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Redefining the role of testers in organisational transition to agile methodologies
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8009-9052
University of New England, Australia.
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5269-3900
2009 (English)In: International Conference on Software, Services & Semantic Technologies (S3T), Sofia, Bulgaria, 2009Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Many challenges confront companies when they change their current software development process to an agile development methodology. Those challenges could be rather difficult but one that requires considerable attention is the integration of testing with development. This is because in heavyweight processes, as in the traditional waterfall approach, testing is a phase often conducted by testers as part of a quality assurance team towards the end of the development cycle whereas in the agile methodology testing is part of a continuous development activity with no specific “tester” role defined. In this paper we consider several options for testers when an organisation transit to agile methodology, and propose a new project mentor role for them. This role aims to utilize the knowledge that testers already have in both the business domain and the development technology together with their expertise in quality practices. This role will enhance the stature of testers as well as enable the company to effectively deploy the testers in the new environment. Motivations and benefits for this role are presented in this paper together with our plan for evaluation of this proposal.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sofia, Bulgaria, 2009.
National Category
Computer and Information Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-9089OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-9089DiVA, id: diva2:301662
Available from: 2010-03-03 Created: 2010-03-03 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Software Testing in Agile Development: Technological and Organisational Challenges
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Software Testing in Agile Development: Technological and Organisational Challenges
2011 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The emerging industrial trend towards agile software development processes brings forth new concerns, challenges as well as opportunities. One of the main concerns is with respect to the achievable quality levels of the final product, for which testing is the well-known assurance mechanism. However, it is not well defined for the community on how to perform testing using existing expertise in an agile environment. This uncertainty may create confusion and contra productivity that can lead to testing teams and their practices considered as an obstacle for full implementation of agile processes within an organisation.

 

This thesis outlines our current research activities towards identifying and addressing important organisational and technical challenges in the agile environment.  In this context, we propose a new role for traditional testers which will enable them to integrate into the agile team as well as to fully exploit their knowledge in the new context. We have conducted an elaborate industrial survey on the preferences and practices with respect to the contemporary aspects of software testing and identified test-driven development as an important technical area for improvement.  A systematic review on empirical evidences related to test-driven development was performed subsequently, which revealed a list of factors limiting its widespread industrial acceptance. Knowledge of testing was identified as one of those factors and was further investigated in a controlled experiment performed with undergraduate students.

 

Our future works aim to confirm these research findings in wider as well as industrial settings and investigate other limiting factors in detail, with the aim of providing guidelines for achieving better utilisation of testers and testing practices.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2011
Series
Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses, ISSN 1651-9256 ; 136
Keywords
software testing, agile development, test-driven development, role of testers, empirical study, controlled experiment
National Category
Software Engineering
Research subject
Computer Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-12174 (URN)978-91-7485-015-4 (ISBN)
Presentation
2011-06-21, Gamma, Högskoleplan 1, Västerås, 09:15 (English)
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Available from: 2011-05-11 Created: 2011-04-29 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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