Agile Testing Services
With many IT organizations around the world, adopting Agile as their SDLC, Quality Assurance and Testing teams also have had to evolve to strike the right balance of application stability and time-to-market. Testing has to become continuous and also smarter. Improved test automation with the right testing techniques help ensure that a “potentially shippable product increment” is delivered every sprint.
Gallop has been a trusted testing partner for many organizations in various stages of adopting Agile. We have helped organizations new to Agile build in QA planning, estimation, metrics into their sprints. In case of more mature organizations, we have seamlessly integrated with their sprint teams to improve test coverage, velocity and quality. Our frameworks for continuous test automation and performance testing have been leveraged by multiple organizations to improve their Quality Assurance and Testing practices.
Gallop has successfully supported variants of Agile, be it Scrum, ATDD, BDD etc. With larger organizations, we have helped scale Agile using frameworks like SAFe, SoS etc. While Agile works best with a collocated model, we have also leveraged our Distributed Agile Testing Framework to support a global delivery model.
Key Differentiators of Gallop’s Agile Testing Services
- CI & automation using matured TAF that seamlessly integrates with leading CI tools and deployment processes.
- Communication & Collaboration - Collocated team to manage distributed Agile environment. “Time Zone Matrix” to plan scrum meetings that support global delivery model.
- ‘Done’ criteria - Set for all user stories and cross-checked for adherence before signing-off. It is one of the most critical checkpoints of an Agile project.
- Lean Governance - Implementation of quality gates, sprint retrospection & reviews; metrics & measures enable thorough alignment with Agile development process
- Distributed Agile Framework that allows multiple collocated teams to work in a highly collaborative manner that delivers agility and assures quality.
Agile Testing Methodology
Business enterprises across the world are experiencing a common trend of increased client expectations, technology upgrades and unpredictability in their business environment. The magnitude of these changes and accompanying uncertainty is compelling most of the enterprises to adopt/follow “Agile” – a flexible and progressive software development process/model.
As per current trends, most of the Enterprises have gone one-level above and implemented agile scrum of scrums (SoS), an important technique in scaling scrum to large project teams for achieving their business objectives. SoS consists of clusters of teams working in a distributed environment making the situation even more challenging in communicating, governing and maintaining time to market.
To address the above stated challenges, Gallop has developed a matured and proven test approach that has the ability to seamlessly integrate with client’s agile development processes or hybrid development processes. This methodology ensures that testing is complementing development, helping in the early adoption of automation through Continuous Integration and implementation of testing techniques (TDD, BDD et al). This approach not only helps achieving time to market but also reduces defect slippage.
Quality Gates are inherent part of Gallop’s Agile Testing framework. Gallop’s quality gates come with a host of predefined policies and quality gate criteria that is customize based on client needs. Typically the criteria is a mixture of automated checks like passing unit and integration tests, code quality and guideline checkers as well human checks like peer review, approval from other stakeholders. Automatically enforcing quality gates ensures that the products meet the quality level and compliance conformance clients need in production.
While Gallop’s approach takes care of “quality and timeliness”, governance and communication are also primary concerns of clients adopting agile methodology. To overcome this, Gallop has built a lean governance model that provides “right-level of information to right-stakeholders at the right time”. Gallop has institutionalized metrics and measurement framework to track and monitor sprint velocity, burn rate, backlogs, sprint retro trends et al that provides performance visibility and confidence to all stakeholders (Dev, BAs, QA, Infra and Exec Team) for release readiness.
The Gallop Assurance
Agile’s goal is to accelerate your entire SDLC while significantly reducing your release cycle. Gallop’s global delivery model helps you realize both of these goals by using the right set of accelerators, tools, processes and above all people. Our offshore, nearshore and collocated models help our clients to achieve a higher standard of quality in both their services and products.
Whether you are in the early stages of transitioning to Agile, or need to take a fresh look at your Agile testing strategy, Gallop can offer you straight forward, and objective advice on how to achieve your goals sooner and more cost effectively.
To know more about our Agile testing process, transition from a Quality Assurance to Quality Engineering organisation, and about our Agile Testing thought leadership, please feel free to continue reading below.
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Quality Engineering for Agile Transformation
To keep up with the pace of development in Agile, the way we think about testing has to change. Unlike the waterfall model, there is no separate phase for testing. Testing has to be done along with development. This means that we have to start thinking and planning for testing much earlier. The sprint planning phase has to consider the needs of testing such as clear acceptance and DONE criteria, proper effort estimation for testing.
- Automation begins at the unit level followed by API and GUI level automation. Automation coverage for lower levels (unit & API) should be very high. Only critical end-to-end scenarios should be automated at the GUI level.
- Performance targets should be identified for key scenarios/user stories. Single-user performance tests can be automated and executed every sprint to ensure no performance regressions take place
- Improve tool integration to implement continuous integration and deployment
- Cross skilling of resources ensure better utilization
- Real-time reporting and tracking of key metrics
Agile Testing Process at Gallop
Gallop delivers Agile Testing services with a combination of pre-built test suites that dovetail into the development environment and help to identify defects, eliminate redundancy and strengthen QA of the applications even as they are being developed. With a 6 step process that begins with Sprint planning and ends with Execution, our Core and Flex team work towards achieving true agility.
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Gallop’s Agile Testing Thought Leadership
Gallop’s Agile Testing Practice regularly publishes whitepapers to benefit the software testing community at large. These whitepapers help organizations adopt the latest Agile practices and integrate agile development and testing methods into new development projects.
Businesses who rely on Gallop’s Agile Testing Services
Gallop’s Agile Test Experts have successfully helped organizations achieve better business results and gain a competitive edge via the effective use of agile methodologies. By collaborating with Gallop’s agile testing teams, our clients have been able to realize quantifiable business benefits including, reduced time to market and shorter software release cycles. Gallop’s end to end agile testing strategy and distributed agile framework has delivered these results to numerous clients who were looking to adopt agile methodologies in a practical way.