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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are some Career options after QA Testing field?

Could you please throw some light on some Career path that Senior/Lead QA can take? The answer to this can be quite personal as it's based on what you like doing and your own personality. Do you ...
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How to set up a Software testing process

Coming to your 2nd question- I think your company should have one separate automation QA & it should have sufficient knowledge about automation Tool (Selenium, QTP…etc.). Coming to Automation ...
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The test team as an enemy of development? And how can this be avoided?

The cynic in me feels that if developers could be relied on to detect & fix their bugs as they go along then separate testing teams would never have been invented in the first place. Much ...
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How to handle bottle necks in agile testing procedures

I found myself in that very same position last year. With a team of around 12 devs and only 2 QAs we used up all our time testing features and couldn't do the (IMHO) more important work of improving ...
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Are there generally accepted standards for frequency of bugs?

There is no general guideline for this. This depends on how experienced/good the devs are, how new the technology is they might be using, how complex or new the application is they are building, etc. ...
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How to integrate 4 QA engineers into 4 dev (Scrum) teams?

You have Scrum in your tags, so the first point worth noting is that Scrum requires cross-functional teams. I assume QA is required to deliver product to production, so that skill needs to be in the ...
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Should bugs be story-point estimated?

There's no one right answer. I'm not entirely sure that I'd buy the developers' argument that it is too difficult to assess the difficulty of fixing a bug. The very same argument could be said about ...
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Acceptance Testing & Scrum - How do you handle bugs that occur during acceptance testing in parallel to ongoing/upcoming sprints?

Henrik Kniberg is generally right. When a defect is found after the work is considered "Done" and is in some downstream activity, like UAT, put any issues found on the Product Backlog and ...
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Separate QA v.s. Scrum Team Member - How should QA be involved?

The biggest issue is people perception and that is what needs to be changed. There are a few hurdles that need to be overcome. Hubris among development Value of QA Teamwork These are not so much ...
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