Expert Level Syllabus - Test Automation - Engineering Version 2014 is available

The ISTQB® General Assembly meeting of London on 4 July approved Expert Level Syllabus - Test Automation - Engineering Version 2014 to be released. Download Syllabus and other available documents 

ISTQB® is happy to welcome CitelGroup to its Partner program!

CitelGroup has joined the program at the Silver partnership level. 

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The ISTQB® General Assembly meeting of London on 4 July approved ISTQB® Glossary Version 2.4. to be released

The ISTQB® General Assembly meeting of London on 4 July approved ISTQB® Glossary Version 2.4. to be released. Download Glossary and other available documents 

ISTQB® is happy to welcome Business Partner Technologies S.A. to its Partner program!

 Business Partner Technologies S.A. has joined the program at the Silver partnership level. 

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Welcome Azerbaijan!

The General Assembly meeting of London 4 July approved the admission of Azerbaijan as a new ISTQB® member. Find the ISTQB® Board closest to you

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ISTQB® is happy to welcome Mindfire Solutions to its Partner program!

Mindfire Solutions has joined the program at the Gold partnership level. 

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Welcome Morocco!

The General Assembly meeting of London 4 July approved the admission of Morocco as a new ISTQB® member. Find the ISTQB® Board closest to you 

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Are you testing in Kanban?

Kanban features some similarities to Scrum. In both frameworks, visualizing the active tasks (e.g., on a public whiteboard) provides transparency of content and progress of tasks. Tasks not yet scheduled are waiting in a backlog and moved onto the Kanban board as soon as there is new space (production capacity) available. Iterations or sprints are optional in Kanban. The Kanban process allows releasing its deliverables item by item, rather than as part of a release. Timeboxing as a synchronizing mechanism, therefore, is optional, unlike in Scrum, which synchronizes all tasks within a sprint. (*On Chapter 1.2 Aspects of Agile Approaches in Foundation Level Agile Tester Extension).

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Tell us about your experiences about testing in Kanban and leave your comment under this topic.

*Foundation Level Agile Tester Extension has been released. Download Syllabus and all related documents 

ISTQB® is happy to welcome Vodafone International Services to its Partner program!

Vodafone International Services has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. See http://www.vodafone.com/

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Challenges in Cloud Testing?

Testing through the cloud expands the reach of testing across geographical locations, with potentially limitless testing capability. With all these benefits come some additional challenges. From the testing point of view, what are these challenges? Leave your comment under this topic

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ISTQB® is happy to welcome Almaviva to its Partner program!

Almaviva joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. 

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What is your Testing Strategy for Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment. According to Gartner, Inc. The Internet of Things (IoT), which excludes PCs, tablets and smartphones, will grow to 26 billion units installed in 2020 representing an almost 30-fold increase from 0.9 billion in 2009. Due to complexity this is challenging for testing point of view.

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There are lots of interconnected systems that are not under your control. As a tester, what is your Testing Strategy for testing in IoT? How to test there?

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Ref. http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2636073 

ISTQB® is happy to welcome TestPro for Software Testing Services, LP to its Partner program!

TestPro for Software Testing Services, LP has joined the program at the Silver partnership level.

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ISTQB® is happy to welcome Unicus AS. to its Partner program!

Unicus AS has joined the program at the Silver partnership level.

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Tester, are you playing an important role in the retrospectives?

Testers should play an important role in the retrospectives, and test activities should be examined in the retrospectives. Testers are part of the team and bring their unique perspective (*On Chapter 1.2.3 Retrospectives in Foundation Level Agile Tester Extension).

Tell us about your experiences about retrospectives from the point of view of testing and leave your comment under this topic https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140723100051-137932239-tester-are-you-playing-an-important-role-in-the-retrospectives 

*Foundation Level Agile Tester Extension has been released. Download Syllabus and all related documents

 

FiSTB TESTING ASSEMBLY 25.9.2014 - Agile Testing: the current state and future

FiSTB organizes third annual FiSTB Testing Assembly on Thursday 25.9.2014 in Hotel Presidentti, Helsinki. Seminar is free for FiSTB- and TestausOSY/FAST-members and for the ones that have ISTQB/ISEB certificate. For others the registration fee is 100€. Click here for the registration to the seminar (DL 7.9.2014). See more information about the conference

Agile Tester Foundation Extension has been released!

As part of its ongoing commitment to advancing the software testing profession, the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) is proud to announce the release of the Agile Tester Foundation Extension. These days all software testing professionals need to be familiar with the values and principles that underpin agile projects and this is why the new module has been created as an optional extension to the Foundation level. Download Syllabus and all related documents in here

ISTQB® is happy to welcome Choucair Cardenas Testing S.A. to its Partner program!

Choucair Cardenas Testing S.A. has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. See www.choucairtesting.com

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ISTQB® is happy to welcome Capgemini Italia SpA to its Partner program!

Capgemini Italia SpA has joined the program at the Gold partnership level. See www.it.capgemini.com/

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ISTQB® goes agile!

