A new way of developing software has shaken the software development and testing world. The Agile Method, a new tool to approach project management. The way this method stands out is by supporting teams in responding to the unpredictability of generating software. A key element to the success of this method are the sprints, incremental and constant sequences assigned for a particular phase of the project. 

An important event that made possible the creation of the Agile Method was the personal computer in 1970. This gave regular individual access to a computer whenever they desire. Consumer demand drove innovation at a high pace. Businesses were striving to meet changing needs. In the 2000s, a group of software leaders reunited in Snowbird and a year later the term Agile Software Development was created. It was used to describe a software developed in constant stages and became a canvas for new methodologies. 

As the Agile Method was born from real-life projects, the challenges and limitations of traditional development were a thing of the past. It offers a framework for assisting teams, focusing on a rapid delivery, which helps organizations reduce risks. The highlight of the methodology consists on securing that value is being enhanced throughout the process.  Using constant planning and feedback can create team that are able to align and deliver a product that shows the needs of a client. A feature that ensures a good product is that it helps adapt the changing requirements throughout the entire process. To succeed, testers need to be able to adapt to changing targets. 

Method Opinno

 

The Agile Methodology has two types. The first one Srcum, starts with a user requirement and outlines how the product should be perform and tested. This methodology needs questions to be solved from the beginning. Scrum always asks for collaboration within teams to ensure alignment through communication.   The second type is Kaban, works as a manufacturing line, focusing on prioritizing tasks, more less as a to do list, checking the to do, the doing and the done. A great feature of Kaban is that is not time-based, its base is priorities. 

To ensure everything is going according to plan, the Agile method has four specific testing methods: 

  1. Behavior Driven Development (BDD): starts with an initial requirement based on end user behavior and calls for tests that are “human readable”

  2. Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD):  the focus is that the user perception of the product is just as important as functionality, this is why perception should drive product performance.

  3. Exploratory Testing: it gives testers an opportunity to test in an organized and chaotic way, there are no steps to follow, just ways to try and break it. This will give detail documentation of the how and what. 

  4. Session Based Testing: its based on exploratory testing, relying on the skills and experiences of the tester. 

The Agile Method has become so effective and innovative that according to the VersionOne´State of Agile Report, 97% of organizations utilize agile.