
The short Answer is Absolutely YES, and the long answer is let me explain with an example.
Koovy, the head of the development team, is working on the new product that needs to be delivered within six months, they bagged this project because they bid less time against their competitors. So now Sales team has done their job it’s time for the Tech-heads to prove themselves. Let’s compare the three models under different parameters –
|Expected Met Actual|
If we pick a Waterfall, model –
It could be risky, as considering we devote 4.5 months to designing, developing and unit testing we would need another months’ time to test and fix the bugs, now if there are any changes to the code or design changes that would not have enough time to set. So, could lead to uncertainty!
If we Pick V-Model –
With flexible requirements, V-model could prove to be a timely affair, as the verification and validation happen in parallel, any change would also need to be reworked. Just for example if there is a change in the login screen, the parallel task of user manual also needs to be redone, and as we have limited time, this model may not prove to be effective.
If We Pick Agile- Methodology-
If we structure the work and divide it into deliverable modules, we could complete the work within the estimated time, would be ready for any surprises and clients could review the work in parallel, helping them to know what’s being cooked and if it matches their expectations.
Well, there are no clear ground rules defined as which methodology should be picked up under which circumstances, however with ever-evolving technology it’s highly recommended to be adaptive to changes and mark your application/software as Agile-Checked. Would you?
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CloudQA is back with our What You Should Be Doing series! In this installment, we look at Agile development. First off the bat – what is Agile? Well, to quote AgileNutShell, “Agile is a time boxed, iterative approach to software delivery that builds software incrementally from the start of the project, instead of trying to deliver it all at once near the end.” Cprime further elaborates it as “a group of software development methodologies based on iterative development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing cross-functional teams.” The system is based on the Agile Manifesto, which you can look through in various languages here.
The benefits of the Agile development module has been proven time and again. If there is one thing that you should take away from this article, it is that the Agile development module is impossible to do without automated testing. It will be absolutely impossible to meet the high turnover rates in this module without having automated tests and the time management benefits they provide, especially with regard to regression testing.
If you’re already on track with Agile, this article will focus on what you need to do in order to succeed with Agile, by showing you what you should be doing. Without further ado, here are the best practices of Agile software development:
- Follow the fixed-length iterations to a TOne of the most difficult parts about Agile is that it keeps you on your toes. Each agile release is made up of several different iterations, with each iteration being a standalone project by itself. The entire Agile process is extremely dependent on these iterations as they help to streamline the development process and keep the whole team focused towards a set result. The deadlines help move things along at a very rapid pace. It also helps keep goals actionable instead of vague, and keeps everyone’s work measurable. The targets are short term, and easily evaluable. Once the team gets used to working these deadlines, they will fall into a stride, a pace of working that will keep churning things out at a rapid pace. Time, effort and resources will be managed more efficiently.
- Deliver working software One of the main tenets of agile software development is how fast it delivers, and how reliable its results are. Thus, when planning iterations, keep working features as a priority. All improvements, feedback and other factors can be incorporated into the iteration process on a priority basis. This keeps your team on track, and everything organized. You can do your work systematically, and on a priority basis. You don’t need to wait around for reworkings, and you don’t waste time assessing what work you have done, and what you have left. Additionally, you deliver to consumers or clients faster, with greater product reliability.
- Development should be backed by valueAnother one of the main tenets of agile development is the value that it delivers, and how steadily it delivers that. Features and the usability of those features are what the agile development module focuses on, and thus you will always be left with a usable product at the end of the week. Your team needs to be visionary to really fulfill this claim. Don’t be afraid to try new things or take big risks. As you will find out in the next point, failures will not throw off your entire development plan.
- An evolving, adapting product plan as we’ve mentioned before, the agile development module works on feedback and re-workings of any aspect of a project on a priority basis. This means that your plan will have to be built with space for these intact. This also means that your planning needs to be kept dynamic, and it is this dynamic that keeps everything moving at a rapid pace. Dynamic plans deliver better end products because they have a better understanding of what the consumer or client ultimately wants. These plans are constantly open to upgrades and changes, and this helps the team because they don’t have to start from scratch if the end result does not satisfy after completion.
- Your project grows along with youThis is an extremely crucial part of the agile development process, and is an intrinsic part of it as well. In agile development, you get constant feedback at the end of every iteration. This means that your product plan keeps changing as well. There is no set goal to work toward mindlessly, as the feedback you get will make you rethink your goals each time. Your feature list might grow, and be easier to incorporate at early stages than at a later stage. It is a much more interesting environment to work with for programmers and is a more efficient way to deliver products that a customer or client is satisfied with.
- Thatched teamwork The agile development process calls for standalone teams that are assigned to different work, but who ultimately work together to build the final product. This cross-functional or thatched teamwork has several benefits. First, it doesn’t put the entire responsibility of the project in one place. Less stress equals to higher productivity. Additionally, smaller groups are easier to supervise, and work better than larger groups. Everyone on the team knows exactly what they’re doing, what they’re responsible for, and what their contribution is. Keep your agile development teams small, but in constant communication. The benefits of thatched teamwork comes out brilliantly when you have a highly creative, multi-disciplinary team. Everyone brings their own expertise to the table and you get a very well-rounded end product as a result.
- The Devil Is In The DetailsHere is a handy checklist about actionable points
- Make sure unit tests and component tests are done rigorously.
- Make sure that GUI smoke tests are done with every sprint or test cycle.
- Make sure that you respect the tests and the feedback that you get from the testers.
Make sure you add the feedback to the add-on needs for the next cycle.
These small details will ensure that your Agile testing is done efficiently and that your testing plan succeeds. You need to keep your approach to Agile testing on point, and not deviate from the plan that you lay out in the beginning. Together, these will ensure that you succeed with Agile testing.
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