The testers (developers) ensure that the whole process of testing (development) is broken into small steps as possible, and just a small unit of code is tested (developed) in each of these steps. The team of testers (developers) consistently communicates the results of their work, and changes the short term strategy and even the development plan on the go, based on the results of agile testing. Agile methodology encourages flexible and rapid response to change, which should lead to better end results.
Each day, at same time and same place (in front of the task board), the team meets to give updates about their tasks and tickets resolved for the day. This meeting addresses SCRUM’s three questions listed below.
– What have you completed since the last meeting?
– What do you plan to complete by the next meeting?
– What is getting in your way?
A Release candidate is a build or version of software that can be released to production. Further, testing such as UAT may be performed on this version of the product.
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The key feature of agile are:
• Daily stand-up meetings.
• CRC (Class Responsibilities and Collaborators) cards
• timeboxed task boards.
• TDD (Test Driven Development), Continuous Integration, regular code reviews, pair programming, automated builds, continuous deployment and delivery, etc.
• You have iteration planning meetings and carry out iterative development.
Agile has a new breed of PM tools including Rally Software, Version One and Xplanner ,Easybacklog, Icescrum, Agilefant, Agilo.These tools bear no resemblance to the waterfall PM tools like MS-Project or Clarity.
A Story Board is a visual representation of a software project’s progress. There are generally four columns ‘To do’, In Progress’, ‘Test’, and ‘Done’. Different colored post, its notes are placed in each column indicating the progress of individual development items. A story board is typically used in agile development.
A ScrumMaster should make this role their top priority to focus on benefits of the overall team. Their load will vary from sprint to sprint depending on what impediments and issues the team is dealing with. Newly formed teams typically take more ScrumMaster time; 50%-100%, while experienced ScrumMasters with established well functioning teams might spend 50% or less time on the ScrumMaster role.
1. Agile tester should be able to understand the requirements quickly.
2. They should know Agile concepts and principals.
3. As requirements keep changing, testers should understand the risk involved in it.
4. Agile tester should be able to prioritize the work based on the requirements.
5. Communication is must for an agile tester as it requires constant communication with developers and business associates.
Epic is a group of related user stories.
User Stories define the actual business requirement. Generally created by the business owner.
Task: To accomplish the business requirements, development team create tasks.
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If capacity is measured as a percentage of 40 hours weeks then completed
= story points * team capacity
If capacity is measured in man hours then completed story points / team capacity.
Before the scrum sprint initiates, product owner reviews the list of all new features, change requests, enhancements and bug reports and determines the priority. If the project is new, it includes new features that the new system must provide- this list of item is referred as Product Backlog. The items that are kept on sprint are referred as Sprint Backlog.
Velocity is a metric that is calculated by addition of all efforts estimates associated with user stories completed in one iteration. It predicts how much work Agile can complete in a sprint and how much time will it require to complete a project.
• Tracer bullet can be used as spike with the current architecture or the current set of best practices. The purpose of a tracer bullet is to examine how an end-to-end process will work and examine feasibility.
• Tracer ammunition, which is a part of bullet built with a small pyrotechnic charge in their base
• It is a fictional detective, alter ego of Calvin in the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes
• It is used in Scrum (software development)to describe a proof-of-concept deliverable
• Pathfinder (library science) – a term for those pathfinders produced by the Library of Congress.