Agile Development

Hire Tech Team uses agile management tools like Azure DevOps and JIRA for managing the complete lifecycle of the product development right from:

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Product backlog and User story creation

The product backlog is a list of new features, enhancements to current products, bugs, application changes, and other tasks that the team will deliver to achieve a certain milestone in the project. The product backlog is the one source of truth for everything that a team is working on. The backlog consists of work items like Epics/Features/User stories, Tasks and Bugs.

User stories represent a unit of functionality that completes a user flow end to end.

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Sprint planning, execution, and tasks management

The team conducts Sprint planning as the first event that helps to plan what can be accomplished in each sprint as well as how that work will be completed. The full scrum team participates in sprint planning.

A sprint predetermines amount of time in scrum where all work would be completed. The team prepares for the sprint before acting. The sprint planning session creates a motivating, and successful environment for the team. The product owner describes the aim of the sprint as well as the backlog items that contribute to it.

The Sprint is executed by breaking down the project into manageable parts and completing all of the activities necessary to provide a fully functional application. Each Sprint lasts for two weeks. Scrum Master, development team, and Product Owner are present during Sprint Execution. The members of the development team choose the best approach to achieving the Sprint target.

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GIT repositories for source code hosting and control

Azure DevOps provides a GIT repository for storing the source code of the application and the team uses version control features to check in and checkout the code.
Code reviews happen during each commit in the form of a pull request wherein the peer developer will review the code as per the best practice standards set by the team, and when code passes the quality checks, only then it is merged with the application code. Test cases and test plans creation and Execution in line with acceptance criteria.

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Test Cases

The QA team writes test cases to validate if the implemented features meet the software requirements and performs as per the acceptance criteria defined. The test cases assess whether various features inside the application are working as intended and ensure that the system meets all application standards, guidelines, and customer requirements.

Test Steps, test data and preconditions and postconditions all are included in the test case document that verifies requirements. The test cases are executed in an automated way in the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline. Automatic test case execution results in business improvement.

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Test Plans

A Test Plan is a specifies a high-level test strategy, objectives, timeline for testing, estimations, and resources required to execute the project.
Based on the Test Plan, the tests are conducted to ensure that the software is working properly, with tests managers in charge.
The Test Plan evolves with the project and always remains current. It is the single true source from which a QA team’s testing activities are carried out and coordinated. The Business Analysts, Project Managers, Development Teams also refers to the Test Plan.

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CI/CD Pipelines and automated deployments

The Azure CI/CD pipeline aims at Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery to continuously build and test the code and finally ship a highly-performant, high-quality product.

These pipelines can be defined either from the UI of Azure DevOps or by using YAML files.
Continuous Integration generates deployable code, and other artifacts which are to be deployed, and Continuous Delivery deploys the built code into different environments like Development, UAT and Production.

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Defect fixing and triaging

The QA team tracks the application bugs and defines bug queries. With queries, they can manage and list active bugs, unassigned bugs, unresolved bugs, bug trends etc. The queries and query charts can be added to your team dashboards to monitor bug status and progress.

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Project burndown and velocity charts

In addition to the sprint burndown chart, teams can review the velocity at which they work sprint over sprint. The velocity chart tracks how many backlog items your team works on in a sprint. The burndown chart is a tool that helps manage the sprint. The chart provides the team with a view of project progress against the current sprint plan and indicates whether things are ahead of or behind schedule. The team velocity can be utilized as input into the forecast to help manage your sprints.

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