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 van der Aalst is Dutch and studied chemistry, mathematics, physics and biology. However, he switched over to IT almost thirty years ago. After having gone through the classic IT path - from programmer to program manager - he became a specialist in the testing area, in which he held functions such as test manager, test advisor, research & development manager, line manager and agile coach. Leo applied his knowledge and experience in the project- and test management field during a number of international projects and consultancy trajectories (in USA, Germany, Denmark and Austria). He also likes to share his knowledge with other people by writing books and articles, and giving presentations en workshops. Leo is co-author of TMap NEXT® for result-driven testing, TMap NEXT® Business Driven Test Management, TMap® Human Driven and TMap NEXT® in scrum books. He has written many articles (e.g. ‘Software Testing as a Service - STaaS’), which can be found through his website ( Leo is past professor Software Quality at Fontys University Eindhoven in the Netherlands, a much sought-after teacher of test training and a regular speaker at national and international conferences. Leo is an accredited trainer for courses as Certified Agile Tester (CAT), ISTQB Agile-Tester and TMap Suite Test Engineer and Test Master. Besides all this, Leo is development lead of the ISTQB Foundation and Advanced Agile-Tester Syllabi - which are chaired by Rex -, member of the programme committee of the (Dutch) National Software Quality Conference, fellow of SogetiLabs and member of Capgemini Expert Connect.

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