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Here's a strategy that works really well for me, as a project manager who also has a very long history in pure software development: "that there are two distinct manifestations of the idea of 'software testing.'" Even though the identical term is used, they are in fact disjoint activities. Each one is applied at a different time, for an equally ...


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One approach you could try is to have the QA working ahead of the developers. It would work something like this: Back end devs write stubbed API calls that mimic the behaviour of the finished functionality UI devs create a boiler plate front-end that calls into the API (getting results returned from the stubs) At this stage there is no implementation code ...


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TLDR: Optimize for throughput and your people will become T-shaped. First of all, I should address Is this the right approach? To which my answer is "Don't ask strangers on the internet. Try it and see." Agile incorporates two concepts that are relevant here: Attempt-inspect-iterate cycles Self-managing Teams Regarding the first... try it and ...


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One possible technical solution here might consist of asking them to create a second version-control branch. When the developers believe that they've finished their work, they move into a "pending QA-testing" branch. Final merges into production take place only from that branch.


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