International Conference on Agile Software Development

XP 2015: Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming pp 239-247 | Cite as

High Level Test Driven Development – Shift Left

  • Kristian Bjerke-Gulstuen
  • Emil Wiik Larsen
  • Tor Stålhane
  • Torgeir Dingsøyr
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 212)

Abstract

Agile development methods are increasingly used in large projects, with many development teams. Because acceptance testing can require a large chain of features to be completed, testing is often carried out late in such projects. In this experience report, we describe a large project where 11 development teams delivered a system in 12 three week iterations. We also describe how the focus of test activities was shifted towards the earlier phases of development, what we call “shift left”. This involved shifting the focus both within the iterations, and in how the overall testing work was organized. We describe the results of this change, and provide recommendations for how to organize test work in future large-scale development projects.

Keywords

Large-scale agile development Scrum Test Software engineering Agile methods Inter-team coordination Test organization 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    Williams, L., Cockburn, A.: Agile Software Development: It’s about Feedback and Change. IEEE Computer 36, 39–43 (2003)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Dingsøyr, T., Moe, N.B.: Towards Principles of Large-Scale Agile Development. In: Dingsøyr, T., Moe, N.B., Tonelli, R., Counsell, S., Gencel, C., Petersen, K. (eds.) XP 2014. LNBIP, vol. 199, pp. 1–8. Springer, Heidelberg (2014)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Haugset, B., Hanssen, G.K.: Automated acceptance testing: A literature review and an industrial case study. Presented at the Agile 2008, Proceedings, Toronto (2008)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Jones, C.: Software Quality in 2012: A Survey of State of the Art, presentation by Namcook Analytics LLC. www.namcook.com

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristian Bjerke-Gulstuen
    • 1
  • Emil Wiik Larsen
    • 1
  • Tor Stålhane
    • 2
  • Torgeir Dingsøyr
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.AccentureOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Computer and Information ScienceNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  3. 3.SINTEFTrondheimNorway

Personalised recommendations