The Role of QA in Scrum

Scrum is an Agile approach to software development, which focuses on delivering valuable business features in short development iterations of 2 to 4 weeks. Scrum teams have two defining characteristics – they are cross-functional (i.e. they include every skill set necessary to get the job done) and they are self-organizing (i.e. the team is expected to figure out how best to get the job done).

On a Scrum team the QA Analysts participate and fulfill a variety of responsibilities conjointly with other team members. They are involved right from the very beginning of a project where they work closely with business analysts and developers. In Scrum, the QA role is not a separate team that tests the application being built. Instead the Scrum team is a cross-functional team where developers, business analysts and QAs all work.

Key Takeaways:

  • While QAs still write tests and report bugs, they also support many other roles and responsibilities on the team.
  • They are an important part of the team and are involved in the project right from the very beginning.
  • It has taught to ask questions rather than just follow the documentation and do whatever it takes to help the team succeed.

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