Agile influence essentials

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Overview

Designed as a very interactive course, delegates have the opportunity to discuss and share their experiences with others and to extend their knowledge of testing in agile projects. Practical exercises based on a complete agile life cycle are used to help delegates to put learning and their knowledge in to practice throughout the course.

Audience

Who Should Attend?

There are no mandatory pre-requisites for CAT, but we do recommend delegates have some experience

of testing as the course assumes some knowledge and will not teach basic testing knowledge, such as fun-

damentals of testing, test case specification or testing terminology. Ideal candidates are:

  • Testing practitioners moving into Agile projects to perform testing activities;
  • Individuals already performing testing activities in an Agile project who wish to increase their effective-ness;
  • Individuals who are interested in the testing activities with Agile, such as Managers, SCRUM Masters and Developers.
  • Those attending the course will be familiar with and have practical experience of the following:
  • Basic testing terminology and the activities associated with the fundamental test process;
  • The differences between functional and non-functional testing, including the concepts of Performance and Usability;

Skills Gained

  • To give delegates an understanding of the testing role within an Agile project;
  • Provide delegates with information about Agile projects and how they differ from traditional projects;
  • Enable delegates to effectively apply practical skills associated with the testing role on an Agile project;
  • Certification, to enable people to sit the exam and gain accreditation as a 'Certified Agile Tester'

Prerequisites

  • There are no mandatory pre-requisites for CAT, but we do recommend delegates have some experience
  • of testing as the course assumes some knowledge and will not teach basic testing knowledge, such as fun-
  • damentals of testing, test case specification or testing terminology. Ideal candidates are:
  • Testing practitioners moving into Agile projects to perform testing activities;
  • Individuals already performing testing activities in an Agile project who wish to increase their effective-ness;
  • Individuals who are interested in the testing activities with Agile, such as Managers, SCRUM Masters and Developers.
  • Those attending the course will be familiar with and have practical experience of the following:
  • Basic testing terminology and the activities associated with the fundamental test process;
  • The differences between functional and non-functional testing, including the concepts of Performance and Usability;
  • Table Testing and Exploratory Testing.

Course Outline

Aims

The aim of CAT is to enable those with testing experience to become effective members of an agile pro-

ject. The scheme Provides worldwide consistency of learning and is based on a single set of material

and group of exams, so someone taking CAT in the UK will benefit from the same learning and experi-

ence as someone from another country.

Agile team members can shy away from standardized training and exams as they can be seen to be op-

posing the agile philosophy. However, agile projects are no free agents; they need structure and disci-

pline, as well as a common language and methods to be successful. CAT has been built to develop the

skills, consensus and method of daily working that help bring about project success.

Who is supporting it?

The following blue-chip companies are public supporters of the CAT scheme:

Barclays, Dorma, Hewlett Packard, IBM, IVV, Logic Studio

Microfocus, Microsoft", Mobile.de, Nokia, NTS, Océ, OTTO

SAP, Siemens, Sogeti, T-systems MMS, XING and Zurich

Along with leading lights of the agile and testing world, including Erik van Veenendaal, Krishna Rajan

and others, these companies have been actively involved in reviewing the learning objectives, and sylla-

bus. Many of them have attended pilot courses to validate that the learning objectives, the content of

the scheme, its delivery and exam meet market need and fulfil their objectives.

Course Format

The course consists of four days in the classroom, where the split is around 50% theory/classroom dis-

cussion and 50% practical workshops and team exercises that take delegates through the activities of a

typical agile project. The exam takes place on Day 5.

Business Outcomes

At the end of the course, successful delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the principles behind the Agile approach to software development;
  • Differentiate between the testing role in Agile projects compared with the role of testers in non-agile projects;
  • Contribute positively as an Agile team member focused on testing;
  • Appreciate the challenges and difficulties associated with the non-tes1ng activities performed in
  • an Agile team;
  • Demonstrate a range of soft skills required by effective Agile team members.
The Exam

The exam contains two separate sections:

1. Practical Assessment: This is a two hour exam in which delegates must demonstrate they have

learned and can apply the Agile skills taught in the course

2. Written Exam: This is a 2.5 hour essay based exam where delegates must construct their own

answers and solutions to three, set scenarios.

Delegates must achieve an overall score of 65% with a minimum score of 50% in each part of the exam

to pass and be awarded 'CAT' status.

Course deliverables and Notes

Each delegate will receive a full set of hard copy course materials for future reference.

Delegates will be expected to do between half an hour and 1 hour's homework per night.

Thinking about Onsite?

If you need training for 3 or more people, you should ask us about onsite training. Putting aside the obvious location benefit, content can be customised to better meet your business objectives and more can be covered than in a public classroom. It's a cost effective option.

Submit an enquiry from any page on this site, and let us know you are interested in the requirements box, or simply mention it when we contact you.

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Course Location Days Cost Date
Manchester
Manchester1 500 £500 2019-02-18
Glasgow
Glasgow1 500 £500 2019-02-18
Onsite
Onsite1 500 £500 2019-04-18