We are well aware that many agile practitioners shy away from standardised training and exams as they seem to be opposing the agile philosophy. However, agile projects are no free agents; they need structure and discipline as well as a common language and methods. Since the individuals in a team are the key element of agile projects, they heavily rely on a consensus on their daily work methods to be successful. The long and careful process of developing a certification framework that is agile and not static considered these factors. The exam to certify the tester also had to capture the essential skills for agile cooperation. Clearly no simple multiple choice test would be able to show the examinee’s soft skills. Hence, a whole new approach was developed together with the experienced input of a number of renowned industry partners: To become a Certified Agile Tester® you have to succeed in three different ways:

  • A soft skills assessment on the capacity for teamwork
  • An exam, which requires free answering - no multiple choice questions
  • A practical section where the examinee’s testing skills are put to the test

Objectives of the Certified Agile Tester®

  • Students will gain an understanding of the testing role within an agile project and be able to apply effective, practical skills associated with that role. At the end of the course, successful students 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
  • Positively contribute as an agile team member focused on testing
  • Appreciate the challenges and difficulties associated with the non-testing activities performed in an agile team
  • Demonstrate a range of soft skills required by agile team members

SQS is the largest pure-play software testing and quality assurance company in the world. Over the years we’ve developed and established a proprietary testing methodology, PractiQ, along with Industrialisation and Automation processes. Our solutions range from expert consultant staffing solutions to global service management.

The Academy is a wholly owned subsidiary of SQS delivering a suite of accredited testing, Quality Management (QM), Quality Assurance (QA) and now Business Analysis (BA) skills. We also deliver learning and development solutions for our internal consultants and testers. with a presence on three continents, we deliver over  workshops per year to more than participants. We bring the knowledge and real experience of working with over 400 global companies and the flexibility of delivering public workshops and custom in-house solutions.

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