Getting your team to work collaboratively might seem like a Herculean task; however, some simple techniques strategically implemented can break the barriers between testers and developers. Some techniques project managers should attempt are:
Incorporate pair test-programming:
Pair test programming allows testers and developers to collaborate on project requirements, develop software code, run identified tests and determine the glitches of the software project. Moreover, if testers analyze the software on a developer’s computer, the testers can give feedback needed for the improvement of the software promptly.
Each installs and learns the other group’s tools:
If both testers and developers are cross-trained on each other’s equipment, accurate analysis and understanding of each step will occur. For example; the cross-browser testing tool that the tester uses or the language used by the developer.
Having more understanding and being capable to see the clear picture from both group’s perspective raises productivity, positive collaboration, and superior the end product.
Finding and fixing glitches:
With both teams aware of each other’s roles and equipment, finding and fixing glitches or problems when they arise will improve. Having both teams be able to identify and prioritize problems will ultimately have the two groups working collaboratively and more effectively.
Attend software and hacker’s conventions:
Going to trade and technology conventions are a way to build team relationships, gather new data that can be used, and discover new hacker threats, glitches, and viruses.
Treat both developers and testers as the same parts of an integrated and collaborative group:
Design a team atmosphere and culture where both teams are equally valued and collaborative work develops quality results, which is the team’s goal and responsibility. Encourage casual communication, sharing and developing in person rather than via formal arrangements such as e-mails. Formal communication is a time waster and delays team-work, efficiency, and a “finished” product.
Tips for Building Collaborative Teams
Team builders and project managers should encourage sharing. Testers and developers need to share strategies and thoughts every step of the project from beginning to “finished” project.
Testers and developers should be open-minded and positive in active communication. Egos get easily bruised if teams can’t communicate effectively.
Testers should be willing to equally listen to developer ideas in the test building development. Developers should also listen to ideas on improving the software.
Both developers and testers are inherent parts of a larger scheme. What used to be two departments working across from one another, has altered because of the demands of modern technology. Keys to an ideal Agile development process include these two departments to work as a collective.
When these two units are working collaboratively as a joint team, product demands of improved turnaround and higher quality software is increased. In an industry where teamwork has become a necessity, project managers need to focus on building relationships and harmonious and effective communication happening. Studies have shown when groups have a strong team foundation, all areas of product development, testing, and customer satisfaction is realized.