Agile Management

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2 May, 2016


With respect to software development, Agile methodology tends to follow a workflow that encourages the team to work collaboratively, flexibly and responsibly towards each other. The adherence to the Agile manifesto is now widely accepted as the most effective approach to software development. What Agile undertakes to resolve is the split between the role of the testers and developers. In the traditional approaches, these two are marked as separate entities working in their own spheres excluded from each other. Agile tends to unite the two in the sense that their respective roles can be overlapped if the need be. This integration, not necessarily in terms of people but in relation to time and process can increase and enhance productivity.

Agile Test Management

Agile test management seeks to establish a culture of testing along with educating people on how to develop an environment that supports agility at all levels. At the same time it gives birth to the notion that the role of test managers will cease to exist in an agile environment. This however is not the case as explained by Roden and Williams at the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. The role is not eliminated altogether but in fact under goes a transformation. There is undoubtedly a significant shift in the approach and responsibility of the tester as he is no longer following the traditional method of working. The shift basically entails working at all levels of the software development rather than just at the end.

Test management is important in agile as it brings value and confidence to the quality of the product. Also, specifying well in advance of what needs to be done brings value to shared understanding as well. It will leave out any ambiguities or miscommunication that can arise if things are not conveyed properly or timely. Deriving maximum benefit out of minimum time and effort spent is what agile test management is all about.

How Agile Can Transform The Organization

The ever evolving and changing nature of the roles of the team members transforms the face of the organization. How? Well in an agile environment the team members get the opportunity to learn from each other and work with shared responsibility. No one gets to play the blame game. Testers learn from developers and vice-versa.

The team is responsible for tracking the progress of a project themselves and do not need a resource to report to.

At the same time the role of the manager is extremely important as the team members have someone to look up to. Managers on the other hand need to build a trusting relationship with the team members along with facilitating ones facing trouble. They should also be able to act as coaches to the ones who find it difficult to cope up. In this way the managers are better able to build the capacity of the organization.

The relationship between a test manger and a development manager is of utmost importance. Both need to integrate coding and testing activities to shorten the feedback cycle.

So what binds these multiple roles together? Such as tester, developer, manager etc.

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