Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory propose the following ten principles for agile testers:
- Provide continuous feedback
- Deliver value to the customer
- Enable face-to-face communication
- Have courage
- Keep it simple
- Practice continuous improvement
- Respond to change
- Focus on people
I believe that these principles are relevant to all testers, not just agile testers.
Lisa & Janet define an agile tester as:
"a professional tester who embraces change, collaborates well with both technical and business people, and understands the concept of using tests to document requirements and drive development."
Again, this isn't unique to agile testing. In my mind, all the high expectations we have of agile testers should also be applied to any tester.
Why have lower standards for testers not involved in agile software development?
Reference: Agile Testing – A Practical Guide by Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory