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Agile Testing Strategies and Practices

Technical excellence, customer satisfaction, and a focus on working software are key components of the Agile manifesto. In order to realize the full benefits of Agile development, teams must implement strong testing and technical practices. This training course demonstrates testing strategies and tactics that ensure high and sustainable quality in an Agile environment. This course qualifies for the ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Testing (ICP-TST), for 21 Scrum Alliance SEUs, and prepares attendees for the ISTQB Agile Tester Exam.

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Learning Objectives

You Will Learn How To

  • Select efficient Agile testing practices for a project to ensure continuous feedback
  • Optimise iteration and release test plans that result in superior software quality
  • Create sustainable software products with test-driven development
  • Foster team collaboration for the creation of effective testing assets
  • Integrate value-based testing to ensure user satisfaction


Recommended Experience

  • Any work experience as any of the following: Agile Testers, Agile Developers, Product Owners, Analysts and Test Managers, Quality Assurance Managers, and those whose role is to ensure that Agile teams deliver high customer satisfaction at an optimized cost.
  • Taking Course Agile Test Automation, is highly recommended, either before or after this course, to complete the ICAgile certification pathway for Agile Testing.

Course Content

Course Outline

Testing in an Agile Environment

General testing theory

  • Evaluating the key testing principles
  • Differentiating between Agile and traditional practices
  • Introducing the theory and purpose of Agile Testing

Transitioning to Agile software development processes

  • Mapping Agile principles and values to testing
  • Inspecting Agile testing quadrants
  • Benefiting from Test Driven Development (TDD)
  • Automating testing for better Agility

Confirming Customer Satisfaction

Acquiring a test basis

    Testing the charter and key features
  • Focusing on customer value and user personas
  • Writing useful test cases from user stories
  • Developing Story Acceptance Criteria

Automating through Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD)

  • Designing the anatomy of an Agile Test
  • Creating a Test Idea Catalog
  • Refining a Definition of Done and Ready
  • Anticipating validation criteria through Behaviour Driven Development (BDD)

Preparing for User Acceptance Testing (UAT)

  • Specifying by examples and scenarios
  • Enabling Usability and Exploratory Testing
  • Performing Story-Mapping for better coverage
  • Managing the UAT processes

Implementing Developer and Technology Testing

Building proficiency with TDD

  • Defining the unit candidates for testing
  • Achieving green-light success
  • Identifying good tests
  • Dealing with large systems

Validating for FURPS+

    Finding non-functional testing patterns
  • Simulating interfaces and conducting performance testing through automation
  • Evaluating legacy systems

Test Management

Test strategy and planning

  • Creating a risk-based approach to release planning
  • Coordinating day-to-day through a lightweight test plan
  • Declaring rules on zero-bug tolerance and defect tracking
  • Using metrics to measure success

Successful delivery management

  • Implementing continuous integration and deployment
  • Setting-up JIT test environments
  • Organising post-release testing

Team mindset and culture

  • Working toward a whole team approach to quality
  • Designing software with high testability attributes
  • Sharing testing responsibilities between developers and testers
  • Collaborating on complex and distributed teams projects

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