ISTQB Agile Tester Certification

ISTQB agile testing certification ISTQB Agile Tester Certification

If you are an interested in obtaining more information about the ISTQB Agile Tester Certification, you have come to the right place.   Most projects today have moved from Waterfall to Agile, so it is important that you have the right information to leverage best practices when testing on an Agile project.   Once you understand Agile concepts and how testing should really be done, you can provide some tremendous education to your peers and other agile team members.

The certification for ISTQB Agile Tester Certification is designed for professionals who are working within Agile.  It is also for professionals who are planning to start implementing Agile methods in the near future, or are working within companies that plan to do so, The certification provides an advantage for those who would like to know the required Agile activities, roles, methods, and methodologies specific to their role.

The ISTQB Agile Tester Certification qualification is aimed at four main groups of professionals:

1. Professionals who have achieved in-depth testing experience in traditional methods and would like to get an Agile Tester Certificate.

2. Junior professional testers who are just starting in the testing profession, have received the Foundation Level certificate, and would like to know more about the tester’s role in an Agile environment.

3. Professionals who are relatively new to testing and are required to implement test approaches, methods and techniques in their day to day job in Agile projects.

4. Professionals who are experienced in their role (including unit testing) and need more understanding and knowledge about how to perform and manage testing on all levels in Agile projects.

These professionals include people who are in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers, and software developers. This ISTQB Agile Tester Certification may also be appropriate for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of software testing in the Agile world, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors, and management consultants

Prerequisite:  You must have the ISTQB CTFL Foundation Level certification

Exam: 1 hour with 40 multiple choice questions

Pass Rate: 65%

Exam Registration:  Click here to register for the ISTQB Agile Tester Certification exam.

Exam Cost: $199 USD

Recommended Book:  Agile Testing Foundations: An ISTQB Foundation Level Agile Tester guide

Syllabus:  In order to pass the exam, you must study the syllabus and understand the material.  Click here to download the syllabus.

Sample Exam:  It is always a great idea to review the sample exams so that you can get familiar with the types of questions that you will see on the test.  The more questions you can review, the more confident and prepared you will be for your exam.  Click here for sample questions and click here for sample answers.

Outline:  Here is a basic outline of the material you must know in order to successfully pass the ISTQB Agile Tester Certification exam.

Chapter 1: Agile Software Development

 The tester should remember the basic concept of Agile software development based on the Agile Manifesto.

 The tester should understand the advantages of the whole-team approach and the benefits of early and frequent feedback.

 The tester should recall Agile software development approaches.

 The tester should be able to write testable user stories in collaboration with developers and business representatives.

 The tester should understand how retrospectives can be used as a mechanism for process improvement in Agile projects.

 The tester should understand the use and purpose of continuous integration.

 The tester should know the differences between iteration and release planning, and how a tester adds value in each of these activities.

Chapter 2: Fundamental Agile Testing Principles, Practices, and Processes

 The tester should be able to describe the differences between testing activities in Agile projects and non-Agile projects.

 The tester should be able to describe how development and testing activities are integrated in Agile projects.

 The tester should be able to describe the role of independent testing in Agile projects.

 The tester should be able to describe the tools and techniques used to communicate the status of testing in an Agile project, including test progress and product quality.

 The tester should be able to describe the process of evolving tests across multiple iterations and explain why test automation is important to manage regression risk in Agile projects.

 The tester should understand the skills (people, domain, and testing) of a tester in an Agile team.

 The tester should be able to understand the role of a tester within an Agile team.

Chapter 3: Agile Testing Methods, Techniques, and Tools

 The tester should be able to recall the concepts of test-driven development, acceptance testdriven development, and behavior-driven development.

 The tester should be able to recall the concepts of the test pyramid.

 The tester should be able to summarize the testing quadrants and their relationships with testing levels and testing types.

 For a given Agile project, the tester should be able to work as a tester in a Scrum team.

 The tester should be able to assess quality risks within an Agile project.

 The tester should be able to estimate testing effort based on iteration content and quality risks.

 The tester should be able to interpret relevant information to support testing activities.

 The tester should be able to explain to business stakeholders how to define testable acceptance criteria.

 Given a user story, the tester should be able to write acceptance test-driven development test cases.

 For both functional and non-functional behavior, the tester should be able to write test cases using black box test design techniques based on given user stories.

 The tester should be able to perform exploratory testing to support the testing of an Agile project.

 The tester should be able to recall different tools available to testers according to their purpose and to activities in Agile projects.

I hope this information has been helpful.   I wish you the best of luck as you prepare and pass your ISTQB Agile Tester Certification!

 

 

 

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Why are ISTQB Software Testing Certifications Important?

I firmly believe that ISTQB Software Testing Certifications are extremely important.  As both a QA professional and QA hiring manager they are tools I have used to both learn more and evaluate future and current employees.  As a hiring manager, it shows me that individuals are willing to invest time and effort and are committed to the software testing profession.  I know the effort and commitment that it takes personally since I have two ISTQB certifications currently.   If I have to evaluate two candidates who have a similar background, but one has an ISTQB test certification, that will usually be the separating factor with my hiring process.

