Agile methodology is widely adopted in almost all the enterprises, its advantages and the agility it brings to software and product development process is widely recognized. Organizations are now on the path to adopt DevOps, which is a step in the direction of continuous development, Integration and Deployment (CI/CD).
Agile development is kind of an incremental model, where software can be developed in incremental rapid cycles. We can now create small incremental software releases with every release based on the previous functionality. And each release is methodically tested to ascertain the software quality. Extreme Programming (XP) is one of the methods used in agile development lifecycle model.
Test-driven development, requirements-based testing, constant delivery came to the focus and with these, DevOps matured into a legitimate enterprise practice. At present, DevOps, a method that encompasses agile principles fits very well with integrated software development, testing, operations & maintenance.
The main question now seems to be how software development lifecycle management tools will be able to integrate DevOps functionality. This convergence could result in next-generation ALM platforms either merging Continuous Integration & Delivery features into their existing functionality or tightly integrating with DevOps tools. This will help enterprises enhance organizational Agility by providing a single platform to manage the entire development lifecycle from planning to deployment.
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Key advantages of leveraging Agile and DevOps:
- Customer satisfaction by quick delivery of software to market. (Speed to Market)
- Interactions amongst Developers, Testers and Ops teams are a priority (in addition to implementing process and tools)
- Effective software is delivered regularly (weeks rather than months).
- Agile enables close, daily cooperation between business teams, developers and testers.
- Unhindered attention to technical features and good design.
- Even advanced changes in requirements can be accommodated in Agile.
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Now let’s focus on the multifaceted advantages of software testing in an agile environment:
Speed to Market and Better teamwork: Collaboration and teamwork amongst Developers, BA’s. PM’s, Testers result in speed and swift building of the product.
Cost effective: Integrating software testing tools and testers optimize the process of testing in an agile environment with better resource utilization and optimized delivery. This process focuses on the quality of the software. The bug fixing at the initiation of each step of development reduces the overall spend of a project and speeds up the product release process.
Tighter Alignment of the teams: One of the prime advantages of agile is fixing bugs immediately. And this happens because the group of testers and developers work in a collaborative environment that helps them to communicate the problem for the instant feedback, which in order simplifies fixing of bug and errors while the coding is done.
Enhanced Quality: Agile testing provides identifiable and measurable results in smaller cycles. Besides, it restricts an application or product encountering severe defects and helps enterprises to optimize quality and performance.
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Conclusion: Software testing in an agile environment continues to evolve as a different way of software development as compared to the traditional approach. More than 60-80% of the development enterprises are using Agile environment as compared to conventional one (according to stats from Gartner and Forrester show). The role of testers is also evolving to match the flexibilities of this environment.
DevOps is also gaining traction for the mainstream software development, it is expected that Year 2018 will see an increased adoption of DevOps.
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