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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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