Collaboration is one of the four main actions at the heart of the agile methodology.  Alistair Cockburn, co-author of the Agile Manifesto, recently stated that he thought the Agile methodology had become overly decorated.

“Let’s scrape away those decorations for a minute,” Cockburn said, “and get back to the four actions that are at the heart of Agile, namely, Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect, Improve.”

According to Cockburn, each of these four words unpacks into unendingly complicated skills, actions, tools, and so forth, but it’s important to “fold back up all the nuance and complications…and remind ourselves that these four words are at the heart, spirit, center of Agile.” Testing is an expertise dedicated to reflection and improvement, so it follows that Agile testing, along with collaboration, makes up the spine or backbone of the Agile methodology.