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When should QA be testing during a sprint? (Agile)

Define a definition of done that includes testing. Define which testing effort is minimal needed to get the work done. Time boxed exploratory testing session for each story, just after coding is done ...
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QA gets all the work at the end of the sprint

Get the whole team to work on the problem. Given the arrangement you've discussed clearly the team needs to look at options to resolve this. The problem itself seems fairly endemic in all of the ...
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How to tackle a huge bug backlog?

This is very common. There are basically 3 parts to the problem: Measure. Track stats to know when the backlog is getting worse or improving, week to week Identify. Figure out what things ...
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How to deal with or prevent idle in the test team?

"there is nothing to test" That is a strong statement. I like to use James Bach's definition of testing: Testing is the process of evaluating a product by learning about it through exploration ...
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How to tackle a huge bug backlog?

In addition to Michael Durrant's excellent answer and the equally good comments, I'd suggest you consider a few things: If you have not already done so, devote some time to analysis of your bug ...
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The test team as an enemy of development? And how can this be avoided?

Get a good Scrum Master who can convince the organization that Scrum teams should not be depended on other teams to deliver shippable software. It is an impediment he/she should resolve. Traditional ...
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How to deal with or prevent idle in the test team?

In addition to some of the other suggestions, you could consider a few other options: Build/run load tests for new/recent work (given the maturity of your test automation you may already have this ...
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Separate QA v.s. Scrum Team Member - How should QA be involved?

My ex-client went through a very similar thing. When I started, QA weren't invited to walkthroughs, project meetings, sprint planning, daily stand-ups, etc., and developers were estimating the time ...
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The test team as an enemy of development? And how can this be avoided?

I've tested in the sprint + 1 system under the SAFe framework. The framework does not specific this but lends itself to doing it for organizations coming from waterfall. Mu suggestion is: stop it ...
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Scrum Master certification for manual tester? Boon or not?

Anybody can be the Scrum Master, just make sure the Scrum Master has no other conflict of interest roles as Product Owner, Manager or Stakeholder. Personally I think testers have the potential to be ...
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What changes for testers when they are testing in agile environments?

Classic testing is Quality Assurance Agile Testing is Quality Engineering Quality Assurance Traditionally most testing as done at the end of the development. It asks if the product that has been ...
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QA gets all the work at the end of the sprint

Great Communication Brings Great Results Being last in line, QAs keep facing this repetitively. QA should proactively communicate delays and respective risks to stakeholders. I’ve never seen any agile ...
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How to handle Idle team members in Sprint

Seems you have a mini water-fall. Everyone in the team should help finish the Sprint. Let the developers help with the Stability testing and re-running failed test cases. Developers and QA do not ...
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Differences between KANBAN and SCRUM with respect to testing?

With respect to testing they are the same. Kanban and Scrum are both iterative Agile development models, the goal is to get the most important tasks fully done (including testing) as soon as possible....
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Separate QA v.s. Scrum Team Member - How should QA be involved?

I've been there. This is my experience: Start with - Review all the documentation you're given. Chances are good something critical has been overlooked because Project Managers tend to focus only on ...
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Area of responsibility of a test manager within the agile process?

One of the foundation principles of the Agile Manifesto is self-organizing teams: The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams. PS: It includes processes ...
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Agile Tester vs Traditional Tester...........?

I'd suggest you start by taking a look at some of the related questions and their answers, particularly this one and this one. Also, if you don't have Crispin and Gregory's Agile Testing, get it. ...
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When should QA be testing during a sprint? (Agile)

My team struggles with a similar issue having multiple input streams, that are running on different iteration/sprint cycles into a common product. We tried testing in the dev int area for each team ...
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Have test cases evaluated by everyone in the Scrum team? Including the developers?

Use tests to drive code design. This is the difference between using tests as quality checks, post development instead of using tests to uncover and drive the design up-front. "Testing by itself ...
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QA gets all the work at the end of the sprint

In the spirit of working in a multi-disciplinary team, I think developers should participate in the QA process if there's a backlog of work, (or even if there isn't). I think it's bad practise for the ...
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Types of testing can be done on a first build

I'm going to answer the first two points because I think the other two should be put as separate questions instead. What are the types of testing that can be conducted on first build which was ...
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QA Steps to move sprint story from Ready for QA to Done?

You don't wait for a sprint to start before doing test work. You should have been present during the planning of the ticket and given feedback on the feature. Were all possible scenarios spec'd out? ...
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Separate QA v.s. Scrum Team Member - How should QA be involved?

As your question is tagged Scrum I will try to answer it within that context. It starts with the Scrum's Definition of Done: When a Product Backlog item or an Increment is described as “Done”, ...
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Should code reviewer read user story COAs?

Of-course, understanding the goal of an user-story before coding review gives a lot of context. In an Scrum team I would expect all team-members to already understand the acceptance criteria as ...
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Multiple Scrum Teams - How Can I Make Use of QA?

Now QA is not the only person responsible for the quality of the product, instead, QA's are taking up the role of a person who drives the quality process inside the team. Some things which you can do/...
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How to deal with or prevent idle in the test team?

If you have a set of Regression Tests, testers can start automating them starting with which are easiest to automate. This will save you a lot of time in the long run during Regression Testing. Of ...
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QA gets all the work at the end of the sprint

We have an issue Issue for who? Sprints are a completely artificial unit of time usually set up by managers who do not do your work anyway. If you're breaking this artificial deadline but the clients ...
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QA gets all the work at the end of the sprint

There are a few different ways to approach this problem. From a Scrum perspective, your Development Team does not have sub-teams. You may have specialists, such as people who specialize in testing, ...
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QA gets all the work at the end of the sprint

Tell your devs and management that a Backlog Item isn't "done" until it is tested. So PBI don't get "done" at the end of the sprint, they remain unfinished because the team "...
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QA gets all the work at the end of the sprint

Not Actually Agile As is common, people have taken a waterfall process and slapped an Agile label on it while being un-agile. The classical Agile model doesn't have a separate QA team at all. There is ...
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