Agile Innovation – Delivering Innovation in the Agile Model

Agile Innovation - Delivering Innovation in the Agile Model

Based on the proven success of Agile as a software development methodology, I would like to mention here that Agile has provided a comprehensive, customizable, solution to the key improvement needs in the critical performance areas viz. made-to-custom-needs, strategic planning, Go-to-market success, high efficiency and successful client engagement.

When we continuously adapt our ‘innovation and research work’ and thrive relentlessly on the same on an ongoing basis, we have in a way adapted agile innovation. The most successful of innovators are those who push the competitors out by reshaping the market and hence coercing it to ‘adapt’ the innovation. At the start of things this sounds unachievable; hence the agile, incremental approach becomes the necessity of the times to ‘lead the completion’.

Agile-Methodology

There is almost no doubt in saying that Agile is more suited for innovative organizations than conventional waterfall methods are. However, is agility the natural way to innovation? In case you take a gander at the principles behind the Agile Manifesto, the first one says: “Our highest priority is to fulfill the client’s need through the early and regular delivery of valuable and useful software.” This is tied in with delivering something some client needs, wants and will pay for. This is all about finding and satisfying requirements. This isn’t about developing cool things nobody else has ever wanted before.

It’s right that agile uses a lot of procedures for innovativeness, for example, face-to-face communication, iterative work, and quick feedback, to name only the most vital ones. Also, it promotes an idea that software development is an act of development and invention, as opposed to an act of production, thus making it an innovative act. But, it also puts the IT development under the nearby control of the business, with backlogs, planning workshops, prioritization, item owners, and so on.

The agile strategy has helped create & implement the best ideas, develop them with the highest efficiency, work together more profitably to achieve breakthroughs. When we talk about innovation, it does not simply imply that copying the strategies adopted by other successful organizations can produce the desired results. Collaboration and implementation with an approach to suit the style and working of our own organization can only bring success. So innovation needs to be nurtured, properly planned for execution and executed step-by-step, taking into consideration alterations/ customizations needed in the way of its implementation. Hence ‘agile innovation accommodates and takes in its stride the practical, actionable changes or customizations needed for achieving a greater competitive advantage.

The functional and technical landscape is changing rapidly, which affects the overall quality of the mobile application. In order to enhance the quality, agile software development offers easy systems and techniques to maintain a focus on the fast delivery by prioritizing the most important features.

Innovation is the key

Key Insights:

• Innovation efforts can help accelerate to achieve even greater competitive advantage

• An organization needs to develop a culture of innovation, greater engagement (both external & within) and rich collaboration

• Implement your own customized & unique plans to enhance collaborative innovation

• Develop key leadership goals and work in-line towards achieving them through agile innovation

• Integrate key agility principles into management planning decisions for continuous improvement

• Explore novel approaches to initiate large-scale innovation while implementing agility

• Leverage the best technology/ tools to accelerate innovation, minimize risk and promote participation across the organization

• The agile approach is all about working with speed, efficiency and quality, and ultimately reaching out successful in the market, addressing all impediments on the way, and stealthily moving ahead of the competition.

• In the long run, with agile innovation, the organization moves ahead of the disruptions, with less expenditure in mitigating risks on the way and becoming ‘the star of innovation’. Hence, it is in fact a revolutionary approach to success in innovation, because taking a big leap forward in innovation is possible only if you have speed all along.

It is clearly evident that for all businesses large or small, to thrive means to innovate or else die. As per Earnest & Young, 53% companies say that they cannot rely purely on internal innovation and 66% say that collaboration is the key to achieving strategic goals for innovation, and the failure to collaborate at the right time is a bigger disadvantage. Hence – set a vision, clearly set the goals to achieve the same, collaborate and innovate with agile. That’s the success mantra!

Our Take on TDD/BDD – Which One Do We Prefer?

Our Take on TDD/BDD - Which One Do We Prefer?

In order to keep ourselves updated with the latest software development practices, we ought to choose between the Test-driven development (TDD) and Behavior-driven development (BDD). This blog post is meant to explain what TDD/BDD mean, the steps followed in each of them, the preferred one and the reason for it?

Test Driven Development (TDD)

TDD is a one of the best software development techniques which involves writing the automated test cases before writing functional pieces of the code. This technique is popular in agile methodologies as it drives, delivering a shippable product at the end of a sprint. It is also considered as a programming technique. The main aim of TDD is to write clean code that works.

