Chapter 1 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Analyst: Testing Process

The long-term lifecycle approach to testing should be considered and defined as part of the testing strategy. The moment of involvement for the Test Analyst is different for the various lifecycles and the amount of involvement, time required, information available and expectations can be quite varied as well. Because the testing processes do not occur in isolation, the Test Analyst must be aware of the points where information may be supplied to the other related organizational areas. Learn more and download the Syllabus here

Chapter 7 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: People Skills – Team Composition

Successful Test Managers recruit, hire and maintain teams with the proper mix of skills. Skills requirements may change over time, so in addition to hiring the right people in the first place, providing adequate training and growth opportunities are important in order to retain the test team and maintain it at a level of peak performance. In addition to the skills of the team, the Test Manager must also maintain a set of skills that will allow effective functioning in a high pressure, fast-paced environment.
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Chapter 6 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: Selecting test tools

There are a variety of different issues that a Test Manager must consider when selecting test tools. Test tools are a long-term investment, likely extending over many iterations of a single project, and/or applicable to many projects. A Test Manager must consider a prospective tool from several different viewpoints.
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ISTQB® Recognized Mobile App

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ISTQB® General Assemby meetings in 2013

ISTQB® operates through a General Assembly, an Executive Committee and a number of Working Groups (WGs). ISTQB® constitution defines that the General Assembly (GA) has the power to approve the objectives and activities of the association; as such, it is the most important body of ISTQB®. The GA ensuring a democratic and transparent approach that is a hallmark of the ISTQB®. Next ISTQB® GA meetings will respect the "rotation" across the various continents and are planned as follows:

  • 12th April, 2013: Toronto, Canada
  • 23rd August, 2013: Helsinki, Finland
  • November, 2013: Lisbon, Portugal

Chapter 5 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: Improving the Testing Process

Testing often accounts for a major part of the total project costs. However, only limited attention is given to the test process in the various software process improvement models. Process improvements are relevant to the software development process as well as to the testing process. Learning from one's own mistakes makes it possible to improve the process that organizations are using to develop and test software. Learn more and download the Syllabus here.

Chapter 4.3 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: Defect Report Information

When a defect is detected (as part of static testing), or a failure is observed (as part of dynamic testing), data should be gathered by the person(s) involved and included in the defect report. This information should suffice for three purposes: 1. Management of the report through the defect lifecycle 2. Assessment of project status, especially in terms of product quality, and test progress 3. Assessment of process capability (as discussed in Section 4.4) Learn more and download the Syllabus here.

Chapter 4 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: Defect Management

An organization's defect management process and the tool used to manage this work are of critical importance not only to the test team but to all teams involved in the development of software. Defects may be introduced at any point in the software development lifecycle and in any software-related work product. Therefore, each phase of the software development lifecycle should include activities to detect and remove potential defects. Learn more and download the Syllabus here.

The Winner of 2012 "ISTQB® International Software Testing Excellence Award" Dorothy Graham was awarded in London

ISTQB® awarded Dorothy for her notable contributions to the improvement of software quality and software testing. The ceremony was held on December 2012 in London with the presence of Marketing Working Group Chair, ISTQB® President and UKTB President. See the picture below and read more about the Award here.


graham ceremony

Taking shape! Career paths for testing (and how ISTQB® provides this career path)

Career paths for testers is a hot topic. As the demand for skills steadily increases, companies are looking for ways to get testing staff with top skills. As we all know, these skills don't just grow on trees; they have to be built up over time. Having a defined career path for testers to follow is a great way to encourage the development of these top testing skills. The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) provides this career path. Read the blog here.

Chapter 3 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: Reviews

Since reviews are a form of static testing, Test Managers may be responsible for their overall success, particularly in respect of testware products. In the wider context of software projects, however, this responsibility should be a matter of organizational policy. Given the possible widespread application of formal reviews across many disciplines, both before and within software projects, the responsible party may be a Test Manager, or a Quality Assurance Manager, or a trained Review Coordinator. Learn more and download the Syllabus here.

Chapter 2 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: Test Management

A central responsibility of a manager is to secure and utilize resources (people, software, hardware, infrastructure, etc.) to carry out value-adding processes. For software and IT managers, the processes are often part of a project or a program aimed at delivering software or a system for internal or external use. Learn more and download the Syllabus here.

Chapter 1 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: Testing process

For each test level, test planning starts at the initiation of the test process for that level and continues
throughout the project until the completion of closure activities for that level. It involves the
identification of the activities and resources required to meet the mission and objectives identified in
the test strategy. See more about planning and other phases and download the Syllabus here.

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