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Q1. The SCRUM methodology introduces shortened development cycles. What challenges or opportunities does that introduce to the testing role?

  Scrum methodology is a type of agile software that is responsible for managing the development of software. Scrum methodology is responsible for introducing short development cycles.

  It is responsible for shortening development cycles. Shortened development cycles affect the testing role both negatively and positively. It affects the quality of software testing. When little time is allocated on software testing, then there is a high chance that the quality will be compromised hence poor quality on software testing. It also poses as a risk to agile testing because the time will not be enough to facilitate adequate testing. In order for agile testing to be adequate, enough time should be allocated for the testing process so as to provide quality outcome, however if the time is shortened, the outcome may be inaccurate.

  It may affect testing in that it may cause a critical step to be skipped. All the steps in the testing process are critical therefore must be followed. Nonetheless, shortened development cycles may cause one of the critical steps in the testing process to be skipped.

  Despite these challenges, there are also benefits that are associated with this development cycles. Shortened development cycles may enhance integration in agile testing. This is because when the development cycle is short, it enables the software to change on a continuous basis thus enhances integration (Rubin, 2012).


  1. Rubin, K. S. (2012). Essential Scrum: A practical guide to the most popular Agile process. Addison-Wesley.

Q2. Post at least one reply to a colleague's post - 200 words or less

  • What are the skills necessary to be an effective Project Manager? How important is it for a project manager running an IT project to have technical skills in technology being used in the project they are running? Explain and elaborate.

The main responsibilities of a project manager are to plan, organize and execute the projects assigned to them. It is necessary for them to have a proper knowledge in the domain they are working on. IT project managers should be well versed with the technologies used in the project for a smooth functioning of the project and to overcome the hurdles. Project Managers should closely watch and update the team about any changes or advances. Project Managers should also keep a track on the internal and external changes in the organization to make the team withstand any sudden changes and contribute to their development. Managers should provide the team with proper training. Hence, it is very important for an IT project manager to be technically sound.

The skills required for a project manager are:

  • Effective Communication: Effectively communicating the views, ideas and opinions to the team without any misinterpretations.
  • Leadership Qualities: Leadership qualities are defined by ones ideologies and the way of working.  One of the main qualities a leader should possess is to have a clear a view on the vision and the path to achieve it.
  • Team Management: This includes maintaining a relation with the team members, resolving their grievance, providing proper training, guidance in their career development and providing opportunities for their growth.
  • Delegation: The process of placing the right person for the right job to complete their duties successfully.
  • Risk Management: A manager should be ready to take up any challenges or risks and withstand them.
  • Personal Organization: An effective manager should be able to keep his/her personal life distinct from the professional life.
  • Unbiased: Managers should not be partial towards anybody in the team. As no one is less or more.
  • Time Management: Time management is a crucial part of the project as most projects or tasks are time bound and have a deadline.
  • Optimism: Managers should face the challenges with a positive attitude to attain better results.
  •  Interpersonal Skills: Effective way of interacting, motivating and inspiring team members will eventually help them in achieving the goals set.
  •  Approachable: An affective manager should always be approachable to discuss issues in the organization.


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