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Projects that use agile have small, multidisciplinary teams. When every discipline has its own specialist in the team, the team becomes bigger and bigger leading to more communication, coordination and more need for documentation. Combining programming and testing is not a wise decision but combining requirements engineering and testing is very well possible. It even turns out that a lot of communication, documentation and coordination is not necessary. So a lot of time and effort can be saved. During his presentation Jan Jaap tells why testers are excellent requirements engineers (and vice versa) and what the advantages of combining requirements engineering and testing can be. He also addresses what testers should do to get this combined role. With agile becoming more and more popular this can be a possible future for testers.
The idea of combining requirements engineering and testing started with a vision. By now we have enough practical experience to show that is actually works! During the presentation Jan Jaap shares vision and practical experiences.