Designed as a very interactive course, participants have the opportunity to discuss and share their experiences with others and to extend their knowledge of testing in agile projects. Practical exercises based on a complete agile life cycle are used to help delegates to put learning and their knowledge in to practice throughout the course.
The course consists of four days in the classroom, where the split is around 50% theory/classroom discussion and 50% practical workshops and team exercises that take delegates through the activities of a typical agile project. The examination takes place on day five.
There are no mandatory pre-requisites for CAT, but we do recommend that participants have some experience of testing as the course assumes some knowledge and will not teach basic testing knowledge, such as fundamentals of testing, test case specification or testing terminology. Ideal candidates are:
- Testing practitioners moving into Agile projects to perform testing activities
- Individuals already performing testing activities in an Agile project who wish to increase their effectiveness
- Individuals who are interested in the testing activities with Agile, such as Managers, SCRUM Masters and Developers.
Those attending the course will be familiar with and have practical experience of the following:
- Basic testing terminology and the activities associated with the fundamental test process
- The differences between functional and non-functional testing, including the concepts of Performance and Usability
- Practical application of the following test design techniques: EP, BVA, State Transition Testing, Decision Table Testing and Exploratory Testing
The objectives of this course are to:
·Understand: To give participants an understanding of the testing role within an Agile project
- Provide: To provide participants with information about Agile projects and how they differ from traditional projects
- Enable: To enable participants to effectively apply practical skills associated with the testing role on an Agile project
- Certify: To enable participants to sit the examination and gain accreditation as a 'Certified Agile Tester'
The course is presented by TSG, the Assurance and Testing Specialists.
To give you more of an idea of what you’ll learn and how the course will help you, here’s a quick guide to those five days.
- History of Agile development
- Agile terminology
- The Agile Manifesto
- Principles of Agile
- Agile methods
- Planning in an Agile environment
- Estimation and strategy
- The developer context
- Testing and retrospectives
- Test driven development
- Test automation
- Non-functional requirements
- Soft skills assessment
- Practical and written examinations
- Daily Scrum
- Soft skills assessment
Yes. The course prepares participants to sit the examination leading to the Certified Agile Tester status awarded by the International Software Quality Institute (iSQI).
The examination contains two separate sections:
·Practical Assessment: This is a two-hour exam in which delegates must demonstrate they have learned and can apply the Agile skills taught in the course
·Written Exam: This is a 2.5 hour based essay based exams where delegates must construct their own answers and solutions to three set scenarios
Participants must achieve the minimum in each part to the exam to pass and be awarded 'Certified Agile Tester' status.
You’ll also be given a comprehensive course manual, containing additional information and guidance on further reading.