Expert level syllabus international software testing

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Expert Level Syllabus International Software Testing Qualifications Board Version 2011 Page 63 of 75 1 st November 2011 © International Software Testing Qualifications Board Deployment Orientation over Process Orientation. Building processes is easy, the challenge in improvement is deploying processes so that they are used. Process improvement is all about change management; the bulk of the investment in improvement will be in deployment. Reviews over Quality Assurance (departments) says that communication and providing feedback are essential to project success. It is exactly what peer reviews do, if applied well. QA reviewers may be too far from the test team to give timely and valued feedback. Feedback loops are most effective when they are local and fast. Business-driven over Model-driven reminds us that the improvement is to benefit the business not just to provide conformance to an external standard. This approach to improvement would be acceptable in an organization sympathetic to team-driven approaches, agile software development and exploratory testing. It may be harder to “sell” in an organization with a command and control management style, strong reliance on detailed processes, and scripted tests.
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Certified Tester Expert Level Syllabus International Software Testing Qualifications Board Version 2011 Page 64 of 75 1 st November 2011 © International Software Testing Qualifications Board 10. Adapting to Different Life Cycle Models 60 mins. Keywords: Agile, agile testing, extreme programming, life cycle model, SCRUM, project retrospective, RUP Learning objectives for adapting to different life cycle models 10.1 Adapting to Different Life Cycle Models LO 10.1.1 (K2) Understand the factors that influence the way improvement is organized and that this is always context dependent LO 10.1.2 (K2) Summarize the test improvement approach in agile environments LO 10.1.3 (K2) Summarize the test improvement approach in iterative environments LO 10.1.4 (K2) Give examples of where test process improvement models need to be adapted to be suitable for agile and/or iterative life-cycles 10.1 Adapting to Different Life Cycle Models The improvement methods described earlier in the syllabus are not specific to any particular lifecycle methodology. However, improvement always needs to be set in a particular context, for example: The management culturein the organization (command and control, consultative, team driven) will influence the acceptability of the approach suggested. The life cycle model being used (sequential, iterative, agile, " home grown” or no p rocess) will influence the frequency cycle for changes in process to be acceptable to projects The test approach being used (automated, manual, scripted, exploratory, mixed approach, ad hoc) will influence the acceptability of the type of change being suggested.
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