Decked is the set sequence of steps that is generally followed:

1. Write Test Case: In the beginning, the developer, based on requirement documents, starts creating automated test cases.

2. Run all tests and see if the new one fails: Development team runs these automated test scripts against what is currently developed and lists the failed test cases. There are various numbers of failed test cases as none of the features have been implemented yet.

3. Write some code and again run test cases: Development team writes functional code and again executes the automated test script until they are all passed.

4. Refactor code and Repeat: The development team can then organize and refactor the code in order to achieve a tested deliverable at the end of the sprint.

Behavior Driven Development (BDD)

BDD is also one of the software development techniques which involves writing user behavior and specification before writing test automation scripts or the functional pieces of code. Behavior-driven development focuses on the business behaviors your code is implemented. The Agile product owner or a business analyst sit together and write pending specifications in a plain text. The business person specifies behaviors they want to see in the system.

This involves the following steps:

1. The behavior of the user: First, the behavior of the user is defined by a product owner or business analyst.

2. Convert to Automated scripts: These are then converted to automated scripts to run against functional codes.

3. Write some code and again run test cases: Development team writes functional code and again executes the automated test scripts until they all are passed.

4. Refactor the code and Repeat: The development team can then organize and refactor the code in order to achieve a tested deliverable at the end of the sprint.

You can check out [Agile Testing: A Faster Approach to Achieve Quality]

Is TDD Dead?

The truth is that despite of using TDD for decades; TDD is still loved and hated in almost equal measures. At Seasia Infotech, currently, we have more Quality Assurance testers than developers working on a project. Earlier, the regression testing done was quite unsustainable. There also happened live releases in every 3 months along with emergency fixes, despite all the countless hours of QA tests that were done. Additionally, the Code coverage also increased over the months, along with the ratio of the automated to manual testing. Yes, TDD is dead for us, but we should honor its contributions than lingering on the travesties. It marked an important phase in our history, but it’s time to move on.

At Seasia Infotech, we prefer BDD over TDD because BDD is written in a more readable language i.e. English, which is easier to understand for a Product owner while in TDD test cases are written in programming languages such as Ruby, Java etc. BDD focuses more on the behavior of an application for end user point of view while TDD focuses on how the functionality is implemented. BDD is also less impactful as compared to TDD in case of functionality changes.

In our opinion, for systems such as eCommerce or HR system, BDD would be a good option, as it acts a good medium to capture all the user actions. For systems that require third party API calls, jobs, data and exports/imports, TDD might be a better option.

A Game With Errors Gives Rise to Nothing But Frustration!

A Game With Errors Gives Rise to Nothing But Frustration!

The era of e-entertainment is tremendously developing and is gaining more and more popularity day by day. One of the most important means of this industry is games.

Now-a-days, the game industry is more in demand than ever and this is why Game development companies have become the real gems of the IT industry. The thing that plays vital role in development of any game is its testing procedure.

By implementing various testing procedures, testers find out bugs and problems to avoid further frustration of the users. An individual plays games for relaxing his mind but, if the game shows a lot of errors, the user might burst out of frustration. This is obviously not desired and that’s why, at each phase of the game development, the test group tests the game with an end goal to guarantee the best experience.

Importance of Testing in Game Development

In the game development procedure, game testing is exceptionally vital. Game testing and quality assurance (QA) can expand the speed and accuracy of the game, and at a lower cost. Game testing will test for issues, for example, functionality, compatibility, completeness, performance and consistency. Along with these, it will also uncover potential programming errors.

It is not just the technical perspectives that will be tried and tested but game testing also covers the design and artwork of the developers and designers. While testing, it is also figured out by the testers that whether the game is too difficult to understand or too easy to play. In other words, since it is a game the people must want to play it. So a level of complexity must be maintained. This period of testing is appropriately called gameplay.

The game development process is long and complex with testing done at various points of the procedure. In game testing, it is normally better for a separate group not involved in conceptualizing to do the testing. This will make the testing for verification and validation more detailed and impartial.

How is Game Testing done?

Game testing obtains a lot of ideas from conventional software testing, however with a couple of customizations. Contrasted with conventional software, there is a greater concentration on the invisible “fun” perspective. There are additionally different player’s views and perspectives to consider.

