ISTQB® would like to welcome Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. to its Partner program!

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ISTQB® would like to welcome DEMIRTAG Consulting GmbH to its Partner program!

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ISTQB® would like to welcome Cognizant SetCon GmbH to its Partner program!

Cognizant SetCon GmbH has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. See here.
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ISTQB® would like to welcome Berner & Mattner Systemtechnik to its Partner program!

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The New ISTQB Advanced Syllabus: what does it deliver?

What does “Advanced” mean? And what does the new ISTQB Advanced Syllabus say about students who are successful?

In previous versions of the syllabus, and indeed in many certification syllabi, you will find a long list of detailed “technical” Learning Objectives. But these do not always provide statements of what the successful candidates are capable of doing in the workplace.

“Advanced” can mean different things to different people, and I have been involved in many discussions with ISTQB stakeholders in trying to define what is meant by this level in the scheme. So when we went about creating the 2012 version of the ISTQB Advanced Level syllabus, I thought it was important to start with some statements about what we were trying to say about a candidate who had reached this level.

In fact, this can be thought of as defining high level requirements for the syllabus and building top down rather “bottom up”, based around the existing Learning Objectives.

Business Outcomes

We called these requirements “Business Outcomes” i.e. What does this say about the person and their likely capability to contribute to the business in terms of the knowledge and skills that are being certified.

This was a major step forward in the production of the syllabus since it gave us the ability to focus on the scope of the syllabus from an outcome-based perspective. If we wanted to express something in terms of a Business Outcome, we had to be sure that we had enough coverage and at the right level in terms of what was being assessed in the syllabus. This had a big impact on the scope of the syllabus. Some people’s views about what “Advanced” meant to them could not be accommodated, simply because there was not enough scope to include everything that would be needed to justify a particular Business Outcome.

Justifiable and Verifiable Statements

This approach enabled us to build a strong, verifiable product. Each Business Outcome is traceable to a number of Learning Objectives that support the Outcome statement. The Syllabus contains supporting information for the Learning Objectives, which themselves are the measurable statements assessed by the exam.

Clearer Scoping

Another key feature of the use of Business Outcomes is to allow clearer scoping between the different levels in the ISTQB scheme. Viewed in this way, “Advanced” fits neatly between Foundation and Expert, avoiding duplication and providing clear outcome-based statements about those achieving each specific certificate. So, with the 2012 ISTQB Advanced Level Syllabus, when someone passes the exam we can confidently say that they meet the Business Outcomes listed for the certificate – or to coin a product marketing phrase, they can do “exactly what it says on the tin”!

You can see all the Business Outcomes for the three new Advanced Certificates in this downloadable ISTQB Advanced Level Overview. This document also provides a good outline of the new syllabus and its structure.

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The writer, Mike Smith, is Chairman of LearnTesting as well as Chairman of ALWG at ISTQB.

ISTQB® would like to welcome ALTEN Italia to its Partner program!

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ISTQB® General Assembly will be held in Budapest on 31 October 2014

The ISTQB® General Assembly will be held in Budapest, Hungary, on 31 October 2014. The meeting will be preceded by working group meetings as well as an international conference.

ISTQB® would like to welcome Shanghai Taorui Information Technology Co., Ltd. to its Partner program!

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ISTQB® would like to welcome Reale Mutua Assicurazioni to its Partner program!

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FISTB TESTING ASSEMBLY 2013: BRINGING NEW WAYS OF THINKING TO TESTING

The Finnish Software Testing Board's second annual Testing Assembly will be held on Thursday 22 August 2013 at the Helsinki Radisson Blue Royal Hotel.

The theme of the Assembly is "Bringing New Ways of Thinking Into Testing".

Although the call for speakers is closed, we are looking for Assembly partners

The Assembly is for free for Finnish Software Testing Board members, ISTQB®/ISEB-certificate holders and TestausOSY/FAST-members.

For others, the participation fee is just 100€ and there is a special rate for Finnish Information Processing Association members.

During the Assembly you will have the opportunity to take the Foundation Level certification exam at half price (only 93€, including VAT). The exam will take place at 10am and it runs for 1 hour and 15 minutes. The number of places is limited.

Breakfast, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon coffee, are offered so please let us know about possible allergies.

For the program and full details, visit: http://testingassembly.fistb.fi

Chapter 6 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Analyst: Defect Management

Test Analysts evaluate the behavior of the system in terms of business and user needs, e.g., would the user know what to do when faced with this message or behavior. By comparing the actual with the expect result, the Test Analyst determines if the system is behaving correctly. Learn more and download the Syllabus here.

The ISTQB® would like to welcome EXCO to its Partner program!

One of the ISTQB® partners with the Silver partnership level is EXCO. See more information about the company here and about the Partner program here 

The ISTQB® would like to ask for your feedback by completing our 10 minute survey

If you would like to provide us with feedback on how ISTQB® certification has worked for you or your staff, please complete our 10-minute survey (around 20 questions) which will be open until 30 September 2013.

Two versions are available:

  1. Practitioners' Survey (for test practitioners who hold at least an ISTQB® Foundation certificate)
  2. Managers' Survey (for managers of software testing teams).

Please see more information and answer the survey here. Your opinion is important for us.

The ISTQB® would like to welcome Testerzy to its Partner program!

One of the ISTQB® partners with the Silver partnership level is Testerzy. See more information about the company here and about the Partner program here 

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