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Agile Development Interview Questions and Answers

Agile Development Interview Questions and Answers

1) What is Agile? AGILE is a methodology that promotes continuous iteration of development and testing throughout the software development life cycle of the project. Both development and testing activities are concurrent unlike the Waterfall model. --------------------------------------------------------- 2) What is Agile Testing? Agile Testing is testing practice that follows the principles of agile software development. Agile testing involves all members of an agile team with special skills and expertise to ensure business value is delivered at frequent intervals. --------------------------------------------------------- 3) In what way does the Agile Testing differs from the other Testing Methodologies? Anytime applying Agile Methodology, the testers /developers ensure that the whole process of testing /development is broke into as small steps as possible and just a small unit of code is tested /developed in each of this steps. The team of testers /developers is communicating consistently the results of their work, and change the short term strategy and even the development plan on the go, based on the results of agile testing. Agile Methodology encourages flexible and rapid response to change which should lead to a better end result. --------------------------------------------------------- 4) What are the different Methodologies in Agile Testing? There are various methods present in agile testing such as, • Scrum • Crystal Methodologies • DSDM(Dynamic Software Development Method) • Feature driven development(FDD) • Lean software development • Extreme Programming(XP) --------------------------------------------------------- 5) What are the benefits of Agile Software Development? Agile methods grew out of the real-life project experiences of leading software professionals who had experienced the challenges and limitations of traditional waterfall development on project after project. The approach promoted by agile development is in direct response to the issue associated with traditional software development – both in terms of overall philosophy as well as specific processes. --------------------------------------------------------- 6) What is the Agile Manifesto? The agile software development emphasizes on four core values: • Individual and team interactions over processes and tools • Working software over comprehensive documentation • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation • Responding to change over following a plan --------------------------------------------------------- 7) What are some of the key features of Agile Development? Some of the key features of agile development are, • Collective code ownership and freedom to change. • Incremental approach (e.g. user stories are incrementally implemented). Automation (e.g. TDD -- Test Driven Development). • Customer focused (for e.g. internal and external users and business analysts are your immediate customers). • Design must be simple. • Designing is an ongoing activity with constant re-factoring to achieve the rules of code simplicity like no duplication, verified by automated tests, separation of responsibilities, and minimum number of classes, methods, and lines. --------------------------------------------------------- 8) What is Scrum? Scrum is an innovative approach to getting work done in efficient way. It is iterative & incremental agile software development method. Scrum is basically worked on a self-organizing, cross-functional team. In the overall scrum team there is no team leader who assign the task to team rather whole scrum members work as a team & they decides the task on which they will work on. Also the problem will be resolve by team. --------------------------------------------------------- 9) What is Sprint? Sprint is a predefined interval or the time frame in which the work has to be completed and make it ready for review or ready for production deployment. This time box usually lies between 2 weeks to 1 month. In our day to day life when we say that we follow 1 month Sprint cycle, it simply means that we work for one month on the tasks and make it ready for review by the end of that month. --------------------------------------------------------- 10) What is Extreme Programming (XP)? Extreme Programming technique is very helpful when there is constantly changing demands or requirements from the customers or when they are not sure about the functionality of the system. It advocates frequent "releases" of the product in short development cycles, which inherently improves the productivity of the system and also introduces a checkpoint where any customer requirements can be easily implemented. --------------------------------------------------------- 11) What is Test Driven Development? Test driven development or TDD is also known as test-driven design. In this method, developer first writes an automated test case which describes new function or improvement and then creates small codes to pass that test, and later re-factors the new code to meet the acceptable standards. --------------------------------------------------------- 12) What is a Test Stub? A test stub is a bit of code that replaces an undeveloped or fully developed component within a system being tested. The test stub is built such that it mimics the actual component by generating specific known outputs. The stub can be used as a substitute for the actual (fully developed) component for testing purposes. --------------------------------------------------------- 13) What is Feature Driven Development (FDD)? This method is focused around "designing & building" features. Unlike other agile methods, FDD describes very specific and short phases of work that has to be accomplished separately per feature. It includes domain walk-through, design inspection, promote to build, code inspection and design. --------------------------------------------------------- 14) What is Lean Software Development? Lean software development method is based on the principle "Just in time production". It aims at increasing speed of software development and decreasing cost. --------------------------------------------------------- 15) What are the Disadvantages of Agile Model? • In case of some software deliverables, especially the large ones, it is difficult to assess the effort required at the beginning of the software development life cycle. • There is lack of emphasis on necessary designing and documentation. • The project can easily get taken off track if the customer representative is not clear what final outcome that they want. • Only senior programmers are capable of taking the kind of decisions required during the development process. Hence it has no place for newbie programmers, unless combined with experienced resources.

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How To Upgrade from Selenium RC To WebDriver?

