Wait! That is not the direction in which we are supposed to be moving. Everyone is moving in the opposite direction (or at least is supposed to be). Agile is taking over from Waterfall in a lot of places.
However, we are referring here to an Agile shop with a Waterfall customer. So even though we were following the Scrum Methodology and trying to be Agile in our development processes, the final client (paying the bills) expected the standard Waterfall deliveries and when they were not forthcoming, they got worried and became more insistent on their documentation. As QA we were the ones who kept getting asked for all the artefacts involved in the project. As the 'last stage' before delivery to the final client, QA was the one most on the hook for delivery.
Our solution was to provide the Quality Assurance documentation and results in the format required by the client while mapping it to the Agile processes and deliverable behind the scenes. No-one was misled. They all knew what was going on but the mapping (with Traceability) resolved the issues and let progress continue on the project.
If you have had a problem with coordinating Agile to Waterfall and are not sure how to solve it give us a call or take a look at Consulting on our website.
Don't get caught in this!
Review your processes frequently.
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Test Lead - Toronto, Ontario - March 2017. Dates and Location to follow.
2017 QAI LVC Courses - Online - Instructor Lead
LVC (Live Virtual Courses) available anywhere you have a connection to the Internet! Session 2 - starts March 28, 2017 CSTE Exam Preparation Course: Prepare yourself for the CSTE Exam with this course covering all 10 Skill Sets and providing exam examples. Based on the 2014 STBOK. CSQA Exam Preparation Course: 1 Prepare yourself for the CSQA Exam with this course covering all 10 Skill Sets and providing exam examples. Based on the CBOK. CAST Exam Preparation Course: . Prepare yourself for the CAST Exam with this course covering all 10 Skill Sets and providing exam examples. Based on the 2014 STBOK. EMST - Essential Methods of Software Testing Beginner and mid career testers can gain valuable information for better testing.
Quality Assurance Consulting seems hard to define sometimes. What does a QA Consultant do? In general, the answer is measurable and effective Process Improvement. This is not necessarily testing but more making testing efficient and effective. Why bother?
A testcase takes 1 hour to write and 100 need to be written.
Take 10% of off that effort immediately by process improvement.
You have just saved a day and a half of work.
Maintenance will be easier leading to later savings.
The main benefit comes when this becomes best practice throughout the organisation and goes forward on all other projects.
Process Improvement will have the following impacts:
More efficient IT service saving money.
More effective IT service saving money.
Resolves client dissatisfaction resulting in more business.
Fixes where current processes are not working.
We know what to ask and what to do with the answers. Contact us to improve your ROI.
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Quality Assurance in the New Year - coming in March
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