Certified Tester Advanced Level Agile Test Leadership at Scale (MVP) (CTAL-ATLaS)

The ISTQB® Agile Test Leadership at Scale (CTAL-ATLaS) certification focuses on how to organize and improve quality and testing across multiple teams in an agile organization. It also covers how to approach quality and testing at a strategic level in order to achieve higher business agility in an organization. CTAL-ATLaS covers how to scale testing and quality assurance efforts by fostering a quality mindset and culture across the organization. This includes shifting from a traditional test management approach typically used in sequential development models to a quality assistance approach which builds on Lean and Agile principles and values. It also includes how to adopt common Lean and Agile techniques and processes for analyzing and solving problems and how to use them to improve testing and quality in the organization.

As Agile Test Leadership at Scale focuses on the organizational level, it supplements the Advanced Level Agile Technical Tester focusing on technical practices. It also supplements and is complementary to the ISTQB® Advanced Level Test Management certification, which focuses on projects and not on organizational aspects. In addition, Advanced Level Test Management covers traditional approaches and hybrid approaches.

The Advanced Level Agile Test Leadership at Scale certification is aimed at people who work in an organization which is pursuing agility at scale or business agility, and who already understand agile and agile testing. This certification will be a great benefit for people working in roles such as: Test Manager, Head of Testing, Test Analyst, Quality Engineer, Quality Assurance, Quality Coach, Member of an Agile Team, Member of the leader group of multiple Agile Teams, Project Manager, Release Train Engineer, Scrum Master.

To gain this certification candidates must hold a valid Certified Tester Foundation Level certificate, a valid Foundation Level Agile Tester certificate, and have sufficient practical experience. Refer to the relevant Exam Board to determine the specific practical experience criteria.

Exam Structure
question mark iconNo. of Questions:15
question mark iconTotal Points:25
question mark iconPassing Score:17
clock iconExam Length (mins):45 (+25% Non-Native Language)
Business Outcomes

An Agile Test Leadership at Scale certificate holder can:

  • Foster a value-driven quality mindset and culture
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Chapter 1 Quality Assistance

Chapter 1 introduces quality assistance as an approach to quality management that is crucial to developing and sustaining a value-driven organization. It covers how quality assistance as an approach fits with known software testing concepts such as test management, quality control, and quality assurance. Agile Test Leadership at Scale focuses on enabling others in the organization to perform quality and testing responsibilities in order to foster a quality mindset and culture on an organizational level. Therefore, chapter 1 emphasizes 4 important skills to build competencies and scale quality and testing in an organization.

Chapter 2 Improve Quality and Flow in a Value-Driven Organization

Chapter 2 establishes methods to facilitate the identification and optimization of development and operational value streams. It describes what a Value Stream is, the notation used and why it is essential to understand the concepts and thinking behind this Lean methodology. How to analyse a Value stream from a quality and testing perspective is described as well as the key metrics used for analyzing a Value Stream. Improve Quality and Flow in a Value-Driven Organization highlights the elimination of waste. Therefore, chapter 2 focuses on value-adding activities and non-value adding activities.

Chapter 3 Continuous Improvement of Quality and Testing

Chapter 3 builds on the improvement methods established in chapter 2 but now focuses on techniques to support the consistent and sustainable solving of problems. It explores approaches like the PDCA cycle to achieve these objectives and instil an improvement culture in an organization. The chapter introduces systems thinking and root cause analysis as approaches to identify causes of quality and testing issues in value streams. It also covers the technique causal loop diagram. Therefore, chapter 3 expands on understanding problem solving techniques and their consistent application across an organisation.

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Certification

You can now get certified in Agile Test Leadership at Scale which covers the three increments which were published last year. This MVP is now available in the following countries with more to follow:

  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland

For more information on how to get certified contact the local Member Board.

In case the above list of countries does not apply to you please contact your local Member Board to find out when ATLaS will become available near you.

The Future

The ATLaS Task Force is dedicated to continuously improve the ATLaS certification. Come back and check our next increments as they become available.

Download Materials
CTAL ATLaS Syllabus v1.0
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Body of Knowledge
CTAL-ATLaS Body of Knowledge v1.0
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Sample Exams
Sample Exam Questions v1.0
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Sample Exam Answers v1.0
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Exam Structures and Rules
Exam Structures and Rules v1.1
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Exam Structure Tables v1.6
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General Files
CTAL-ATLaS Accreditation Guidelines v1.0
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CTAL-ATLaS Release Notes v1.0
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