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Skipping Over Quality (Agile Transformation Pain Point #16)

Rachael Wilterdink Rachael Wilterdink  |  
Jan 03, 2019
You should not skip over quality because it’s inherently meant to be baked into agile. There are many ways you can do that.

You could consider doing acceptance test-driven development, behavior-driven development, or you can write automated tests wherever possible. Again, I really like the idea of pair programming, peer checking, doing code reviews for each other, etc. It all helps to improve the quality of your product.
agile has testers

Release and test frequently

Another thing you should avoid is waiting until the end of the Sprint to check your quality, leaving no time for fixing things. This is a waterfall problem. Agile is meant to address many of these issues. Release frequently and keep that cycle time short. As you're finishing things, they can be released to your QA environment so you can test them right away, enabling you to get to your definition of done.

No credit for partially done

If you wait until the end of your Sprint (waterfall style), then you're not going to have enough time to get to Done. Nobody likes to carry things over because there was a critical bug that wasn’t found until the last day and there wasn’t time to fix it. When the Sprint is over, the Sprint is over; you're not going to get credit for something that is not completely Done.

Misconception: agile doesn’t have testers

Though agile doesn’t have an official tester role, agile includes a lot of testing (or it should). Testing and quality is a responsibility of the whole team, not necessarily one person. Even if you had a quality analyst on your development team and their primary role would be for QA, that does not mean that the rest of the team couldn't pick up and help if needed. The idea behind a cross-functional agile team is that each member can bring their skills and talents to the team and work together to get to Done.

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