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How do I overcome a bottleneck in a team's process, when what people are telling me doesn't match what I see

I started a new job a few months ago as a scrum master. The team was and still is having problems completing their tasks during the sprint. Initially the problems seemed to be tasks that were too ...
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What is the role of a QA tester on a Scrum team?

I've recently added a QA tester to our new Scrum team. The tester comes with a lot of experience in automated testing and is capable of scripting, light coding, etc. He will be using automation tools, ...
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What are developers expected to do during testing in the latter half of each Sprint?

When you are using the Scrum framework, a Sprint cycle involves development and QA. At the end of the Sprint the tasks worked upon and tested are showcased and released. Typically, for a team of 3 to ...
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How Quality Assurance is related to Testing?

Very often I hear people say "Quality Assurance" while talking about "Testing" and vise versa. According to my understanding these two terms mean different things. Could anyone explain the difference? ...
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Project stuck in endless testing cycle

I am involved in a project where for some time now the project has stuck in an endless testing, UAT, bug fixing cycle. The issues that caused this are, lack of initial requirements, new requirements ...
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How can I make unit testing a priority?

As a one man band delivering smallish web development projects, I found that nearly all regression issues that clients find in the final development phase of the project could be found with unit tests ...
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How can I handle a client's client who is upset with bugs but refuses to use any kind of Project Management?

I am a programming/engineering freelancer working as a consultant for a mid-sized corporation. This mid-sized corporation has many clients, including a very large financial company (one of the top 10 ...
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Do you include testing in the original estimate?

Our dev team estimates work in hours, but we do not include any testing time in the original estimate. For example if the devs say an item will take 4 hours that will become our estimate for that item,...
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Should we allocate separate hourly estimates for test tasks in addition to the development tasks

Breaking user stories into tasks and estimating their development time in hours is pretty widely accepted. However, we have subsequent test activities that need to be carried out before the task and ...
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How are items with dependencies to other items handled in Kanban?

In our team we are working with system integration testing only. This means that we don't have any development tasks, just testing tasks and tasks related to preparing our heavy systems for test. We ...
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Should a Product Owner start testing while an item is in code review

We have a Product Owner (PO) who starts testing while an item is in code review and gives feedback to developers. I see, from the point of view of the PO, that this allows for quicker feedback. ...
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Client with conservative UAT policy

One particular client has a very traditional, conservative approach to UAT and deployment. When the development team completes the items in the sprint, this is all packaged into a release, which must ...
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QA-Challenged Team - How to Improve?

Both in my Scrum Team and in the IT Department as a whole, we do not have a single hired QA-personnel. In fact, it is mandated by upper management that we cannot hire one (and I do not think this ...
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Should the same person do the testing who did the development?

Background We have 50 employees who are working on different projects in a team of 3-4 people. In my firm the testing is done by the developers. We have 2 or 3 products with a large code base that we ...
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Incorporating QA and Testing in a Startup running Scrum

We continue to struggle with how to improve our QA and Testing processes in the sprint. We run a two week sprint and find that the QA and testing gets left late in the process and ends up rushed with ...
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How can the role of QA maintain the alignment between the Business and IT?

In my previous organization there was a disconnection between the Business Operations and IT that always impacted the final derivable. For some reason, the Business intent was not accurately ...
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What is the good response to convince project manager about testing process?

I'm managing the testing effort for a new software application as a test manager. In a meeting with the project manager, I recommend that requirements, designs, and code should undergo reviews. The ...
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What could be my risk mitigation strategies if my client wants to contract UAT?

My client wants to squeeze UAT into 6 working days from originally planned 10 working days. This is because they want to go live because of an impending business reason. As a risk mitigation strategy ...
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QAs get all the Work at the End of Sprint

We have an issue in our Scrum Agile process, where all the Developers get PBI work done in the last few days of the sprint. And then QA is forced to test everything at end of sprint. What is the ...
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Is QA stage mandatory to be included into user story cycle?

The problem I came across: A 2-week Sprint is close to the end (let's say 80% of the time has passed by) A particular user story has just been completed (and has unit tests) What next? Testing takes ...
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At what point does a user story get tested in an iteration?

We are new to Agile, and we have been noticing that user stories usually get completed by the end of the iteration. Testers have very little time to test stories thoroughly; they're idle for most part ...
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Should there be testing-only user stories?

We estimate stories as 1, 2, 4, 6, or 8 points. Consider a story with less development work but huge testing effort. Let's say we estimate that story as 8 points. We see the following options: Let ...
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How to handle stakeholders' different understanding of project requirements?

As a software tester/QA, how to handle when stakeholders (e.g Project Manager and Developer) have different understanding of project requirements? I understand that this communication breakdown ...
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Are development and testing of a feature done at the same time in Scrum?

Let's suppose a Scrum team needs to implement a new feature. Do QA engineers write automated tests for the feature at the same time as developers write code for the feature? In other words, QA ...
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How to organize sprints during the user acceptance tests phase?

What is the suggested approach to sprints organization during the tests phase? Lets assume that we have finished development sprints, internal tests (analysts & developers) are over. Application ...
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When is the best time to create automated test cases?

