Agile Testing in Today's World

With each passing year, technology puts new pressures on developers. As consumer demand rises and more products become available across the market, companies have to act as quickly and efficiently as possible to stay afloat and gain maximum visibility. Yet, no matter how rushed production teams are, errors must be weeded out so that the products are a benefit – not a detriment – to the company’s reputation.

Agile testing is the beating heart of all of this – it can be viewed as the living vein that connects all the steps of lifecycle management. Like any testing strategy, it has its ups and downs. But, today, Agile Testing is widely accepted as the most adaptive and efficient methodology to guide a product from start to finish.

The Challenges of Welcoming Change

In product development, every lifecycle affects testing. Some Agile test strategies include risk-based testing, automated testing, and reactive testing. But, even properly chosen strategies do not alleviate all the testing challenges of Agile projects.

A huge Agile principle is to welcome changing the requirements of a product, even late in development. Risk-based testing, reactive testing, and careful automated testing can all accommodate change, though GUI-based tests are often more sensitive. Testing challenges still arise from changes in the definition of the product and its correct behavior. This includes keeping the test team informed of such changes and accounting for differential impact of changes on testing. Otherwise, changes can impose testing inefficiencies.

Some iterative lifecycle models allow substantial periods of time between each build. Agile methodologies help move this along faster. The pace and brevity further squeeze the test team’s ability to develop and maintain tests, and GUI test automation techniques can be particularly sensitive to this driving pace. Test teams are under a lot of pressure to develop, maintain, and execute tests in a risk priority order.

ZAP-fiX Opens the Doors to Conquer Challenges

In theory, the Agile movement promotes doing less work faster to get ongoing feedback. But this drive for speed does not ensure that your product will get to market faster or with fewer defects. If too much pressure is placed on testing teams, more errors will inevitably slip through the nets. For this reason, it is absolutely crucial to provide testing teams with the most modern and effective testing tools available on the market today.

ZAP-fiX is one such tool.

ZAP Technologies developed ZAP-fiX with the challenges of testing in mind. We know and understand the pressures that testing teams face every day and seek to meet those rough waters head on.

Features of ZAP-fiX that help make Agile testing easier:

-          The ability to develop test automation ahead of the application being released. With ZPX you can develop test objects using mock-ups or test object properties.

-          The ZPX 1Script  functionality  offers cross-platform execution with the ability to execute one script cross-platform.

-          Using ZPX’s seamless integration with HP Quality Center and ALM allows the execution of a script on multiple hosts simultaneously.

Using these market-first features and solutions, ZAP-fiX alleviates the pressure of the rigorous testing pace set by the modern market and assures quality software in the aggressive Agile development phase.

Visit our website to learn more about ZAP-fiX and how it can move your Agile testing forward with maximum efficiency.

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