team that is building quality in avoids working in miniature waterfalls. There are no distinct analysis, design, coding, or testing phases within a sprint. Testers (and programmers and other specialists) are as busy on the first day of a sprint as they are on the last. The type of work may differ between the first and last day of a sprint. For example, testers may be specifying test cases and preparing test data on the first day and then executing automated tests on the last, but they are equally busy throughout.
About the Author Mike Cohn is the founder of Mountain Goat Software, where he teaches and coaches on Scrum and agile development. He is the author of Succeeding with Agile: Software Development with Scrum, Agile Estimating and Planning, and User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development. Mike is a founding member of the Scrum Alliance and the Agile Alliance. He can be reached at www.mountaingoatsoftware.com.
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