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Practitioner in Agile Quality (PAQ)

PAQ is a practical focus accelerated learning Agile certification. It is designed to allow people with current Agile knowledge to take their skills to a practitioner level in an intensive learning environment.


The certification is designed for the whole team, as everyone has an equal responsibility for product quality. It covers the key competencies required to function effectively and efficiently whilst delivering quality. The course is focused on practical application, experiential and collaborative learning through discussion and exercises.


The PAQ training course builds on existing testing, software quality management and agile theory inspiring and building confidence through hands-on exercises and experiential learning aligned to the PAQ Competency Framework.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for anyone wanting to improve their agile skills and ensure accelerated quality delivery of working software. This includes Testers, QA Engineers, Developers, Business Analysts, Project Managers, Team Leaders, Scrum Masters and all other members of an Agile delivery team.

Learning Objectives

  • Agile Mindset - Prove that they can put into practice all the soft skills appropriate to the agile mindset aligned to the agile manifesto and principles
  • Faster Delivery - Optimise delivery through implementing efficiencies and effective practices, maximising the work not done
  • Build Quality In - Implement the team activities to ensure the product quality objectives for each persona are met from inception throughout the product lifecycle
  • Engineering principles - Build the right product, right first time maximising Business value using repeatable, auditable and adaptable processes, whilst minimising technical debt
  • Continuous testing - Support the integration of code by iterating through plan, build, test multiple times per day, in order to complete committed items aligned to acceptance criteria and the iteration definition of done
  • Scalability - Identify additional risks and changes required to effectively scale processes based on team size and/or distribution

Pre-Requisites

This is a practitioner’s course. Candidates are expected to have met one of the agile knowledge prerequisites which can be demonstrated through certifications such as iSQI® Certified Agile Essentials (CAE), iSQI® Certified Scrum Master Pro, ISTQB® Foundation Level Agile Tester OR have 2 years professional experience working in Agile.

Due to the practical experiential learning approach to this course, there is assumed knowledge which, if not met, will make it difficult for candidates to complete the course and assessments within the timeboxed course.

 

Candidates are expected to be able to already apply basic practices and techniques, such as:

  • Knowledge of Test Design – EP / BVA / State Transition / Decision tables / Exploratory
  • Basic test terminology
  • Understand the difference between functional and non-functional testing including the basic concepts of Performance and Usability testing
  • Perform all the activities associated with the fundamental test process

Course Content