The following types of testing are related to game testing:

Game testing includes:

Installation testing

• It confirms that the game will install, load and keep running on various platforms that standard clients bolster.
• These are typically depicted in test cases.

User Interface testing or UI testing

• The fundamental concentration of the UI testing is both the graphical components and content sorts.
• The testers make a rundown of wanted checks and after that work through this rundown.
• In this phase, they also cover all the limitations your game may have.

Feature testing

• Various elements of the game are checked under this. These elements include: Detailed test cases – These experiments are reasonable to cover clear components.
• Assignment based experiments – These test cases have a more elevated amount of detail.
• Test matrixes – These experiments are helpful when there are diverse elements for various player statuses.

Performance testing

• Testers find out the common tasks a player is likely to perform.
• Determine the right times for these tasks, these times are the goals. And then check accordingly.

Game testing is also done over and over, implying that if there is a bug or deformity, this must be settled, and then tested again until the game works satisfactory. All through the procedure, testers should finish documentation. At the point when there is a code solidify, no more changes are permitted on the code. This is additionally viewed as the gold period of testing. The game is almost ready to be released.

These days, game development companies need to invest more energy in testing methodology than any other application development technique as it usually turns out to be more unpredictable because of the distinctive segments. Indeed, even with better planning, an implementation may not really work.

How a Top Quality Assurance Services Company works?

Assuring quality in a game and figuring out all its faults before it goes public is the most crucial thing in game development. We at Seasia Infotech deal with every aspect of the game before propelling it. Our qualified group of testers test, tune, troubleshoot and recommend the point by point refinements that guarantee quality and playability of the game.

They likewise play-test the amusement deliberately, examine the game’s performance against the designer’s aims, recognize issues and suggest improvements. And this is the reason on account of which  we are considered as one of the best game development organization in India.

Agile Testing: A Faster Approach to Achieve Quality

Agile Testing: A Faster Approach to Achieve Quality

Remember the idiom “Being an early bird is better than being a night owl”. While this may not click factually, the idea is that in today’s competent software development scenario, it is really beneficial to test a software in the software development life cycle itself. Let’s evaluate the logic and the advantages for the same.

The Process

The standard software development life cycle plan based on the Waterfall model usually includes the following:

• Planning the capturing and assessment of the requirements.
• Freezing the requirements and analyzing them.
• Implementing the code.
• Testing the product.

Though this is a standard process, it may differ from project to project. If a project does not go as planned, the overall planning, analysis, design and coding takes more than the estimated time causing hurdles for the overall project planning. This happens in the situations where the project has to be delivered under the stringent timelines. In such situations, when the release date is frozen and there is no scope of flexibility, it results in immediate and massive impact on the testing and quality of the software or the application. At the same time, customers are being promised a robust application that determines the success of the entire project and ultimately the commercial success for the customer.

The Solution

Well, the only logical way out is to align the testing process way in advance of the development process.

In such a scenario, organizations often witness a cultural shift with the Agile Development methodology and the DevOps. Whilst the DevOps bridge a gap between the IT operations and the development, the agile approach promotes progressive planning and development for unvarying enhancement. Furthermore, it emphasizes on keeping a quick and a flexible approach towards change.

By the means of this approach, testing gets rooted into the system, which eventually helps in managing the defects quite in advance. In addition to this, it also offers a holistic approach towards the overall software development process.

How can all this be planned?

1. Evaluate your test results: Ignoring the test results will ultimately help you in understanding the root cause of any ‘failed’ result and offer a solution at an early stage.

2. Expand the test coverage: When testing an application, it is advisable to maximize the testing process across the application.

3. Segment the Application Under Test: To draw the maximum of the testing process, it is intelligent to break the Application Under Test (AUT) into segments.

4. Writing test cases for better functionality: By putting down the test cases for valid and invalid conditions, it becomes easy to understand and cover the various behavioral facets of the AUT.

5. Start with the right foot: A tester should idyllically approach the project with an attitude to find defects, leaving no scope for error. Thus, the application gets tested in a foolproof manner.

6. Constantly share Test cases with developers: Instead of keeping to yourself, it is important to share the test cases with the developers before they start the coding starts. This will enable the coders in the development process and reduce the duplicity of work at a later stage. We often see that the developers are not equipped with the right test cases; so, this approach of sharing enables the developers with the same.

