Working with frequently changing requirements



  • How Software Testing Engineer should act in environment where requirements are very frequently changing? Big tasks appear suddenly so tester doesn't perform them in a proper way. Developers do what wasn't expected and stories are done just before demo. How processes are usually fixed?



  • Frustratingly, dealing with vague requirements is a regular occurrence in software development and testing -- it's also a regular interview question (especially in faster-paced, Agile companies).

    Testers are often seen as the gatekeepers of quality and, whilst it can be difficult at first, you need to learn to say no when necessary.

    Developers not doing what wasn't expected? Send it back and ask for clarification. Developers not unit testing before sending it to you? Don't test the changes until they have tested (and passed) it first. Stories developed minutes before a demo? Re-schedule the demo and ask for a walk-through before you can present it.

    Processes can't be fixed over night, but give it some time, be patient, be persistent... and it'll all fall in to place eventually.



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