Agile Tester

Agile testing is an approach to software testing that follows the principles of agile software development as outlined in the Agile Manifesto.

A tester on an Agile project will work differently than one working on a traditional project. Testers must understand the values and principles that underpin Agile projects, and how testers are an integral part of a whole-team approach together with developers and business representatives.

There is a lot of confusion concerning agile testing – which means there’s an educational opportunity as well. The Agile Tester course will give the tester the knowledge to be part of agile testing teams and achieve high performance.

Topics covered

  • Fundamentals of Agile software development
  • Aspects of Agile approaches
  • Differences between traditional and Agile testing
  • Status tracking and reporting
  • Role and skills of an Agile tester
  • Agile testing methods, e.g., acceptance test driven development, test pyramid and testing quadrants
  • Risk assessments and estimations in Agile projects, e.g., risk-poker and poker planning
  • Agile testing techniques, e.g., exploratory testing, specification-by-example and defining acceptance criteria
  • Preparation for the ISTQB Agile Foundation exam

Learning objectives

  • Collaborate in a cross-functional Agile team being familiar with principles and basic practices of Agile software development.
  • Adapt existing testing experience and knowledge to Agile values and principles
  • Support the Agile team in planning test related activities
  • Apply relevant methods and techniques for testing in an Agile project
  • Assist in defining testable user stories and acceptance criteria
  • Recall lesson learned from real-life Agile testing (compared to Agile theory)

Exam Structure

To get an ISTQB Certified Agile Tester Foundation Level Certificate you must successfully pass the Agile Tester Exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be issued with an ISTQB Agile Tester Foundation Level Certificate, which is internationally recognized. The exam aims to verify that the candidate has acquired the professional knowledge contained in the syllabus.

The Agile Tester Foundation Level exam is characterized by:

  • 40 multiple-choice questions
  • a scoring of 1 point for each correct answer
  • a pass mark of 65% (26 or more points)
  • a duration of 60 minutes (or 75 minutes for candidates taking exams that are not in their native or local language)