How Agile Adoption Will Improve App Testing

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-28-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How Agile Adoption Will Improve App Testing

    As business user demand for high-functioning business apps grows rapidly, CIOs and their IT teams seek to incorporate more agile approaches into testing.
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    Essential Element

    67% of the IT testing decision-makers surveyed said quality assurance (QA) and testing are very important or critical to their organization's strategy.
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    Business-Minded

    74% said they strive to understand business requirements when testing, and 65% said they seek to create a better customer experience.
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    Nimble Approach

    55% of the IT testing decision-makers said enabling the continuous delivery of change in their testing is a priority, and 53% seek to make their organization more agile.
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    Under the Gun, Part I
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    Under the Gun, Part I

    76% said it's critical to remove and/or eliminate defects and incidents while testing business apps, and 62% said it's critical to release them on time.
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    Under the Gun, Part II

    58% said it's critical to validate use cases and requirements while testing business apps, and 55% said the same about minimizing testing costs.
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    Hands-On

    On average, the IT testing decision-makers said 54% of their organization's functional testing is conducted manually.
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    Automated Response

    47% said continuous delivery and agile adoption will result in testing automation accounting for the vast majority of all testing.
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    Evolving Needs

    35% said continuous delivery and agile adoption will result in business and domain expertise being required for testers, and 31% said these changes will lead to the merging of QA and developer roles.
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    Top Test Evaluation Challenges
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    Top Test Evaluation Challenges

    Need for more business-oriented reports: 40%, Inability to understand test progress on the business process level: 39%, Dashboards don't summarize data as needed: 34%, Difficulties in evaluating requirement-related defects: 34%, Reports are too technical, with no analytics for business: 30%
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    Biggest Defect Management Challenges

    Recreation of the defect: 44% Duplicated defects reporting: 43% Need to track defect lifecycle: 38%
 

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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