The certification for Foundation Level Extension – Agile Tester is designed for professionals who are working within Agile environments. 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. Foundation Level Agile Tester Extension will be released soon. Stay tuned and visit www.istqb.org

In Chapter 3.1.1 in Agile Tester Extension: Acceptance Test-Driven Development

Acceptance Test-Driven Development

Acceptance test-driven development [Adzic09], like test-driven development, is also based on the test first concept. It defines acceptance criteria and tests early in the development process during the creation of the user story (see Section 1.2.2). Acceptance test-driven development is a collaborative approach that allows every stakeholder to understand how the software component has to behave and what the developers, testers, and business representatives need to ensure this behavior.

The following is a typical acceptance test-driven development cycle:

  1. The whole team defines tests that simulate intended behavior
  2. Testers and/or developers create automated acceptance tests with test tools
  3. Developers program the intended behavior
  4. Testers and/or developers run the automated acceptance tests

Acceptance test-driven development creates reusable tests for regression testing. Specific tools support creation and execution of such tests, often within the continuous integration process. These tools can connect to data and service layers of the application. This allows tests to be executed at the system or acceptance level, in the appropriate test environments. Acceptance test-driven development allows quick resolution of defects and validation of feature behavior. It helps determine if the acceptance criteria are met for the feature. Acceptance test-driven development facilitates the use of external testing teams to perform functional testing.

The text above is a sample from the upcoming Agile Tester Extension that will be released soon. Visit www.istqb.org to get latest information.

ISTQB® International Software Testing Excellence Award - Nominate your choice!

ISTQB® has launched the ISTQB® International Software Testing Excellence Award, an annual prize that is given for outstanding contributions to the field of software quality. Anyone can make a nomination for the Award, which recognises innovation, research, and the promotion of the software testing profession. Nominate your choice for the International Software Testing Excellence Award before the 16th of August. See more information in http://awards.istqb.org/

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ISTQB® has issued 320,000 certifications in 70 countries world-wide

As of September 2013, ISTQB® has issued 320,000 certifications in 70 countries world-wide, with a growth rate of more than 12,000 certifications per quarter. The scheme relies on a Body of Knowledge (Syllabi and Glossary) and exam rules that are applied consistently all over the world, with exams and supporting material being available in many languages. See more facts & figures 

ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey 2013-14

According to the ISTQB® Effectiveness survey approximately 70% of survey participants attribute a significant part of their certification success to the courses they undertook from accredited training providers. See the full report 

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ISTQB® Effectiveness survey

According to the ISTQB® Effectiveness survey there is strong demand for Agile certification throughout the world and across all major industries.

See the full report 

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Find out about ISTQB® certifications …in a Nutshell!

This short presentation answers questions including: what is the ISTQB®? how many questions are there in an Advanced Test Manager exam? what is an "Extension"?

"ISTQB® in a Nutshell" is available for download at the following page: www.istqb.org/about-istqb/istqb-slides 

ISTQB® welcomes KEREVAL to its Partner program!

KEREVAL has joined the program at the Gold partnership level.

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ISTQB® Effectiveness survey

According to the ISTQB® Effectiveness survey the new Expert Level certifications are generating a significant amount of interest. See the full report.

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ISTQB® welcomes Systech Limited to its Partner program!

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Systech Limited has joined the program at the Silver partnership level. 

 

 

ISTQB® welcomes Advanze Consulting Group to its Partner program!

Advanze Consulting Group has joined the program at the Silver partnership level. See http://www.advanze.se

ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey

According to the ISTQB® Effectiveness survey the ISTQB® Foundation Level certification exams are seen as providing a reliable assessment of candidate knowledge. See the full report here.

ISTQB® Expert Level Syllabus Test Automation engineering

The ISTQB® General Assembly meeting of San Francisco on 28 March approved the ISTQB® Expert Level Syllabus Test Automation engineering, version Beta 2014 to be released.

ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey

According to the ISTQB® Effectiveness survey Test Engineers and Test Managers alike are highly satisfied with the ISTQB® CTFL certifications and happy to recommend these to their colleagues.
See the full report here

Release of the ISTQB® “Standard Glossary of Testing terms”, version 2.3

The ISTQB® General Assembly meeting of San Francisco on 28 March approved the ISTQB® Glossary Version 2.3 to be released.

ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey

According to the ISTQB® Effectiveness survey the majority of Test Managers believe that participating in the ISTQB® certification scheme will positively impact testing quality in their projects and will enable them to provide a positive career path to their employees. See the full report here

Welcome Ethiopia!

The ISTQB® General Assembly meeting of San Francisco on 28 March approved the admission of Ethiopia as a new ISTQB® Member.

ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey

According to the ISTQB® Effectiveness survey approximately 70% of Test Managers consider it important to obtain Advanced Level certifications, and this opinion is shared by 63% of Test Engineers. See the full report.

In Chapter 3.1.4 in Agile Tester Extension: The Role of a Tester Teamwork

Teamwork is a fundamental principle in Agile development. Agile emphasizes the whole-team approach consisting of developers, testers, and business representatives working together. The following are team organizational and behavioral best practices in Scrum teams:de in the team, how to organize themselves and how to divide their work. There could be teams with only developers (also doing all their needed testing), only one tester, or two or more dedicated testers. It is an advantage having two or more testers as they can work more efficiently together in so called “pair testing”.

