Chapter 6 – Questioning Quality

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It’s no secret that compromised quality was a regular feature of traditional water- fall software projects, primarily due to the highly risky practice of all-in-one integration and testing at the very end. Although Scrum’s focus on iterative and incremental development alleviates significant risk, the reality is that we will never be able to totally eliminate every defect.

The following three shortcuts step you through both preemptive measures and remedial actions to help deal with those pesky bugs.

Shortcut 16: Bah! Scrum Bug! lays out a selection of new definitions, principles, and processes to assist in managing defects during sprints. Shortcut 17: We Still Love the Testers! considers the new roles that a tester now plays on a Scrum team. Finally, Shortcut 18: Automation Nation identifies a selection of important starting points when commencing down the path of test automation.

Shortcut 16: Bah! Scrum Bug!

  • New Definitions
  • New Principles
  • New Approaches
  • Turning Moths into Butterflies

Shortcut 17: We Still Love the Testers!

  • Waterfall Friendship
  • Change Is in the Air
  • New Identities
  • The Tester as a Consultant
  • The Tester as a Designer
  • The Tester as an Explorer
  • A New Beginning

Shortcut 18: Automation Nation

  • Continuous Integration (CI)
  • Test Automation
  • Deployment Automation
  • Continuous Delivery and Scrum
  • Every Journey Begins with But a Small Step

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Wrap Up

The three shortcuts included in this chapter focus on a selection of tactics, tools, and tips to help your team track and manage defects on a Scrum project. Here’s a recap what is covered:

Shortcut 16: Bah! Scrum Bug!

  • Differentiating between bugs and issues
  • A selection of underlying defect-handling principles to consider
  • Approaches for tracking and managing defects within sprints

Shortcut 17: We Still Love the Testers!

  • The evolution of the tester role
  • Why specialized testers are still vital for high-performing Scrum teams
  • Key functions that a tester should focus on: consulting, designing. and exploring

Shortcut 18: Automation Nation

  • The importance of automation to avoid slipping back into waterfall patterns
  • A selection of automation starting points
  • How Scrum and continuous delivery play nicely together

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