Iqnite: the conference for software quality and testing, 14-15 October 2013, Sydney (Australia)

iqnite 2013 Australia will again be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition centre and promises to be another exciting event, with over 200 software testing professionals and vendors gathering to share the latest thinking, industry trends, and more. For more details visit the iqnite conference website.

ISTQB® welcomes Method Park Software AG to its Partner program!

Method Park Software AG has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. Visit the Partner Program page for more information. 

ISTQB® certifications exceed 295,000!

As of March 2013, ISTQB® has issued over 295,000 certifications in 70 countries world-wide, with a growth rate of approximately 12,000 certifications per quarter. For more details, visit www.istqb.org.

ISTQB® welcomes Logica Deutschland GmbH & Co to its Partner program!

Logica Deutschland GmbH & Co has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. Visit the Partner Program Page for more information.

ISTQB® Survey has been extended until 30 September 2013!

This is your chance to provide us with direct feedback on how ISTQB® certification has worked for you or your staff. The 20 question survey only takes less than 10-minutes to complete and two versions are available: a Practitioners’ Survey (for test practitioners who hold at least an ISTQB® Foundation certificate) and a Managers’ Survey (for managers of software testing teams). Please find more information or  access the survey

ISTQB® welcomes Knowledge Department GmbH to its Partner program!

Knowledge Department GmbH has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. Visit the Partner Program page for more information. 

Chapter 7.6 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: Communication

The communication between testers and other stakeholders must be professional, objective and effective in order to build and maintain respect for the test team. Diplomacy and objectivity are required when providing feedback, particularly constructive feedback, on the work products of others. Learn more and download the Syllabus.

ISTQB® Smartshow available on YouTube!

ISTQB® smartshow gives you an introduction to ISTQB® and brings you to the new Advanced Level syllabi launched in 2012.
Look at ISTQB® smartshow on YouTube ISTQB® Channel.

Chapter 7.5 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: Motivation

There are many ways to motivate an individual in a testing position. These include:

  • Recognition for the job accomplished
  • Approval by management
  • Respect within the project team and among peers
  • Increased responsibility and autonomy
  • Adequate rewards for the work done (including salary, increased responsibility, recognition).

Learn more and download the Syllabus from the following address: http://istqb.org/downloads/viewcategory/46.html

ISTQB® would like to welcome Knowit Oy to its Partner program!

Knowit Oy has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. 
Visit the Partner Program page for more information.

ASTQB Software Testing Conference 24-26 March 2014, San Francisco (USA)

Learn from groundbreaking software testing discussions in a congenial atmosphere at the ASTQB Software Testing Conference, in San Francisco. This unique software testing conference will feature ISTQB Certified speakers from around the globe in an atmosphere of community, authenticity, and professionalism. A discount of 20% on the price will be offered to all ISTQB® Certificates Holders. See more details.

ISTQB® would like to welcome Kantega AS to its Partner program!

Kantega AS has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. Visit the Partner Program page for more information.

CSTQB International Software Testing Forum 2013 November, Shanghai (China)

CSTQB International Software Testing Forum will be held in November in Shanghai China and is part of the ISTQB® Conference Network. A discount of 20% on the price will be offered to all ISTQB® Certificates Holders. See more details.

ISTQB® would like to welcome Imbus AG to its Partner program!

Imbus AG has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. Visit the Partner Program page for more information.

Testwarez 2013 14-15 October, Gdańsk (Poland)

Testwarez will be held in October in Gdańsk Poland and it promotes the knowledge of software quality assurance (including telecommunication industry) and software testing through the series of lectures stressing practical and innovative testing techniques and usage of testing tools. Testwarez is part of the ISTQB® Conference Network. A discount of 20% on the price will be offered to all ISTQB® Certificates Holders. See more details

ISTQB® would like to welcome Devoteam Solutions to its Partner program!

Devoteam Solutions has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. Visit the Partner Program page for more information.

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

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. Visit the Partner Program page for more information.

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

DEMIRTAG Consulting GmbH has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. See here. For more information about the Partner program visit here.

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.
For more information about the Partner program visit here.

ISTQB® would like to welcome Berner & Mattner Systemtechnik to its Partner program!

Berner & Mattner Systemtechnik has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. See here. For more information about the Partner program visit here

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!

ALTEN Italia has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. See here. For more information about the Partner program click here.

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!

Shanghai Taorui Information Technology Co., Ltd. has joined the program at the Gold partnership level. See here. For more information about the Partner program click here 

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

Reale Mutua Assicurazioni has joined the program at the Gold partnership level. See here. For more information about the Partner program visit here.

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.

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