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What is Agile Testing? (Markus Gärtner)

On February 17, 2014, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing
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While I was cleaning u my bag that I carry around with on various travels, I found the following notes. They were part of my introduction for the keynote at the Agile Testing Days 2012 in Potsdam, Germany. My talk was on “adaptation and Improvisation”, drawing an analogy from the famous geek movie “The Matrix”. I wanted to keep these notes somewhere. That’s why I decided to put them up on my blog. Hope you like it. Imagine Morpheus’ and Trinitiy’s voice.

I don’t know if you’re ready to see what I want to show you. But unfortunately you and I have run out of time.

Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know, you can’t explain. But you feel it. You felt it your entire life. That there is something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there. Like a splinter in your mind driving you mad. It’S this feeling that brought you here.

It’S the question that drives us. It’s the question that brought you here. You know the question… just as I did:

Whats it Agile Testing?

The answer is out there, and it will find you, if you let it to.

Agile Testing is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window, or when you turn on your monitor. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to lunch, when you pay your technical debt. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

What truth?

That you are a slave. Like everyone else you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind.

Unfortunately no one can be told what Agile Testing is. You have to see it for yourself.

What is Agile Testing? Control.

Remember, rules, some of them can be bet. Others can be broken.

Like any rules, all good rules should not be applied with unthinking faith.

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