  • Cross-functional: The team works efficiently together on the test strategy, test planning, test specification, test execution, test evaluation, and test results reporting.
  • Self-organizing: The team may consist only of programmers, but, as noted in Section 2.1.5, ideally there would be one, two, or more testers. It is an advantage to have two or more testers, as they can do pair testing.
  • Collocated: Testers sit together with the programmers and the product owner.
  • Collaborative: Testers collaborate with their team members, other teams, the stakeholders, the product owner, and the scrum master.
  • Empowered: Technical decisions regarding design and testing are made by the team as a whole (programmers, testers, and scrum master), in collaboration with the product owner and other teams if needed.
  • Committed: The tester is committed to question and evaluate the product's behavior and characteristics, with respect to the expectations and needs of the customers and users.
  • Transparent: Programming and testing progress is visible on the Agile task board (see Section 2.2.1).
  • Credible: The tester must ensure the credibility of the strategy for testing, its implementation, and execution, otherwise the stakeholders will not trust the test results. This is often done by providing information to the stakeholders about the testing process.
  • Open to feedback: Feedback is an important aspect of being successful in any project, especially in Agile projects. Retrospectives allow teams to learn from successes and from failures.
  • Resilient: Testing must be able to respond to change, like all other activities in Agile projects.

    These best practices maximize the likelihood of successful testing in Scrum projects.

The text above is a sample from the upcoming Agile Tester Extension that will be released in early 2014. Please note that Agile Tester Extension is in its Beta phase, which means that its content may change. Visit www.istqb.org to get latest information.

In Chapter 3.1.2 in Agile Tester Extension: Recall the concepts of the Test Pyramid

A software system can and has to be tested on different levels of abstraction. Typical such levels are (see [ISTQB Foundation Level Syllabus, 2011, Chapter 2.2]): Component Testing, Integration Testing and System Testing. These levels of abstraction exist for every product/system, regardless whether the system was or is build following a traditional development model or an agile development approach. As a result a project team creates and maintains test cases on each of these levels. The interfaces to be called or stimulated by a specific test case can look quite different depending on the test level of the specific test case. So if a test case is automated the test tool in use must be appropriate for the level specific test interface. Usually component and integration level tests are automated using so called 'Unit Testing Frameworks' (see [Meszaros 07]). On system level functional tests are often automated using so called 'GUI-Testing Tools' to simulate interactions of a system end user with the system via the systems Graphical User Interface (GUI). But depending on the systems technical architecture and the test type (e.g. performance test) it could be necessary or possible to execute a system level test case via the systems API (e.g. a service API) rather than via its GUI and thus to automate such test cases using a specialized testing tool (e.g. for performance testing) or even to use a Unit Testing Framework (interfacing the system level API).

The text above is a sample from the upcoming Agile Tester Extension that will be released in early 2014. Please note that Agile Tester Extension is in its alpha phase, which means that its content may change. Visit www.istqb.org to get latest information.

ISTQB® welcomes Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy to its Partner program!

Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. 

ISTQB® community wishes you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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ISTQB® welcomes Q-leap S.A. to its Partner program!

Q-leap S.A. has joined the program at the Silver partnership level. 

In Chapter 3.1.1 in Agile Tester Extension: Test Driven Development

Test Driven Development (TDD) is more a development technique than a test technique. A developer may perform low level testing using the Test Driven Development, while a tester or product owner performs high level testing using Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD). Behavior Driven Development (BDD) can include both low level and high level tests.

Test Driven Development

Test driven development is a technique used to develop code guided by automated test cases. It is also known as test first programming, since test cases are written before the code. Test driven development includes:

  • Add a test that captures the programmer’s concept of the desired functioning of a small piece of code
  • Running the test, which should fail, since the code doesn’t exist
  • Writing the code and running the test in a tight loop until the test passes
  • Refactoring the code after the test is passed
  • Repeating this process for the next small piece of code, running the previous tests as well as the added tests

The test cases written are primarily unit level and typically code-focused (white-box), though tests may also be written at the integration or system levels. Test driven development was popularized by Extreme Programming [Beck02] but is used in other agile methodologies and sometimes in sequential lifecycles. This development approach allows fixing coding defects as soon they are introduced.

Test driven development reduces the introduction of defects by helping the developer focus on the clearly defined expected results. The tests serve as a form of executed design specification for future maintenance efforts. The tests are automated and are used in continuous integration.

The text above is a sample from the upcoming Agile Tester Extension that will be released in early 2014. Please note that the Agile Tester Extension is in its beta phase, which means that its content may change. Visit www.istqb.org to get latest information.

ISTQB® welcomes Sogeti Belgium NV to its Partner program!

Sogeti Belgium NV has joined the program at the Gold partnership level. 

ISTQB® welcomes Make it Work (Tecomoni Srl) to its Partner program!

Make it Work (Tecomoni Srl) has joined the program at the Silver partnership level.

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