Author Archives: Andrea

Will Machine Learning and AI Replace Manual Testers?

If you read my last blog, you might remember that I mentioned that some people thought that Agile had killed QA. Well, here we are again. In this blog, we are talking about the possible demise of another aspect of traditional testing. This time the aggressors are Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. The victim is manual testing. Will Machine Learning and AI replace manual testers? The short answer is no. The longer answer is heck, no! My money is on manual testers continuing to...

QA Process in Agile: Avoiding Silos, Pro Whole-Team Approach

Who is Responsible for Software Quality in Agile?   The QA process in agile differs greatly from QA in traditional testing, such as in Waterfall. Agile has changed the way we think of software quality. In fact, I have read rumblings in the blogosphere that Agile has killed QA. I promise you Quality Assurance is alive and well on agile teams. It just looks different than what most of us are used to. I think people who have promoted the “death” of QA in agile are not looking closely...

Building a Quality Software QA Team: Quality at Every Level

In the last blog, we made the case that everyone on the agile team owns quality and provided some ideas on how team dynamics can help build quality into the product. In today’s post, we will discuss some additional ideas on how your software QA teams can work together and ensure quality is on the forefront of everyone’s mind when building a product. As we noted in our previous post, waterfall tended to equate testing and quality, which can lead to all kinds of bad habits – the main one...

Quality in Testing: Everyone's Responsibility

Once upon a time, in the land of Waterfall, the business analysts wrote the requirements, the developers coded the requirements and the Testers tested the requirements. Each of these people sat in his/her ivory tower, um, silo and did that which they had always done since the beginning of time. Quality was thought to be synonymous with testing, and therefore was considered to exist solely in the Tester’s realm.   Present Day Quality   Fast forward to today, on an   agile  team and...

Moving from doing agile to BEING agile

Are you an experienced tester who has recently joined an   agile  team? Maybe you have testing experience but until now it has only been on traditional   waterfall projects.   Are you going through the motions with this new way of doing things but don’t feel like you’re completely invested? Do you even feel like you’re adding value to your team?   Often times, when a company begins their agile transformation they think they are BEING agile when in fact they are just doing it. Being agile...

A Case for Quality... We Don't Need No Stinkin' QA

After 20 years in quality assurance, I’m still surprised to hear about companies that don’t have formal QA processes. Even more surprising are the companies that say having a QA function is not necessary. Maybe they are a newer tech company with a tiny, tight-knit development team and the software complexity hasn’t reached a level where defects reach a critical mass or perhaps the company doesn’t support a formal process even though it’s happening in some manner. For me, it is akin to saying...

How an Old Test Lead Got Agile

1. Seek Out Advice from the Experts, Inside and Outside 2. Communicate Often and To a Wide Audience 3. Know What the Risks Are and Call Them Out ASAP 4. Get to Know Your Product Owner 5. Don’t Get Caught Up in What You Think You Know 6. Get to Know Your Developers 7. No More Multi-Tasking 8. Embrace the Retrospective 9. Slow Down (a Little) and Enjoy the Ride   I spent eighteen years testing before I ever worked with agile. When I suddenly found myself transitioning to an agile team...