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The role of a tester in an Agile team

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The Differences between Testing in Traditional and Agile Approaches
The roles and Skills of a Tester in an Agile Team

The role of a tester in an Agile team

The role of a tester in an Agile team includes activities that generate and provide feedback not only on test status, test progress, and product quality, but also on process quality. 

These activities include: 

  • Understanding, implementing, and updating the test strategy 
  • Measuring and reporting test coverage across all applicable coverage dimensions 
  • Ensuring proper use of testing tools 
  • Configuring, using, and managing test environments and test data 
  • Reporting defects and working with the team to resolve them 
  • Coaching other team members in relevant aspects of testing 
  • Ensuring the appropriate testing tasks are scheduled during release and iteration planning 
  • Actively collaborating with developers and business stakeholders to clarify requirements, especially in terms of testability, consistency, and completeness 
  • Participating proactively in team retrospectives, suggesting and implementing improvements 

Everyone is responsible for quality 

Within an Agile team, each team member is responsible for product quality and plays a role in performing test-related tasks. 

Test-related organisational risks 

Agile organisations may encounter some test-related organisational risks: 

  • Testers work so closely to developers that they lose the appropriate tester mindset 
  • Testers become tolerant of or silent about inefficient, ineffective, or low-quality practices within the team 
  • Testers cannot keep pace with the incoming changes in time-constrained iterations 

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This section discusses the differences between testing in traditional and Agile approaches, the status of testing in Agile projects, and the role and skills of a tester in an Agile team. 

 

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