Certified tester advanced level overview

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Certified Tester Advanced Level Overview International Software Testing Qualifications Board Version 2012 Page 10 of 18 October 19, 2012 © International Software Testing Qualifications Board The Test Manager needs to know how to evaluate different types of test documentation and tailor them to meet project and organization needs. This includes an understanding of relevant standards. Estimation of testing effort using specific metrics and based on experience is covered. Techniques required for estimating are covered and the Test Manager should learn how to use available data to communicate the value of testing. Test Managers should have an understanding for distributed, outsourced and insourced forms of test organizations. Chapter 3: Reviews The activities of the Test Manager focus on defining an appropriate review plan and setting up the review to achieve the best results. The Test Manager should learn how to use metrics to optimize the review results and to show return on investment. The Test Manager should understand how to lead a review team through a formal review. Chapter 4: Defect Management The Test Manager should know how to set up a defect lifecycle tailored for the adopted software lifecycle. The Test Manager should understand the skills to acquire in analyzing defect reports with the objective of evaluating the capability of the testing and software development processes. Chapter 5: Improving the Test Process The Test Manager should be aware of the generic steps for conducting a standard test process improvement initiative and how to create a test improvement plan based on these steps. Information is provided on the test process improvement models TMMi, TPI Next, CTP and STEP. Chapter 6: Test Tools and Automation The Test Manager should be able to plan and implement the selection of different types of tools (including open-source and custom-built tools) such that risks, costs, benefits and opportunities are adequately considered. An understanding of using tools for metric collection and evaluation is acquired. Chapter 7: People Skills - Team Composition The Test Manager should understand how to assess the availability of soft skills along with the technical, business domain and testing skills required for a testing team, and can define a growth plan for skill development. The Test Manager should understand the relevant team motivation and communication skills required. 2.2 Advanced Level: Test Analyst (TA) 2.2.1 Business Outcomes This section lists the Business Outcomes expected of a candidate who has achieved the Advanced Test Analyst certification. An Advanced Test Analyst can… TA1 Perform the appropriate testing activities based on the software development lifecycle being used. TA2 Determine the proper prioritization of the testing activities based on the information provided by the risk analysis.
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