Agile-Testers as the Trojan Horse in Traditional Development Projects!

Trojan-horse-001As we all know, many projects are still carried out with a traditional development approach. Why is it that people don’t question the persistent idea that the agile mindset is not miscible with traditional ideas? I think, and have seen it work in practice, that agile ideas are very useful for the traditional environments, especially  in solution to the challenges mentioned in the next section.

In traditional development approaches there are similar challenges as in agile approaches. However, in agile approaches we have found a solution to these challenges. Why not spread these solutions to other types of development approaches? Based on experiences as an agile-tester in agile projects, you would know how to apply agile solutions to challenges in traditional environments.  Challenges include: what should the level of documentation be, how to establish the quality of requirements, how to perform a risk analysis, how to determine a test strategy, how to get the tests scripts created on time, which test design technique should (must) be applied, what should the test intensity be, how to get the tests executed on time, how to work in a (multi-disciplinary) team, how to deal with test plans and defect management, etc.

So let us, the agile-testers, act as Trojan Horses in traditional development projects. That way the agile mindset will thrive in all type of development approaches.  Agile rules the world!  🙂

Leo van der Aalst


Leo has over thirty years of IT- experience in waterfall, hybrid and agile environments, especially in environments such as agile, scrum (since 2005), DevOps, SAFe and Spotify. As an agile coach, Leo has provided training and workshops to more than 350 agile teams in the Netherlands and abroad and as a change manager he has guided organizations in the transition to working agile. In addition, he is a much sought-after speaker and trainer, and co-author of five books on software quality.

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