How To Upgrade from Selenium RC To WebDriver

The Problem

As the Selenium project continues to evolve, Selenium RC is moving closer to end-of-life. This is especially true with the upcoming release of Selenium 3 where minimal support will be offered for RC.
But how do you approach an upgrade like this? Especially if you have an enormous amount of Selenium RC tests that you rely on?

A Solution

Take Jason Leyba's advice. He works at Google and oversaw the transition of their tests from Selenium RC to WebDriver. And he posits that it can be done by following 4 simple steps: 
  • Clean up your tests
  • Swap in WebDriver-backed Selenium
  • Use WebDriver for all new features
  • Replace RC usage as tests break
To give you some context, Google's Selenium tests spawn something on the order of 3 million unique browser sessions per day. And they were able to make this transition happen with minimal disruption. If they were able to make this happen at such a scale, then hopefully this serves as inspiration for you to do the same at your organization.

4 Simple Steps

1. Clean Up Your Tests
"Turns out that tests that are easy to maintain are tests that are easy to migrate." -- Jason Leyba
The best thing you can do to keep your tests clean is to practice good abstractions. In the simplest form this means not referencing Selenium commands directly in your tests -- pulling these out into something akin to page objects instead.
2. Swap in WebDriver-backed Selenium

With WebDriver-backed Selenium you get two driver instances to use in your tests -- one for Selenium RC and another for WebDriver. This enables you to keep your Selenium RC tests running while simultaneously building out WebDriver functionality as you transition things over.
3. & 4. Improve Things Incrementally

For every new feature you write tests for, use WebDriver. And as your Selenium RC tests break go back and replace the broken bits with WebDriver.
Chip away at this over time and you'll eventually be upgraded.

Common Pitfalls

There are a handful of pitfalls to be aware of when stepping through this upgrade.
Alert Handling
WebDriver handles JavaScript alerts in a fundamentally different and incompatible way between Selenium RC and WebDriver that won't work in WebDriver-backed Selenium.
The best way to address this is to port your alert handling from Selenium RC to WebDriver -- which is pretty straightforward and should be easy to accomplish assuming you have things well abstracted (re: Step #1 above).
Here is an example of the difference:
// Selenium RC

// WebDriver
Waiting For The Page To Load
There's no need to explicitly wait for the page to load anymore since WebDriver can implicitly do this for us.
Here's an example:
// Selenium RC"");
selenium.typeKeys("name=q", "bears");

// WebDriver"");
selenium.typeKeys("name=q", "bears");
If you run into timing issues with this newer approach, consider adding an explicit wait for the element you want to interact with.
Getting Text From The Page

It's an expensive operation (and overkill) to get ALL of the text from the page to make a verification. And it takes longer to execute this in WebDriver.
A better approach is to find the element that has the text you want and check it's text instead. Alternatively, if you want to search the entire page, it's better to get the page's source and parse that.
// Slow and unnecessary
String text = selenium.getBodyText();

// Targeted and fast
WebElement body = webdriver.findElement(By.tagName("body"));
String text = body.getText();
Be careful with JavaScript
WebDriver-backed Selenium is not built for performance. It's meant to be a transitional tool. So things will run slower in it. The worst offender being when you issue JavaScript commands directly to the Selenium Core API. So do your best to avoid things like this.
     "selenium.isElementPresent('id=foo') && " +
It's worth noting that the hardest part of Google's transition wasn't technical. Teams were really slow to adopt WebDriver -- even when the tools were readily available, well documented, and easy to use. Jason and his team were able to persevere and succeed through various means (e.g carrot, stick, elbow grease, etc.), but this really slowed their progress.
If you're faced with a similar upgrade in your future hopefully this tip has helped prepare you for what lies ahead.
Happy Testing!
Naveen AutomationLabs 

Agile Testing Interview Questions and Answers

Agile Testing Interview Questions and Answers

Agile Testing Interview Questions and Answers will help you prepare for Agile methodology and agile process interviews for testers or developers.

Q#1. What is Agile Testing?
Ans. Agile Testing is a practice that a QA follows in a dynamic environment where testing requirements keep changing according to the customer needs. It is done parallel to the development activity where testing team receives frequent small codes from the development team for testing.

Q#2. What is the difference between burn-up and burn-down chart?
Ans. Burn-up and burn-down charts are used to keep track the progress of the project.
Burn-up charts represent how much work has been completed in any project whereas Burn-down chart represents the remaining work in a project.
Q#3. Define the roles in Scrum?

Ans. There are mainly three roles that a Scrum team have:
1  Project Owner – who has the responsibility of managing product backlog. Works with end users and customers and provide proper requirement to the team to build the proper product.
2  Scrum Master – who works with scrum team to make sure each sprint gets complete on time. Scrum master ensure proper work flow to the team.
3  Scrum Team – Each member in the team should be self-organized, dedicated and responsible for high quality of the work.

