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The 10 Year anniversary of the Agile Testing Manifesto

WOW! A decade ago we were inspired by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory on the topic of Agile Testing. To make it memorable memorable and so we came up with the Agile Testing Manifesto. We had no idea it would resonate with so many people! It’s been translated into 6 different languages that we know of, but maybe even more.

We first created it as a summary slide of our key points in a talk we gave at Agile Africa in 2013. Since then it’s been referenced numerous times, we wrote book featuring it, and the image has gone through a few versions over this decade – here is a quick stroll down memory lane.

The original testing manifesto from in 2013

The first version was nothing more than a handwritten slide!

Original Testing Manifesto

A hand drawn update to the testing manifesto in 2015

We then made it a little nicer and easier to translate…

A big thank you to our translators:

French version by Fabrice Aimetti
Dutch version by Pieter Versteijnen

Ukranian version by Victoria Slinyavchuk
Russian version by Victoria Slinyavchuk

Brazilian Portugese version by Elias Nogueira
Spanish version by  Ángel Águeda

If you know of other translations, please let us know in the comments.

A new testing manifesto for 2023

After 10 years is there anything we would change? No. Well actually we made one very small wording change, but it was mostly to make it fit better into an image. Can you find it? Let us know in the comments!

Everything is still valid, and on most teams, sadly still missing. So, we have revamped the design with some help from Talia (@SketchingMaster). You can download a PDF of this new poster using the form at the bottom of the page. Let’s hope we see more teams embracing this manifesto in the next decade!

The agile Testing Manifesto

A Ready to Use Workshop!

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary and of spreading the agile testing mindset – we packaged together a 90 minute workshop for you to run with your teams. This is the first workshop in our new Ready to Use workshop series. We hope this series will be as successful and useful to coaches as our Coach’s Guide book series. The Ready to Use Workshop is designed for remote facilitation, and comes with a full facilitation guide, a mural board template and a great new experiential online game “Testing Tetris” to let your teams experience the difference between testing at the end and testing early and often!

Get your copy of the manifesto poster

20 thoughts on “The 10 Year anniversary of the Agile Testing Manifesto”

  1. Could you please explain the 3rd point “testing understanding over checking functionality”? I’m not sure what do you mean by this.

    Thanks for interesting initiative!

    1. Hi Tomek

      What we mean is that testers shouldn’t spend their time checking that the application works as expected. Automated tests are much better for this. Instead they should focus more on making sure that everyone understands what the customer actually needs and how it should work before any code is written.


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  5. In due time, you may determine that the word “Testing” in the title is rather limiting. Maybe consider something more broad, like “The Quality Assurance” manifesto.

    1. Hi Luther, thanks for your comment, however I’m not a big fan of the term quality assurance since in my experience that is actually about compliance with a process rather than evaluating fit for purpose.

  6. I would change 3rd one into:

    System understanding OVER checking functionality

    I think it better explains the meat – you really need to understand the system to be able to put into place good approaches (manual or automated) to improve quality of it.

  7. Hi Karen & the Growing Agile team,

    As a tester in Waterfall, RUP and Agile environments, I just love the Testing Manifesto. It just words plain and simple a great testing approach.

    With kind regards,

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  14. Hi, thanks a lot for the manifesto and the translation into french.
    I would replace “plus que” by “plutôt que” 😉

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