ISTQB Software Testing Certifications

There are several ISTQB software testing certifications.   The nice thing I like about ISTQB, is that they do an excellent job about laying out the different types of software testing certifications and the paths to go from the basic ISTQB Foundation level certification to the ISTQB Expert Test Manager certification.   Here is more details about the specific software testing certifications:

  • ISTQB Foundation Level:   The Foundation Level qualification is aimed at professionals who need to demonstrate practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts of software testing. This includes people in roles such as test designers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and IT Professionals.   The Foundation Level qualification is also appropriate for anyone who needs a basic understanding of software testing, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors and management consultants.
  • ISTQB Agile Tester Extension:  Agile testing is a relatively new approach to software testing that follows the principles of agile software development as outlined in the Agile Manifesto.   A tester on an Agile project will work differently than one working on a traditional project. Testers must understand the values and principles that underpin Agile projects, and how testers are an integral part of a whole-team approach together with developers and business representatives. There is a lot of confusion concerning agile testing – which means there’s an educational opportunity as well. The Agile Extension will give the tester the knowledge to be part of agile testing teams and achieve high performance.
  • ISTQB Model Based Tester Extension:  Model-based testing is an innovative test approach to improve effectivity and efficiency of the test process. A model-based tester on a project uses models to drive test analysis and design, and keeps advantage of the models for other testing activities such as test implementation and reporting. ISTQB® Model-Based Tester certification complements the core foundation level as a specialist module. It provides a practical and easy entry to the MBT approach.
  • ISTQB Advanced Level:  The Advanced Level qualification is aimed at people who have achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing. This includes people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers. This Advanced Level qualification is also appropriate for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of software testing, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors and management consultants. To receive Advanced Level certification, candidates must hold the Foundation Certificate and satisfy the Exam Board which examines them that they have sufficient practical experience to be considered Advanced Level qualified.
  • ISTQB Expert Level:  The Expert Level extends the knowledge and experience obtained at the Advanced Level by providing in-depth, practically-oriented certifications in a range of different testing subjects. With Expert Level ISTQB® offers career paths for testers with clearly defined business outcomes.

Hopefully this information on ISTQB Software Testing Certifications has been helpful.  Please consider taking one or many of these certifications to help you land to increase your career opportunities or land your next dream job.

 

5 Steps to Increase Your Career Opportunities

career opportunitiesIn today’s job market, it is important that you do everything you can to expand your career opportunities.  As as hiring manager, I know how challenging the competition is and the lengths that potential employees are going to in order to land their dream job.  Here 5 steps you can take to compete with your peers.

  1.  Create a Killer Resume

It is important that you periodically update your resume.  This will help you remember important things that you have done within your current positions.  It really helps if you can provide specific metrics.  If you have saved the company money through test automation, you should quantify those numbers.  In addition to keeping your resume current, it is critical to have an outstanding design.  After all, you need to be able to separate yourself from the competition.  I believe it is worth it to pay someone to update your resume, it will pay off in multiple dividends when you land your next job.  This is the first step that I recommend in expanding your career opportunities.

2.  Build Your LinkedIn Network

It is critical that you spend significant time building your network.  LinkedIn makes it relatively easy to stay connected with your network.  I recommend keeping your network current.  You never know when you see a dream job where one of your network connections works.  It makes it a lot easier to get the initial interview, when you have an internal connection.  You also need to do a good job if you have worked somewhere previously, so they can provide a credible reference.  Nobody wants to recommend someone who has the potential to damage your reputation at the company where they currently work.  Facts indicate that having a strong network will greatly increase your chances of landing your next job.  This is the second step that I recommend in expanding your career opportunities.

3.  Increase Your Technical Skills

As career opportunities increase, it is important to keep your technical skills updated.  Chances are when you move to a new job, you will need to learn new skills.  Those skills can be soft skills such as presentations or management or they can be technical skills such as learning a new application such as PowerPoint or Visio.  For technical skills there are many online training options available such as: Lynda, Udemy, and Coursera.

4.  Get More Education

There are many jobs which require certain degrees.  If you are looking for a job in counseling, it will often require at least a masters degree.  If you are planning on being a professor, they will require a doctorate.  If you are in business, an MBA will be preferred.  While in some jobs it may not be required, it will certainly be a plus and will increase your chances to boost your career opportunities.  As a hiring manager, since I have multiple degrees, I will lean towards someone who has advanced degrees since I know the amount of money, time, and effort that is involved.

5. Get Technical Certifications

If you are in IT, I get asked this question a lot.  Is a software test certification worthwhile.  My answer is simply yes.  I have two ISTQB software testing certifications, and I am glad I have them.  While it is often not required, it does help.  It takes money, time, and effort to get them, but they do help.  Not only does it separate me from the competition, it increases my knowledge on software testing.

I hope these steps will greatly increase your chances at your next career opportunities.

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