Is there a place for QA in an agile world?

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    Ronan Healy

    Is there a role for the traditional Quality Assurance process with requirements, test cases, bug counts and all that entails in the Agile world? There was a question on Quora about this recently.

    Agile has changed the way testing is done and it does seem that it is gaining in popularity all the time. But those this mean that we can leave traditional QA behind or can that only happen, as one Quora user suggested if all risk is removed.



    Quality Assurance (QA) is a seperate field compared to testing. Many confuse the two, and in some contexts QA is the label for the testers. Old discussion really – see by @michaelabolton

    Does testing have a role in agile software development – yes. That’s the whole trend of shift-left.
    Does QA have a role in agile software development – yes, if Quality Assurance is required in the context*, yes.
    (*: regulated industries – banking, pharma, gaming way very well require QA, Quality Control and validation activities for compliance).

    All risks can never be removed. Known risks can be handled (or even ignored) – unknown risks will always happen.

    Andra Necula

    “Quality Assurance (QA) is a separate field compared to testing.”
    I understand this, but can anyone explain me in details about QA?
    What supposes to do a QA engineer?

    Best regards!


    QA vs QC:
    QA outside software:

    A QA engineer is probably a Test Engineer, in a company where testing is called QA.


    About 88% of the organizations responding to a Version One “State of Agile Development” survey in 2013 confirmed that they were practicing agile development and that number has only gone up since. Agile, obviously, is defined by an approach of short sprints, iterative development and short release cycles. According to me agile still is very important from testing point of view. Here is a blog that describes automation in context with agile @

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