Test massively and constantly
To ensure the functional validation of a website or a new version of a mobile app, you need to test, test and test again. The problem is that production testing generates technical restrictions, breaks in the flow of software production. “Developers develop and when the release looks ready, it goes into the hands of the testers who test.
During this period, developers find themselves unable to move forward. Testers, on the other hand, tend to be marginalized within teams and constantly dependent on developers for two reasons: their tests depend on adding new features, and programming automated functional tests requires deciphering keywords and code that only developers control. ” notes Christophe Cressend , co-founder and general manager of Agilitest.
It is on the basis of this postulate and well determined to update the position of testers within the teams that Christophe Cressend and Pierre Huber, then colleagues in a private company – respectively responsible for software validation and responsible for validation tools – decided launch Agilitest in 2017. A BtoB IT solution that promotes collaboration through left shift (Editor’s note: continuous testing).
Agilitest records test scenarios and reproduces them very regularly, allowing testers to identify failures and regressions – i.e. bugs – without interrupting the work of developers, without causing interruptions in the software production flow. Agilitest allows Product Owners, developers and testers to work synergistically on a common interface that provides constant global visibility into software quality and enables a continuous delivery process of new functionality. ” This innovation allows for a reorganization of the teams. It reinstates the issue of testing in development. Testers will create drag-and-drop tests that are robust to software changes that Agilitest will play nightly to detect bugs. Agilitest kills flaky tests (note: a test that gives different results, such as pass or fail, without any modification to the source code) and thus reduces the maintenance burden and costs generated by it by 75%. This gain allows testers to be integrated into multidisciplinary platforms, to discuss head-to-head with developers or functional architects to focus on new features and business testing.. explains Christophe Cressend.
A no-code and open-source solution
Christophe Cressend and Pierre Huber chose not to stay in their comfort zone. “Paying to repeat the tests is the position adopted by all our competitors. This one goes against a regular set of tests that we encourage. That’s why we allow our customers to access the code through a readable, open source language. They are therefore not captive to the solution and can reproduce the tests without necessarily paying for the license.“This strategy sets them apart from the competition and forces the duo to constantly innovate.
The Bordeaux solution is coming at the right time. Agile software development is more popular than ever. Christophe Cressend and Pierre Huber know this and communicate a lot around the corporate culture linked to Agility. “We are seeing significant improvements among our customers and would like to increase communication about these results, in particular the serenity and reassessment of the QA teams..” says Christophe Cressend.
As more and more companies are tackling the issue of well-being at work head-on, Agilitest’s business traction is real. “We have clients in all areas, it is the culture we transmit that attracts them. In fact, we raised almost €2 million a year ago. So far, my main objective is to finalize the company structuring plan and product roadmap to consider a more ambitious next step..” he concludes.