Transition from Quality Assurance to Quality Engineering using Agile Methodologies
Quality Engineering for Quality Agile Transformation
Quality assurance and testing teams of digital enterprises usually struggle to strike the right balance between application stability and time-to-market due to factors such as frequently changing requirements, lack of information, technical skills, or improper quality measurement.
A quality product is key for improving the customer experience and continuous business growth. Cigniti has been a trusted agile testing partner for enterprises who are at various stages of adopting Agile methodologies. We have helped enterprises with QA planning, estimation, and identifying metrics into their sprints resulting in a seamless integration of their sprint teams to improve test coverage & provide quality@high-speed.
At Cigniti, while our expertise in quality engineering practices such as DevOps, CI/CD, agile testing, and robust test automation help ensure quality assurance and control, our other testing techniques such as functional testing, performance testing, and more ensure that a “potentially shippable product increment” is delivered with every sprint.
Key Differentiators of our Agile Testing Services
Cigniti’s Agile Test Experts have successfully helped enterprises achieve better business results and gain a competitive edge via the effective use of agile methodologies. By collaborating with our agile testing teams, clients have been able to realize quantifiable business benefits including reduced time-to-market and shorter software release cycles. Cigniti’s end-to-end agile testing strategy and distributed agile framework has delivered these results to numerous clients who were looking to adopt agile methodologies in a practical way.
Here are a few key differentiators of Cigniti’s Agile Testing services:
- Continuous Integration (CI) & automation using a matured test automation framework (TAF) that seamlessly integrates with leading CI tools & deployment processes.
- Distributed Agile Framework that allows multiple colocated teams to work in a highly collaborative manner that delivers agility and assures quality.
- Crowdsourced and colocated teams to manage distributed Agile environment. “Time Zone Matrix” to plan scrum meetings that support global delivery model.
- ‘Done’ criteria is set for all user stories and cross-checked for adherence before signing-off. It is one of the most critical checkpoints of an Agile project.
- Lean Governance – Implementation of quality gates, sprint retrospection, & reviews; metrics & measures enable thorough alignment with Agile development process
Implementation of Agile QA practices help assure process excellence for large US Bank
Quality engineering-based agile methodologies have become instrumental for banking sector in creating a customer-centric strategy. A leading US financial service provider processing 11 million+ transactions per day across 250,000 locations in the United States required in-depth analysis of its people, processes, and technology to optimize its sprint processes.
Know how Cigniti’s Agile TCoE, Agile QA frameworks, processes, and led to the standardization & high maturity of processes.
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Distributed Agile Testing Framework
Cigniti’s Distributed Agile Testing Framework is a global delivery model that helps in setting up frameworks for enabling enterprises test for agile implementations and best practices such as Scrum, Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD), Behavior Driven Development (BDD), Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Scrum of Scrums (SoS), and more.
Cigniti’s implementation of SoS, an important technique in scaling scrum, helps large project teams achieve their business objectives. SoS consists of clusters of teams working in a distributed environment making the situation even more challenging in communicating, governing, and maintaining time-to-market.
Cigniti’s matured and proven test approach helps our clients seamlessly integrate their agile development processes and hybrid development processes. Our quality engineering and agile expertise ensures that software testing complements development and helps in the early adoption of test automation through continuous integration and implementation of testing techniques (TDD, BDD et al). This approach not only helps reducing time-to-market but also defect slippage.
Quality Engineering for Agile Transformation
To keep up with the pace of development in Agile, the way enterprises think about testing must change. Testing has to shift-left and be performed along with development. The sprint planning phase thus has to consider the needs of testing such as clear acceptance and DONE criteria, proper effort estimation for testing.
- Automation begins at the unit level followed by API and GUI level automation. Automation coverage for lower levels (unit & API) should be very high. Only critical end-to-end scenarios should be automated at the GUI level.
- Performance targets should be identified for key scenarios/user stories. Single-user performance tests can be automated and executed every sprint to ensure no performance regressions take place
- Improve tool integration to implement continuous integration and deployment
- Cross skilling of resources ensures better utilization
- Real-time reporting and tracking of key metrics
Agile Testing Process at Cigniti
Cigniti delivers Agile Testing services with a combination of pre-built test suites that dovetail into the development environment and help identify defects, eliminate redundancy, and strengthen QA of the applications even as they are being developed. With a 6-step process that begins with Sprint planning and ends with Execution, our Core and Flex team works toward achieving true agility.
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Quality Gates are an inherent part of Cigniti’s Agile Testing framework. Cigniti’s quality gates come with a host of predefined policies & quality gate criteria that is customized based on client needs. These criteria are a mixture of automated checks such as passing unit and integration tests, code quality, and guideline checks as well human checks such as peer review, approval from other stakeholders. Automatically enforcing quality gates ensures that the products meet the quality level and compliance conformance that clients need in production.
While Cigniti’s approach takes care of “quality and timeliness”, governance and communication are also primary concerns of clients adopting agile methodology. To overcome this, Cigniti has built a lean governance model that provides “right-level of information to right-stakeholders at the right time”. Cigniti has institutionalized a metrics and measurement framework to track and monitor sprint velocity, burn rate, backlogs, sprint retro trends et al that provides performance visibility and confidence to all stakeholders (Dev, BAs, QA, Infra and Exec Team) for release readiness.
Cigniti has forged strategic partnerships with many of the industry’s leading testing tool providers such as Xamarin, SauceLabs, SmartBear, QASymphony, and more.
These relationships allow Cigniti to provide you with additional insights and assistance as you make critical technology choices in your agile application development lifecycle.
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