QA challenges with agile software development

Agile Testing

Agile Testing is a testing practice that follows the rules and principles of agile software development. Unlike the Waterfall method, Agile Testing can begin at the start of the project with continuous integration between development and testing. Agile Testing methodology is not sequential but continuous.

QA challenges

a) Chances of error are more in agile, as documentation is given less priority, eventually puts more pressure on QA team

b) New features are introduced quickly, which reduces the available time for test teams to identify whether the latest features are according to the requirement and does it truly address the business suits

c) Testers are often required to play a semi-developer roled

d) Test execution cycles are highly compressed

e) Very less time to prepare test plan

f) For regression testing, they will have minimal timing

g) Change in their role from being a gate-keeper of quality to being a partner in Quality

h) Requirement changes and updates are inherent in an agile method, becoming the biggest challenge for QA


  • Automated UI provides a high level of confidence, but they are slow to execute, fragile to maintain and expensive to build. Automation may not significantly improve test productivity unless the testers know how to test
  • Unreliable tests are a major concern in automated testing. Fixing failing tests and resolving issues related to brittle tests should be a top priority in order to avoid false positives
  • If the automated test are initiated manually rather than through CI (Continuous Integration) then there is a risk that they are not regularly running and therefore may cause failing of tests
  • Automated tests are not a replacement for an exploratory manual testing. To obtain the expected quality of the product, a mixture of testing types and levels is required
  • Many commercially available automation tools provide simple features like automating the capture and replay of manual test cases. Such tool encourages testing through the UI and leads to an inherently brittle and difficult to maintain tests. Also, storing test cases outside the version control system creates unnecessary complexity
  • In order to save time, much times the automation test plan is poorly planned or unplanned which results in the test fail
  • A test set up and tear down procedures are usually missed out during test automation, while Performing manual testing, a test set up and tear down procedures sounds seamless
  • Productivity metrics such as a number of test cases created or executed per day can be terribly misleading, and could lead to making a large investment in running useless tests
  • Members of the agile automation team must be effective consultants: approachable, cooperative, and resourceful, or this system will quickly fail
  • Automation may propose and deliver testing solutions that require too much ongoing maintenance relative to the value provided
  • Automated testing may lack the expertise to conceive and deliver effective solutions
  • Automated testing may be so successful that they run out of important problems to solve, and thus turn to unimportant problems.


Agile methodology in software testing involves testing as early as possible in the software development lifecycle. It demands high customer involvement and testing code as soon as it becomes available. The code should be stable enough to take it to system testing. Extensive regression testing can be done to make sure that the bugs are fixed and tested. Mainly, Communication between the teams makes agile model testing success!!!

Published by Amar Singh

Experienced in Microsoft Dynamics 365 (CE) Functional, Test Automation, Integration Testing, Data Migration Testing and Manual Testing on various applications in Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft. Have lead Dynamics 365 Functional Team, Manual Test Team, Automation Test Team and Data Migration Test Team.

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