“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change” – said Charles Darwin about the evolution of species. But the same precept holds true about software in the face of rapid digital transformation. The software development landscape is now increasingly complex, competitive, customer-driven and fast-paced. and governed by new trends and technology.
To survive this digital evolution, DevOps and Agile teams are the key drivers to the DX initiatives led worldwide. As the lines between development and operations are blurring, sprints are getting shorter, there is a higher expectation both in terms of speed and quality of software deliverables.
Not surprisingly, DX initiatives – DevOps and Agile have changed the way we test. DevOps is now really DevTestOps and for teams to be truly agile, test management is the vital link in the success of DevOps. You require TestOps to match the pace of DevOps and testing early and often – breaking the silos.
In fact, the World Quality Report led by Capgemini shows that there is increased investment in the QA and Test function reported by 90% of US and 69% percent of Canadian survey participants in the past four years.
Challenges to DevOps and DevTestOps
However, going Agile and being Agile are totally different stories and organizations face a number of implementation challenges when trying to embrace the DevOps and Agile way. Shorter sprints require better collaboration and integration, interoperability of tools. There are many gaps between conventional test management and modern Agile dev approach – with outdated tools and practices being a primary roadblock.
There are numerous challenges in the SDLC at every stage and communication gaps at each level. The traditional Agile current allows for the delay in testing, leaving little time for testing and improvement leading to buggy releases and poor customer satisfaction. With the Shift left Agile concept – the focus is on quality, prevention instead of detection, and testing as early and as often as possible. The need for automation and BDD is higher. Gets the product faster to the market.
So, test management to be truly Agile needs, unified solutions, frequent test runs and more feedback, CI that leads to bi-directional sharing. But the new trends demand new tools and fresh approach. How to resolve these challenges? The new tenets of this approach demand design thinking, Continuous Integration and Continuous Testing leading to higher visibility, traceability, better reporting and insights, more automation and behavior driven testing, prescriptive and predictive analytics in real time to shorten the development cycle.
What best practices do we recommend?
Find out how you come closer to achieving a seamless DevTestOps practice and build better and smarter products by using the recommended practices.
What are some tool selection criteria that you can use to make sure that your test management is in tune with the above-mentioned best practices. These include integration, cloud-based solutions, plugging in automation, ability to plug in your automation, higher coverage among many others.
We follow up by tips and tricks on how teams should leverage their test management suite to get the most out of it, and reduce testing time and effort and make smarter choices. Right from the reusability of test cases, modularity of the solution, ability to create test suites and track the quality of software developed build by build.
Learn more about how you can implement the best practices with one of our latest tools and how it resolved the most pressing Agile Test Management needs for one of our multinational clients.