ISTQB® General Assembly will be held in Shanghai on October 2015

The General Assembly meeting of Lisbon 29 November approved locations and dates of General Assembly meetings in 2015: The third ISTQB® General Assembly of 2015 will be held inShanghai, China on October 2015. The meeting will be preceded by working group meetings as well as an international conference.

ISTQB® General Assembly will be held in Copenhagen on 12 June 2015

The General Assembly meeting of Lisbon 29 November approved locations and dates of General Assembly meetings in 2015: The second ISTQB® General Assembly of 2015 will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark on 12 June. The meeting will be preceded by working group meetings, as well as an international conference.

ISTQB® General Assembly will be held in Tel Aviv on 26 March 2015

The General Assembly meeting held in Lisbon 29 November approved locations and dates of General Assembly meetings in 2015: the first ISTQB® General Assembly of 2015 will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel on 26 March. The meeting will be preceded by working group meetings, as well as an international conference.

More than 300,000 certifications achieved

The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) is proud to announce that, as of June 2013, it has issued more than 300,000 software testing certifications world-wide. Read the Press Release for more information.

Chapter 3.1.1.2 in Agile Tester Add-On: Acceptance Test Driven Development

Acceptance Test Driven Development, like TDD, is based on the test first concept. It defines acceptance criteria and tests cases for it early in the development process, in the confirmation phase of a story development process (see paragraph 1.2.2). ATDD is a collaborative approach which allows every stakeholder to understand how the software component has to behave and what the product owner, tester, developer, and others need to do to insure this behavior. A typical process of ATDD is: 1. The whole team defines tests which give examples of intended behavior 2. Testers and/or developers create automated tests with an ATDD testing tools 3. Developers create the code of the intended behavior 4. Testers and/or developers run automated acceptance tests

ATDD creates reusable tests for regression testing. Specific tools support creation and execution of such tests, often within the context of a continuous integration process. These tools can connect to data and service layers of the application. This allows tests to be run in system level or acceptance level test environments Tests environments can be user acceptance test environments instead of development test environments. ATDD allows quick resolution of defects and validation of feature behavior before promoting code to a higher environment. It helps determine if the confirmation criteria is met for the feature. ATDD facilitates also the use of external testing teams to perform functional testing.

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ISTQB® welcomes Kedros, Inc. to its Partner program!

Kedros, Inc. has joined the program at the Silver partnership level.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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

ISTQB® welcomes SOCO Norge A/S to its Partner program!

SOCO Norge A/S has joined the program at the Gold partnership level. 

Chapter 2.2.2 in Agile Tester Add-On: 2.2.2 Managing Regression Risk with evolving test cases and test automation

Agile projects, by nature, break down features in a release into manageable pieces of work, and allocate the features to iterations. With each iteration the product starts to grow significantly; therefore the amount of testing needed also increases. Along with testing the code changes made in the current iteration, testers also need to verify no regression has been introduced on features that were developed and verified in previous iterations.

The risk of introducing regression in agile development is very high due to extensive code churn (lines of code added, modified or deleted to a file from one version to another) required when developing new features in an iterative lifecycle. The text above is a sample from the upcoming Agile Tester Add-On that will be released in early 2014. Please note that Agile Tester Add-On is on alpha phase, which means that its content may change. Visit www.istqb.org to get latest information.

ISTQB® would like to welcome Petrotechnical Data Systems B.V. to its Partner program!

Petrotechnical Data Systems B.V. has joined the program at the Gold partnership level. 

More than 300,000 certifications achieved

The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) is proud to announce that, as of June 2013, it has issued more than 300,000 software testing certifications world-wide.

Read the Press Release for more information

Chapter 2.1.1 in Agile Tester Add-On: Testing and Development Activities

One of the main differences between traditional lifecycles and agile lifecycles is the idea of very short iterations, each iteration resulting in working software that delivers features of value to business stakeholders. At the beginning of the project, there is often an inception period where the high-level goals of the project are defined and testing is planned in a high-level. This is followed by a sequence of iterations, each about one to four weeks in duration. In the beginning of each iteration, the detailed planning (including testing) for the iteration is performed. A small subset of the high level goals are specified as user stories with detailed acceptance criteria (i.e., the features to be built and their test conditions, respectively), then these features are developed, integrated with the system, and tested. These iterations are highly dynamic, with development, integration, and testing activities taking place throughout each iteration, with considerable parallelism and overlap. Testing activities are done all the time (i.e. daily), not just as a final activity of the iteration.

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

ISTQB® welcomes Dextra Technologies to its Partner program!

Dextra Technologies has joined the program at the Silver partnership level. 