Q#4. What is Product backlog & Sprint Backlog?
Ans. Product backlog is maintained by the project owner which contains every feature and requirement of the product.
Sprint backlog can be treated as subset of product backlog which contains features and requirements related to that particular sprint only.

Q#5. Explain Velocity in Agile?
Ans. Velocity is a metric that is calculated by addition of all efforts estimates associated with user stories completed in a iteration. It predicts how much work Agile can complete in a sprint and how much time will require to complete a project.

Q#6. Explain the difference between traditional Waterfall model and Agile testing?
Ans. Agile testing is done parallel to the development activity whereas in traditional waterfall model testing is done at the end of the development.
As done in parallel, agile testing is done on small features whereas in waterfall model testing is done on whole application.

Q#7. Explain Pair Programming and its benefits?
Ans. Pair programming is a technique in which two programmer works as team in which one programmer writes code and other one reviews that code. They both can switch their roles.
1  Improved code quality: As second partner reviews the code simultaneously, it reduces the chances of mistake.
2  Knowledge transfer is easy: One experience partner can teach other partner about the techniques and codes.

Q#8. What is re-factoring?
Ans. Modification of the code without changing its functionality to improve the performance is called re-factoring.

Q#9. Explain the Iterative and Incremental Development in Agile?
Ans. Iterative Development: Software is developed and delivered to customer and based on the feedback again developed in cycles or release and sprints. Say in Release 1 software is developed in 5 sprints and delivered to customer. Now customer wants some changes, then development team plan for 2nd release which can be completed in some sprints and so on.
Incremental Development:Software is development in parts or increments. In each increment a portion of the complete requirement is delivered.

Q#10. How do you deal when requirements change frequently?
Ans. This question is to test the analytical capability of the candidate. Answer can be-
Work with PO to understand the exact requirement to update test cases. Also understand the risk in changing the requirement. Apart from this one should be able to write generic test plan and test cases. Don’t go for the automation until requirements are finalized.

Q#11. What is a test stub?
Ans. A small code which mimics a specific component in the system and can replace it. Its output is same as the component it replaces.

Q#12. What qualities should a good Agile tester have?
1  Agile tester should be able to understand the requirements quickly.
2  Agile tester should know Agile concepts and principals.
3  As requirements keep changing, he should understand the risk involve in it.
4  Agile tester should be able to prioritize the work based on the requirements.
5  Communication is must for a Agile tester as it requires a lot of communication with developers and business associates.

Q#13. What is difference between Epic, User stories & Tasks?
Ans. User Stories:User Stories defines the actual business requirement. Generally created by Business owner.
Task: To accomplish the business requirements development team create tasks.
Epic: A group of related user stories is called an Epic.

Q#14. What is a Task board in Agile?
Ans. Task board is dash board which shows progress of the project. It contains:
1  User Story: which has the actual business requirement.
2  To Do: Tasks that can be worked on.
3  In Progress: Tasks in progress.
4  To Verify: Tasks pending for verification or testing
5  Done: Completed tasks.

Q#15. What is Test Driven Development (TDD)?
Ans. It is Test-first development technique in which we add a test first before we write a complete production code. Next we run the test and based on the result refactor the code to fulfill the test requirement.

Q#16. How QA can add a value to an agile team?
Ans. QA can provide a value addition by thinking differently about the various scenarios to test a story. They can provide quick feedback to the developers whether new functionality is working fine or not.

Q#17. What is Scrum ban?
Ans. It is a software development model which is combination of scrum and kanban. Scrumban is considered for maintenance projects in which there are frequent changes or unexpected user stories. It can reduce the minimum completion time for user stories.
rating system.

Q#19. What is Zero sprint in Agile?
Ans. It can be defined as pre step to the first sprint. Activities like setting development environment, preparing backlog etc needs to be done before starting of the first sprint and can be treated as Sprint zero.

Q#20. What is Spike?
Ans. There may be some technical issues or design problem in the project which needs to be resolved first. To provide the solution of these problem “Spikes” are created. Spikes are of two types- Functional and Technical.

Q#21. Name some Agile quality strategies.
Ans. Some Agile quality strategies are-
1  Re-factoring
2  Small feedback cycles
3  Dynamic code analysis
4  Iteration
5  Bug Bash

Q#22. What is importance of daily stand up meeting?
Ans. Daily stand up meeting is essential for any team in which-
1  Team discuss about how much work has been completed.
2  What are the plans to resolve technical issues.
3  What steps need to done to complete the projects etc.

Q#23. What is tracer bullet?
Ans. It can be defined as spike with the current architecture or the current set of best practices.
The purpose of a tracer bullet is to examine how an end-to-end process will work and examine feasibility.

Q#24. How the velocity of sprint is measured?
Ans. If capacity is measured as a percentage of a 40 hours weeks then completed story points * team capacity
If capacity is measured in man hours then Completed story points / team capacity

Hope these questions will help you in preparing for agile testing and methodology interview.

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