How Agile Adoption Will Improve App Testing

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-28-2017 Email

With the vast majority of organizations now viewing enterprise app testing as a crucial strategic pursuit, CIOs and their IT teams believe that the adoption of continuous delivery and agile processes will greatly improve testing, according to a recent survey from Panaya. The resulting "2017 State of Functional Testing Report" reveals that, despite these beliefs, the tech teams surveyed still conduct most testing using manual methods. Through continuous delivery and agile adoption, however, they can implement more automation, while more effectively removing and/or eliminating defects. They also believe the changes would give them a greater understanding of business requirements and customer needs. "With the pace of business process change constantly increasing, functional testers' dilemma of velocity vs. risk is only expected to intensify," according to the report. "Enterprise agility in its broader sense—that is, an organizational ability to have different stakeholders collaborate and respond swiftly as one to dynamic marketplace changes—is the obvious and only solution to maintaining viability in today's changing world. IT, and specifically the functional testing industry, must adopt agile principles to become the purveyors of business success, rather than its inhibitors." More than 150 IT testing decision-makers in the United States and the United Kingdom took part in the research, which was conducted by Spiceworks. 

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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