7. Performance testing for critical applications: It is recommended that the applications that need critical response should be tested from the onset. Here, performance testing comes to the rescue for such instances as against manual testing.

8. Rewards of starting early testing:

• It allows the teams to understand the scope of work and the testing needs. For instance, only a small amount of items can skip the testing process, considering they won’t be impacted.
• Testing at the requirement stage makes the process rational and cost effective.
• Writing test cases in advance in the SDLC help solving them in due course.
• It helps in quantifying the scope of the problem.
• It further helps in preparing the test environment and prevents further delays, giving enough time to handle any unfamiliar risks.
• It provides more time to the testing team, which does not compromise with the quality of the software or the application.

Inference?

When a testing process starts before time, it gets easier and cost effective to identify and address the bugs as it is cheaper to fix bugs at an earlier stage as against at a later stage.

An Agile approach helps in getting feedback cycles by involving with the customers much in advance. Although there is a thin line unraveling the Agile & DevOps, the ones considering the Agile approach might be much more familiar with the DevOps. The agile principles can be implemented effectively in the development and quality assurance process, however, it is challenging to integrate it on the operational side. This is where the DevOps come into play to viaduct the gap.

Are you planning to implement an Agile Test Automation strategy and looking out for a competent partner for quality assurance services? Seasia’s team of test automation experts would be excited to collaborate with you to build a robust and a tested strategy.

Improve the Performance of your Web Application with Code Quality

Improve the Performance of your Web Application with Code Quality

There are numerous ways to implement code as there are proficient developers to implement it, which is one of the aspects that make software development a fun profession. This also means that there are many opinions about what makes a high-quality, virtuous software. What one developer values in regards of code quality can be poles apart than what other developers’ value?

A simple instance of this is a method written very efficiently, using a crisp syntax and a code in the minimum possible lines. While a code can be processed as high quality by one developer, it may be seen as concise and obscure by another, who prefers having a code laid in a more long winded yet easy structure.

This is why it is sensible to think about code in terms of the qualities, than trying a single definition of code quality. We can have a conversation about which qualities of code optimizations for a given situation only after recognizing, measuring and analyzing the various qualities of the code.

Meeting the Requirements

The foremost measure of quality to consider is if the code meets the requirements that initiated it to be written. The code needs to be articulated in the eyes of a developer; the one failing to accomplish the anticipated outcomes can be said to have low quality. The resulting software should not just realize the basic measure of fitness, but should also meet the needs of the customers.

The need to provide customer satisfaction is one reason that it is so hard to detach the quality of the end product from how it is created. A team that is closely associated with its customer and shows its work throughout the construction process is more likely to provide the customer with what it wants, than a team who holds on to show their work until all the structuring tasks are completed.

No doubts, softwares can meet customer requirements and still have poor quality. Billions of dollars are made by selling poorly crafted softwares that meet the needs of the end users’. This demonstrates that satisfying the requirements of the customers may require higher code quality, but there is a lot more to the quality than this single aspect.

Focusing on this minimum level of quality can cause problems as softwares need to change to meet the new requirements. Today, softwares grow when new customer requirements and desires are added and articulated into the code. Thus, the code must also reveal the quality of being easy to change.

If the software is difficult to change, it is considered to be high in technical debt. A code with higher technical debt has a greater cost of ownership because the changes take longer to implement and the risk of introducing new bugs while adding new features is also quite high.

Free from Deficiencies

A deficiency in a software context is a huge concept, because there are numerous aspects of a code that needs to be observed, measured, and assessed qualitatively.

Freedom from deficiencies in the code refers to healthy performing, non-functional necessities like readability, extensibility, maintainability, and innumerable other aspects. Since there are so many qualities of a code to consider, it quickly becomes a matter of determining the aspects to be optimized, and the ones to be monitored in a hostile way.

Reducing Time-to-Context

A code once written gets read repeatedly than it gets changed. In reality, reading a code in a given class is often done to gain relative insights into what another class is doing. The time a developer must spend to get sufficient context to make a change is an essential waste that can be referred to as time-to-context.

Creating a maintainable code is done to reduce the time-to-context for the code reader. Aspects that assure reductions in time-to-context consists of a clean split-up of all the concerns, ensuring each class having simple designs and responsibilities.

The Role of Analysis Tools

The code analysis tools can check for concerns like interoperability, performance, security, globalization, and must be a part of the software building process.