Chapter 1.1.2 in Agile Tester Add-On: Using the Whole Team Approach

In agile projects, quality is the responsibility of the Whole Team: they 'own' the product and have responsibility for its successful delivery. An agile testing team therefore, will have responsibility not just for integration and system test, but will also work closely with both developers and the business representatives to ensure quality across all test levels. This includes supporting and collaborating with business representatives to help them create suitable acceptance tests. Any consultations or meetings in which product features are presented, analyzed or estimated will involve the Whole Team. The concept of involving testers, developers and business representatives in all feature discussions has been called the 'Power of Three' [Crispin and Gregory, 2009].

The text above is a sample from the upcoming Agile Tester Add-On that will be released in early 2014. Visit www.istqb.org to get latest information.

2013 Award Winner is Harry Sneed!

ISTQB® is proud to announce that the Winner of 2013 "ISTQB® International Software Testing Excellence Award" is Harry Sneed for his outstanding contribution to the software quality and software testing.

Read the Press Release or visit awards.istqb.org for more information

Chapter 1.1.1 in Agile Tester Add-On: Agile Software Development and the Agile Manifesto

In 2001 a group of individuals, representing the most widely used lightweight software development methodologies, agreed a common set of values and principles which became known as The Manifesto for Agile Software Development or Agile Manifesto. The Manifesto was created as an alternative to traditional “waterfall” style development approaches which the Manifesto creators perceived as document driven and overly bureaucratic. The Agile Manifesto states four key values: 1. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools 2. Working software over comprehensive documentation 3. Customer collaboration over contract negotiation 4. Responding to change over following a plan. The text above is a sample from the upcoming Agile Tester Add-On that will be released in early 2014. Please note that Agile Tester Add-On is on alpha phase, which means that its content may change. Visit www.istqb.org to get latest information.

ISTQB® welcomes Testing IT Consulting to its Partner program!

Testing IT Consulting has joined the program at the Gold partnership level.

Introduction to new Foundation Level Agile Tester Add-on

The Foundation Level Agile Tester Certification is aimed to bring knowledge to the testers and test leaders who are working within Agile environments or that are (or their company is) planning to start implementing Agile in the near future. The certification is providing an advantage for those who would like to know the required activities, roles, methods, methodologies of Agile environment specific for their role. This includes people in roles such as Testers, Test Analysts, Test Engineers, Test Consultants, Test Managers, User Acceptance Testers and Software Developers.

Foundation Level Agile Tester Add-on qualification is also appropriate for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of software testing in the Agile world, such as Project Managers, Quality Managers, Software Development Managers, Business Analysts, IT Directors and Management Consultants.

Agile Tester Add-On will be released in early 2014. Visit www.istqb.org to get latest information.

ISTQB® welcomes XDIN to its Partner program!

 XDIN AB has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level.

ALTEN becomes first ISTQB® Global Partner

ISTQB® is pleased to announce that ALTEN has become the first organisation to achieve the Global Partner status with ISTQB®.

Read the Press Release or visit www.istqb.org/partner for more details about the Partner Program

ISTQB® welcomes Maint Cia Ltda. to its Partner program!

Maint Cia Ltda. has joined the program at the Silver partnership level.  

Develop an ISTQB® recognized mobile app!

ISTQB® created the “ISTQB® Recognized App” concept in order to promote mobile device applications based on ISTQB® referenced information. Anyone can submit a mobile device app for consideration as an ISTQB® Recognized App and, if successful, will be entitled to use the “ISTQB® Recognized App” logo. To find out more, read http://www.istqb.org/about-istqb/istqb-recognized-mobile-app.html

ISTQB® welcomes Steria Mummert Consulting AG to its Partner program!

Steria Mummert Consulting AG has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. Visit the Partner program page for more information.

Global pass-rate of ISTQB® exams

ISTQB® exams are designed and monitored according to strict, internationally consistent, criteria. They are based on a precisely defined number of questions, varying depending on certification level, and a distribution of questions across the syllabi, according to topics and K-Levels. The global pass-rate of ISTQB® exams (world-wide average since inception) as of March 2013 is reported here http://www.istqb.org/exams-root.html

ISTQB® welcomes System Verification Sweden AB to its Partner Program!

System Verification Sweden AB has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level.

Visit the Partner Program page for more information.

Winner of 2013 "ISTQB® International Software Testing Excellence Award" to be announced in Portugal in November

Each year the ISTQB® awards a prize to somebody who is recognised as having made an outstanding contribution to the field of software quality through professional practice, innovation, or research. The next winner will be announced in Lisbon, Portugal, in November. For more information please visit http://awards.istqb.org/.

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

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

New ISTQB® Add-on under development: Agile Testing

To meet the demand for testing certification within specific domains, ISTQB® has introduced the concept of an “add-on”. The first of these will be focused on Agile Testing and is planned for release in early 2014.

ISTQB® welcomes Sogeti Deutschland GmbH to its Partner program!

Sogeti Deutschland GmbH has joined the program at the Platinum partnership level. For more information visit the Partner Program page.

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