You’re missing the point — QA, Testing and Agile

  • What it commonly means — kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of.
  • What it actually means — kill one in every ten of (a group of people, originally a mutinous Roman legion) as a punishment for the whole group.

What is QA, Testing & Agile?

Misinterpreting Agile

Sprint Team

  • Use specialist skills across Sprints
  • Use ‘slack’ to deepen specialist skills
  • Use ‘slack’ to refactor

QA vs. Testing

  1. Much like with the database specialists, rather than seeing testing as a specialist skill, they believed that having multi-functional developers meant that all developers can make good testers.
  2. If everyone is responsible for QA, and testers are only responsible for QA, then ergo, everyone else can do the QA role. Thus there is no longer a need for testers.
“Testers only do QA”

Where now?



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