Regular running of a code analysis tool and evaluating its output is an inordinate way to improve as a developer, for the things wedged by the software rules can obviously add to your knowledge.

Wrapping Up

Measuring the code quality and maintaining it are two different aspects of software development. By focusing on these two aspects, any organization can develop reliable and robust software programs that streamline the work, thus improving productivity. If a business is by some means unsure about how to measure, develop, and manage the code quality, then it is prudent to trust the industry experts and leading web application development service providers who can develop clean codes that are capable of boosting performance.

Google’s “Cloud Test Lab”a free, automated testing service

Google's “Cloud Test Lab”a free, automated testing service

Android apps works on various  Android devices which can have a different Android version, resolution, aspect ratio, screen and performance cover when compared to another.There are various Android testing services  whose aim is to test the various apps and helps to solve the problem, but Google is finally going to offer a first-party option to developers though the Play Store developer console.

Recently, Google announced the “Cloud Test Lab,” an in-house Android app testing service. In this you can upload your app to the developer console staging channel and Google will perform automated testing on the “Top 20” Android devices from around the world . At the end of testing, customers obtain a report summarizing the process of testing across all relevant devices with testing results and log files.  .

This service will allow the developers to “walk through” their apps on the selected devices and if they found any kind of crashes into it they will receive a video of the app before the crash and a crash log to help them in debugging their things. Google says this service will help catch layout issues and show -topping bugs and allow developers to spot bugs with low-RAM devices.

The statistics owned by Google  is the very less percent of devices are running the latest version of Android as compared to iOS because various devices of  apple are running the latest major version.
The “Top 20” tier is free, and Google is planing to expand the services to more than “Top 20” devices through a paid services. The parallel testing of physical devices can bring developers deeper insight into how to scale apps for various devices. The “Top 20” devices is probably only a tiny sliver of that, the service shows that Google is at least trying to help with the problem.The program is expected to launch later this year.

We help our clients to realize their goal  of creating and deploying SaaS (Software as a service model)  model onto the cloud.

Tips and Tricks While Using Selenium IDE

Tips and Tricks While Using Selenium IDE

Selenium IDE is a Firefox Add-on developed originally by Shinya Kasatani as a way to use the original Selenium Core code without having to copy Selenium Core onto the server. Selenium Core is the key JavaScript modules that allow Selenium to drive the browser. It has been developed using JavaScript so that it can interact with DOM (Document Object Model) using native JavaScript calls. There are a few facts that one should keep in mind while creating any scenario based script using Selenium:

  • Tests should have a starting point.
  • Tests should not rely upon any other tests to run.
  • Test should only be testing one thing at a time.

Although these rules apply to any form of test automation but they need to be adhered specially when creating tests using a user interface. To start selenium IDE, start Mozilla Firefox > tools / web developer drop > selenium IDE. Once loaded the IDE is ready to record the testing event (make sure the record button is engaged). Following are the steps to be followed to create a script:

  • In record mode, navigate to starting point for example: www. Sample.com.
  • Perform the action to be tested.
  • Stop recording and play the test, once successful, the  test may look like this:

Jmeter can be used to test and record the performance of any web application. While running any recorded Jmeter script, the components/ recorded files are loaded virtually and end user scenarios are not replicated. Hence to replicate user scenarios, one has to make use of Selenium Webdriver through Jmeter. Following are the steps required to configure Jmeter with Selenium Script:

  • Open Jmeter from command prompt.
  • Right click on the test plan > add > select thread group.
  • Right click on Thread Group > Add > Config Element > Select jp@gc- FirefoxDriver Config.
  • Right click on Thread Group > Add > Sampler > jp@gc- WebDriver Sampler.
  • In the Script section we need to define the selenium script in Java script format.
  • Add the listerner for reporting purpose, Right click on Thread Group > add > Listners > View Results Tree and Summary Report.
  • Now Save the Test Plan as .jmx file

Generatingselenium reports using TestNG-xslt through Ant is quite easy.TestNG-xslt relies upon apache ant to Generate selenium reports.Apache Ant is a Java library andcommand-line tool capable to drive processes described in build filesas targets and extension points dependent upon each other. Primaryuse of Ant is the build of Java applications. Ant supplies a numberof built-in tasks allowing to compile, assemble, test and run Javaapplications. Ant can also be used effectively to build.