When working with agile, your processes should be lightweight, flexible and the same goes for your agile testing tools list. We have previously discussed how, in an agile environment, development and QA should work closely together. We have also offered some tips on how software testers can actively get involved with an agile scrum team. So, what tools should you consider using to help with your software testing efforts?
We believe it is essential that you choose tools that are lightweight, flexible, and productive to use. They shouldn’t get in the way or ever replace principles of the agile techniques employed. Instead, they should complement and help increase productivity.
8 Agile testing tools
We’ve put together a shortlist of tools that you may want to consider using to help with your testing efforts. Not all tools will work for every team. As with everything in agile, you should regularly review the tools you use and adapt them so they continue to meet both your and the team’s needs.
Cross browser testing tools
BrowserStack – These days, it is essential to test any website or online application on desktop browsers and tablet and mobile platforms. BrowserStack allows you to start a live session on many devices and browsers directly from your browser.
Litmus – Emails often don’t appear as expected in email clients. Testing all the different clients can mean wasting a lot of time setting up accounts and re-sending the same email. Litmus offers cross-client testing for emails, which will save you a considerable amount of time.
TestLodge – Documenting your testing efforts is just as essential within an agile team as with other methodologies. Writing lightweight tests allows you to adapt them over time. Using a lightweight test management tool to help manage this process can help you stay organized and save time. It can also provide relevant reports and identify trends for use in your team’s retrospectives.
Trello – Agile teams often work with lightweight boards, lists, and cards, which is precisely what Trello provides. This lightweight tool can track issues, and it allows your entire team to quickly see the progress in the same way that your scrum board works.
Pivotal Tracker – A similar concept to Trello in that it allows you to track issues on a board. It also has some additional functionality, which will come in useful when working within an agile team.
Slack – A real-time messaging app for teams that allows you to bring all your communication into one place and cut down on all those emails.
Zoom – Working in the same location is not always possible. You may have remote workers, or your client may be on the other side of the world. Zoom allows you to host video conferences on a lightweight system.
LICEcap – Captures short recordings of your screen and turns them into a gif. These can then be uploaded to your test management or defect tracking tool to help explain any issues you find.
Having just a few tools ready to use within your agile team should help speed up your testing efforts, and over time you will soon know if they are right for you. Most of the tools we have mentioned are either free to use or have a free trial period, so we suggest giving them a quick review to see if they can work for you.