When is the best time to write automated test cases? I understand that automated test cases are written in parallel or else by Test Driven Development. But when should automated functional or ...
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Adding test cases to user stories (Backlog items) before the sizing session

Scenario: I was asked by management if it is a good idea to add test cases to user stories before the sizing session. This will involve investigating the item, writing test cases, speaking to ...
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Test only stories in the Sprint?

We realized that we have an urgent requirement to complete a series of automated testing stories in a sprint. Therefore we took in automation only stories. Some manual testers took in a few other ...
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Are there differences in Test plans for an agile model and a traditional model?

Are there differences in in-sprint Test plans for an agile model and a traditional model? Is there any best practices to follow for in-sprint test plans?
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Scrum: Should user story acceptance criteria be mapped to test cases?

Should the acceptance criteria for a user story form the basis for the test cases when testing that feature? Or, should there be a seperate story for testing, whose acceptance criteria is that the ...
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Who writes the test cases for your client when it's time for Client Acceptance Testing?

This question has recently come up at my organization. When it's time for the client to review and accept either a large ecommerce implementation or a smaller feature enhancement, will your QA team ...
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How to define a Test Exit Criteria?

How can a project manager specify a testing task statement of work for a fixed-price contractor? I'm hiring a contractor to do testing in my project. All other works like design, architecture, ...
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Should I specify user story acceptance criteria in Given/When/Then format or checklists?

As far as I understand Given/When/Then format of acceptance criteria is used when the project is going to follow BDD (Behavior Driven Development). Thus, the acceptance criteria will be used for the ...
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How do you convince a client that testing is a must?

It is quite hard to sell testing in these days. Clients are always looking for cost savings and it often happens that they are not aware of low quality in the output. How do you deal with that?
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In agile projects, who is assigned to do the testing?

When you have a small company with some programmers, designers and a project manager, who is responsible for the testing? Does everybody have to write tests, or is it always the same person?
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What is the role of test manager in a scrum team?

In a company, they are transitioning from agile to scrum. They have hired a very skilled scrum master to facilitate change, they have an up to speed product owner, a development manager who is up to ...
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In an scaled Scrum with multiple teams, who should be responsible for writing automated system tests?

We have three teams contributing to the same product. Currently our automated system tests are being written by two QA people that see what has been finished in the reviews and then write appropriate ...
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What is the difference between TDD, BDD and ATDD and related tools?

What is the difference between: TDD (Test Driven Development); BDD (Behavior Driven Development), and; ATDD (Acceptance Test Driven Development)? In which layer(s) do they lie? And what are the ...
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Long testing phase in Scrum

We are building quite a big and important feature in a Scrum Team. The PM wants to put this feature into a separate branch and not deploy it for a 1-2 months so the users can test it properly before ...
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In Scrum how do we maintain a small numer of end-to-end and UI tests (Test Pyramid)?

Scrum Teams often write automated tests for User Story's Acceptance Criteria. So every sprint the number of these tests increases. I suppose that many of these tests use browser testing frameworks ...
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How to implement unit testing with a small Scrum team without spending half the Sprint unit-testing stories?

We are a very small team (1 front-end developer, 1 back-end developer/solution architect, 1 PM/UX) working in Scrum with 2 weeks Sprints. Up until now, we were mostly working on prototype projects not ...
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What are some Agile Testing Estimation Techniques?

How do Scrum/Agile teams use metrics to estimate testing efforts.
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Who tests what criteria for epics?

So our product owner is in a position where she feels encumbered by the decomposition of a large user story: Product owner presents a story Engineers determine that it is too big for a single story ...
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Best way to keep development and testing in synch

We have 1 frontend developer and 2 backend developers and 1 QA. QA is responsible for writing the end-to-end tests using Cypress. FE developer writes the unit tests. Backend developers write the unit ...
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When do you integrate Acceptance Testing into a scrum process?

I want to know exactly when I can integrate acceptance testing into a scrum process? During the sprint cycle or at the end of the sprint cycle? I know that acceptance testing is when we test the ...
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QA-automation in a modern development?

I've heard that the QA-automation is gradually becoming a developer's work. More tests tend to be done on the lower levels of the Testing Pyramid. The automation of the end-to-end level, which is now ...
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What is a good git workflow that involves QA/Testing? [closed]

So here's the scenario: We've been developing this application for almost a year now. The application is already on production and we have: 3 Developers 2 QA guys 1 Team Lead (me) We have worked ...
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In a data-driven startup, what should we *not* A/B test?

We are shifting our startup to a data-driven culture, and prioritising what to start testing [UPDATE: i.e. what goes in the product plan]. We have a reasonable number of users, and a working product, ...
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Timeline management for one man band getting into outsourcing

I'm a one man band business owner, having run my web development business for 11+ years, 8 of which I used no project management tactics at all - other than code like hell and persistence. I also used ...
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How to ensure sprint tasks are bug free before release

I was asked this question in an interview, and couldn't figure out the solution, so I thought I will come here. Basically, I was mostly working as a developer, and had my own set of unit tests for ...
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