Sunday, January 29, 2023

Agile Backlogs: Understanding Product, Sprint and Bug Backlogs

Are you a QA, Software Engineer or Product Owner who wants to understand backlogs in Agile and Scrum? View my Backlog Agile video or read on.

Agile development is about adaptability, collaboration and continuous delivery of value to the customer. Agile uses the concept of backlogs. I will explain what is Backlog in Agile and Scrum, what are the types of Backlogs in Agile methodology, the relationship of Agile Product Backlog to Bug Backlog and Agile Product Backlog vs Sprint Backlog, who writes the backlog items in Agile and where to put bug fixes in Agile.

First, what is Backlog in Agile? It is pending work that will bring value to the customers. It is a list of items that need to be completed in the project and includes features, user stories and other tasks. What are features in Agile Scrum backlog? They are higher level functionalities provided by the system, for example a feature for users to customize their profiles and another feature to give personalized recommendations to users based on their past transactions. What are user stories? A user story explains a software feature in non-technical or business language. What are the other tasks in Agile Product Backlog? They are tasks to achieve the project goals but each task should provide value to the users for example refactor the code to improve performance, update the test scripts, system testing or QA testing focusing on functional testing and performance testing or update user documentation. 

There are three types of backlogs in Agile:

1) The primary or biggest backlog in Agile is the Product Backlog. It contains all the items that need to be done in the project, and it's the responsibility of the Product Owner to add items to it and prioritize them by business value. 

2) The Sprint Backlog is a smaller backlog. It contains all the items that need to be done in the current sprint. The Developers select items from the Product Backlog, estimate the efforts and add them to the Sprint Backlog.

3) When it comes to bug fixes, the Agile approach is to address them as soon as they are discovered. The Bug Backlog is a list of all the known bugs that need to be fixed in the project. The Product Owner is responsible for prioritizing the bug fixes, based on their impact to the users and customers.

There are different ways to handle the Bug Backlog, depending on the team's preference. One approach is to keep the Bug Backlog separate from the Product Backlog. This allows the Product Owner to focus on prioritizing the bug fixes without being overwhelmed by other items in the Product Backlog. However, this approach also introduces more overhead work for the team.

The typical approach is to include the Bug Backlog within the Product Backlog. This approach simplifies the process of prioritizing bug fixes, as the Product Owner can address them alongside other items in the Product Backlog. However, this approach makes it more difficult to track the status of bugs, as they are mixed in with other items.

In order to manage the Bug Backlog, the team can use a tool like Jira to prioritize and track the Product Backlog Items (PBI). The Product Owner can create Product Backlog Jira by adding items, setting their priorities and assigning items and the progress can be tracked by the Agile Scrum Master, Developers and other team members. 

In conclusion, the create Backlog and Sprint in Agile process is that the Product Owner adds PBI's including bug fixes needed to Product Backlog, prioritizes each PBI and cleans up the PBI's, as needed. Then for each Sprint, the Developers select the PBI's, estimate them and commit to deliver them in the Sprint. I hope that now you know about Agile backlogs, which are Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog and Bug Backlog. Thank you 🙏

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Alpha Testing and Beta Testing | Difference between Alpha and Beta Testing


Are you a QA, software engineer or product owner looking to improve your understanding of alpha and beta testing? View my Alpha Testing And Beta Testing video or read on.

In this blog post, I will dive into these two types of testing and explain the key differences between them.

Alpha testing and beta testing are both critical stages in the software development process, and it's essential to understand the purpose of each. In simple terms, alpha testing is the round of testing done in-house by a small group of testers, developers, users or even customers or prospects, while beta testing is a more extensive round of testing done by a larger group of users before a product's general release.

The goal of alpha testing is to identify any bugs or issues that may have been missed during the development process and to ensure that the product meets the requirements and specifications laid out in the initial design.

Once any issues identified during alpha testing have been fixed, the product is ready for beta testing. Beta testing is the final round of testing before a product's general release. It's done by a larger group of users, who are typically not part of the development team. The goal of beta testing is to identify any remaining issues and to get feedback on the product's usability, performance, and overall quality.

So, what are the key differences between alpha and beta testing? One main difference is the scope and scale of testing. Alpha testing is typically done by a small group of in-house testers, while beta testing is done by a larger group of users. Alpha testing focuses on identifying issues, while beta testing is more focused on getting real-world feedback and fine-tuning the product. Additionally, alpha testing is typically done before beta testing, and beta testing is done before the final release of the product. See the differences in the table below.

In conclusion, alpha testing and beta testing play important roles in the software development release cycle. After understanding the purpose of each, software developers and QA may leverage these types of testing to find out their product's quality before the general release.

Want to learn more? View Alpha Testing and Beta Testing video. Thank you!


Sunday, March 13, 2022

Katalon The State of Quality Report 2022 Review and Download

Katalon has made The State of Quality Report 2022. This helpful report has important findings about Quality, Test Automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Test Automation and the year 2022 for Quality Assurance. You can view a summary of this valuable report here or read on.

Katalon provides test automation tools and platform that can be integrated with other products. Katalon is well-known in the industry. Katalon tools are used in more than 100K enterprises by more than 1 Million testers and developers.

I explained the summary of The State of Quality Report 2022 in my 6-minute video above. But in brief, The State of Quality Report 2022 has four parts. These are Quality at speed, Test Automation, AI in Test Automation and 2022 expectations. In Quality at speed section, Katalon suggests test automation, code review, production testing, automated unit testing and shift left testing. In Test Automation section, Katalon found that test automation is used for regression testing, test cases generation, functional testing, test results analysis, test data generation, performance testing etc. Katalon also names the most popular test automation tools. In AI in Test Automation section, Katalon found that AI is in initial stages only. AI is being used for test script generation, test data generation, automated defect detection and test selection. AI in test automation is expected to increase. In 2022, Katalon expects that test automation would increase, QA practices would improve and AI technologies would enable tasks like test estimation, test repair etc.

Benefits to you? This 59-page report explains the quality state in detail. There are many recommendations that you may discuss with your QA team or suggest in interviews. You can download The State of Quality Report 2022 for free at the link, https://bit.ly/3fPXLgb

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