Agile Testing

In this course, you will learn how an Agile testing approach enhances delivery speed and improves overall quality. Learning the goals of Agile will help you transition, implement, and monitor testing in an Agile environment and integrate traditional testing skills and knowledge into Agile development teams.

Building on traditional risk-based test practice, we are now challenged by incremental delivery. To address but not inhibit Agility, we examine concepts like pair testing and strengthening relationships in a team setting to build a sense of common purpose. Working in parallel with developers eliminates hand-offs and late stage testing, and enables incremental confirmed component delivery. This program builds on what we know, and adapts to what we need, which is Agile delivery. Agile testing opens new areas of opportunity to build strength in product quality, process improvement, and test confidence.

When implementing changes in methods and approaches, we may slide back into old test habits, or leave methods behind rather than transition from them. We may throw everything away and do a wholesale replacement without appreciating what really needs to change. Most testing practices work, but only within appropriate development contexts. This program will contrast traditional against Agile testing, highlighting what changes we must make to apply the best testing principles in the new role that we will play. Agile testing is not a separate service, but an integrated part of the development team.

The International Consortium for Agile has worked with experts around the world to develop an education roadmap of training and certification for all specialties involved in Agile development. This course has been approved and earns all students the ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Testing designation upon completion of the course.

Related Certification

ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP)

  • Key differences between traditional and Agile testing practices
  • Develop a transition plan to move from traditional test practices to Agile testing
  • Construct a Lean Testing Framework to expedite Agile delivery
  • Operate in a time-constrained development cycle without losing testable value
  • Develop Iteration 0 test plans that guide test design development
  • Use high-speed test methods to supplement and support story-based testing practices (Exploratory, Pairwise, Pareto techniques)
  • Capitalize on test development through use and reuse management
  • Integrate team testing into Agile projects
  • Build Lean Test Artifacts for Regression Testware
  • Engage stakeholders in quality trade-off decision-making
  • Coach story card contributors in test case construction
  • Gain exposure to automation support opportunities

  • Quality analysts and engineers
  • Software test leads and testers
  • Software quality and testing managers
  • Software project managers
  • Software engineering managers
  • Business analysts
  • Software development managers
  • IT managers
  • Programmers/developers

1. Agile Testing Mindset

  • Overview of Agile Testing
    • Origins of Agile Testing
    • Agile Testing vs. Traditional Approaches
  • Mindset and Culture
    • Agile Testing Principles
    • Whole Team Approach
    • Building Quality In
    • Continuous Improvement and Feedback
    • Ingraining The Agile Testing Mindset (Hands-on Exercise)

2. Testing Techniques
  • Categories of Testing
  • Agile Testing Quadrants of Categories
  • Automation Pyramid Introduction
  • Testing Techniques
  • Collaborating with Developers
  • Unit and Component Testing
  • Pairing between Developer and Tester
  • Example Driven Development
  • Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD)
  • Behavior-Driven Development (BDD)
  • Spec by Example
  • Feature and Story Testing
    • User Story Testing
    • Feature Testing
    • Exploratory Testing
    • Non-Functional Testing

3. Agile Testing Process
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Team-Based Testing Approach
  • Typical Business Representative Role in Testing
  • Typical Programmer Role in Testing
  • Typical Tester Role in Testing
  • Role of Test Managers in Agile
  • Test Strategy and Planning
  • Different Strategies Based on Levels of Precision
  • During Iteration Planning/Kickoff
  • Lightweight Test Plan Documentation
  • Defect Tracking and Management
  • Results Reporting
  • Test Metrics
  • Regression Tests
  • Successful Delivery
  • Time-Boxed Delivery
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Post-Development Test Cycles
  • Iteration Wrap-Up
  • Definition of a Release/End Game
  • User Acceptance Test (UAT)
  • System-Wide and Cross-Team Testing
  • Post-Release Testing
  • Documentation for Regulatory Requirements
  • Test Environments and Infrastructure
  • Typical Environments for Test
  • Build Pipeline
  • Automated Builds
  • Testing the Proper Build
  • Test Data Management
  • Working on Distributed Teams
  • Distributed Team Communication
  • Distributed Team Coordination

Upcoming Classes

Dates Location GTR  
Sep 28-30 (12pm-4:30pm) EST
Nov 28-30 (12pm-4:30pm) EST


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