Agile testing is a software testing practice that follows the key principles of agile software development.

Although more and more organisations are moving towards agile software delivery, agile methodologies bring their own set of challenges.

The truth of the matter is that traditional test tools struggle to work in an agile environment. This is mainly due to the fact that they were designed to work in a ‘test last’ environment whereas the agile model is more a ‘test first, test continuously’ model.

Traditional or legacy testing tools force QA teams to wait until the user interface (UI) is complete, or at least relatively stable before test automation can begin as they struggle to deal with change. Programmatic solutions have a high cost to develop scripts and then an unwelcome additional burden when it comes to managing any changes as the code develops. This delay in automation makes achieving regression testing inside the sprint or iteration almost impossible and often leads to a post-iteration regression test which is undesirable.

These kinds of tools only really suit application testing that involves long development cycles and strict change management regulations. Otherwise they simply won’t work.

Typically, these tools require users to have specialist skills. The cost of licences for these products is so huge that many organisations tend to only buy licenses for just a select few. This goes against the ethos of tight communications and close-knit working groups that are necessary in a successful agile testing environment.

Finding the right agile automation tool is therefore incredibly important if agile teams are to have a bug-free version of the software with each iteration.

Furthermore, the number of tests increases exponentially with each story to the point where, if the tests were done 100% manually, the testing could actually exceed the length of the total iteration. It is therefore imperative that agile teams have an option that reduces the time taken for manual testing.

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