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Ensuring quality

The goal of QA is to defend the quality of the deliverables (and as the reste of the team to get things done). This is ensured through:

  1. Inclusion of the QA team in all relevant projects meetings (daily scrum).
  2. Continuous testing of the functionalities.
  3. Validation based on acceptance criteria.

First steps as a QA team

The QA team should start the sprints with:

  1. Test cases preparation.
  2. Test case execution.
  3. Test case documentation.

Continuous testings

Continuous testing is implemented at various stages:

  • Unit testing: tests of the smaller component of the system (e.g. QUnit).
  • Integration testing: exercise an entire subsystem and ensure that a set of components play nicely together (e.g. Travis CI).
  • Acceptance testing: follow acceptance criteria from user story (e.g. Cucumber).
  • Functional testing: verify end-to-end scenarios that your users will engage in.
  • System Testing / Regression Testing / UAT:

Depending on your development workflow or requirements additional tests can be (and should be) implemented, such as regressions testing, system testing, load testing, smoke testing or UATs.

Passing QA

The QA is considered successful when:

  • Acceptance criteria are met.
  • Code is reviewed by another development team member.
  • Test cases are written.
  • Unit tests and UI automation tasks are written.

Dos and don’ts

Definitely do

  • Remove ambiguity from user stories (ensure every user story is testable and includes acceptance criteria).
  • Don’t ignore non-functional testing such as performance and security.
  • Do both functional and non-functional testing from the very start of the project.
  • Manage testers Day-to-Day.
  • Identify the tests up-front before the User Story is implemented (if you do not know how to test, how can you).

Do not

  • Exclude of QA team.
  • Wait for the sprint to be finalize to start tests.
  • Rely on manual testing.
  • Trying to be predictive rather than adaptive.