Agile Testing Life Cycle Vs Software Testing Life Cycle

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In this blog, we will go through the difference between the Agile testing life cycle and the test life cycle in software testing. we will see what steps are followed in the agile test life cycle and what steps are followed in the software testing life cycle.

Agile testing

Agile testing follows the principle of agile software development. It is a continuous process rather than a sequential one.

Agile testing life cycle

Phases of Agile testing life cycle 

  • Impact Assessment
  • Agile Testing Planning
  • Release Readiness
  • Daily Scrums
  • Test Agility Review

1. Impact Assesment:-

This is all about the requirements of the user or customers. in this phase, we take the input from the stakeholders and users and also Gather the information from the users.

2. Agile testing planning:-

In this phase, we talk about how to do the testing and how much effort is going to use in terms of test creation, test execution therefore you have to review the software that has been developing and check if they are ready to go or not.

3. Release Readiness:-

At this stage, you have to review the features that you develop in the previous step and check if they are ready to go live or not. software ready for a few users to perform user acceptance testing if any bug finds during the user acceptance testing then log the bug and fix it as soon as possible.

4. Daily Scrums:-

This phase includes the everyday morning meetings so that we can check on the status of testing and set the goals for the day. all the team member discuss their status and set their goal for a whole day in this phase.

5. Test Agility Review:

The final phase involves weekly meetings with the stakeholders to review and assess the progress. team members discuss the bug finding in the software, therefore, Regression is divide into the number of cycles based on the number of bugs.

Software testing life cycle(STLC)

Software testing life cycle defines the series of activities conducted to perform the software testing. So in the software testing life cycle, each activity is carried out systematically.

Phases of Software  testing life cycle 

  1. Requirements analysis 
  2. The Test planning
  3. Test case development
  4. Environment setup
  5. Test execution
  6. Test cycle closure

1. Requirements analysis

  • Quality assurance team understands the requirements
  • Test team studies the requirements from a testing point of view.
  • The QA team interacts with various stakeholders such as clients,business analysts to understand the requirements in detail.
  • Requirement are either functional or non-functional

Types of Business requirements

  • Business Requirement 
  • Architectural Requirements
  • System & Integration Requirements 

2. Test planning:-

This is the most important phase of the testing life cycle where all the testing activities are define. Here we are prepared for the test plan so the result of the test planning phase will be the test plan or test strategy and testing effort estimation documents.

 The test plan helps us to determine the effort needed to validate the quality of the software on the test.

It also helps people outside the test team such as developers, business managers, and customers understand the details of testing.

The test plan guides our thinking. It is like a rule book that needs to be followed. Important test scope test strategy is documented in the test plan so it can be reviewed by the management team and reused for other projects.

Steps in test planning 

  • Analyze the product 
  • Design the strategy
  • Define test objectives 
  • Define test criteria
  • Resources Planning
  • Plan test environment
  • Schedule & estimation
  • Determine test Deliverable

3. Test case Development :-

This is the phase of the test life cycle where the testing team notes the detailed test cases along with test cases. The testing team also prepares test data for testing. Once the test cases are ready then these test cases are review by the QA lead.

4. Test Environment Setup:-

A testing environment is a set up of software and hardware for the testing teams to execute the test cases such as It supports test execution with hardware, software and network configured.

This also involves setting up a Distinct area like set up of test server so every test may not be executed on a local machine it means we need a server that can support applications and also we need to set the network as per the requirements. we need different browsers for different testers.

5. Test Execution:-

This is the process of executing the code and comparing the expected and actual results. Therefore process consists of test script execution, test script maintenance, and bug reporting. The testing team starts executing test cases based on prepared test planning & prepared test cases in the prior step. if any test cases are failed then the corresponding defect can be reported to the developer team.

6. Test cycle closure:-

Closure report by the test lead is published after completing the exit criteria and finishing the testing phase and it also follows a standard format such as:

  • Test Summary Report 
  • Summary of results 
  • Identifier 
  • Evaluation
  • Test summary
  • Summary of activities
  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Approval


Written by 

I am a software consultant at knoldus Inc. I have completed my post-graduation from Uttrakhand university. I have some knowledge of core concepts of Manual and Automation Testing and tools such as Postman, Selenium, and Jmeter.