ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certification

ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certification

ISTQB introduced a new certification ISTQB Agile Tester Certification Extension. Software development as well as testing in an agile methodology follows a different approach compared to regular software projects in other models. Testers who are part of the agile projects need to have a very good understanding of Fundamentals of Agile software development, Features of Agile development, Testing in traditional and Agile projects, Testing in Agile projects, Roles and skills of a tester in Agile projects, Agile testing techniques and methods, Assess product quality risks within an Agile project, Tools and Techniques in Agile projects. This certification tests the knowledge of candidates in these areas.

Study Material or Books for ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certification

ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certification is a relatively a new certification program by ISTQB so there aren't many books or ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certification dumps around it. In Amazon one ebook or Kindle Edition is available titled ISTQB Agile Tester : "One for all, all for one" which is not popular yet but you can use as study material or book for ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certification. Though many verified purchaser have complained that authors have just copied the Official Syllabus and trid a create a book out of it.

Frequently Asked Questions for ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certification

1. What are the eligibility criteria to take up the ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certification?
Candidate need to be an ISTQB Foundation Level certified before take up the Agile Tester Extension Certification.
2. What are the exam dates for ISTQB Agile Extension Certification in 2017?
For 2016 exam dates for ISTQB Agile Extension please contact certification board within your country.
3. What are the topics in Agile Tester Extension Certification syllabus?
The following topics are covered under the certification:
  • Fundamentals of Agile software development – The candidate taking up the certification should have an understanding of the fundamental theory and philosophy of Agile which was based on the Agile manifesto. They should understand the advantages of the whole team approach and that of early and regular feedback.
  • The features of Agile development – This topic covers the various approaches to software development under Agile. Candidates should be familiar with the process by which User Stories are created in partnership with product owners, business users and developers. This topic also covers the benefits of process improvement through the use of Retrospection and how continuous integration is useful in Agile projects and how it is implemented. Other aspects covered under this topic are release and iteration planning and the role of the tester in these processes.
  • Testing in traditional and Agile projects – This topics tests the candidates knowledge of the difference that exists in testing in Agile and non-Agile projects. It also covers function and responsibility of testing team/tester in an Agile project and how testing and coding work together in these projects.
  • Testing in Agile projects – This topic tests the knowledge of the candidates in areas related to communication of test status, progress and quality in Agile projects. It covers the work products that are used for this purpose. It also covers the importance of automation testing to manage risks and the testing processes evolution over multiple iterations.
  • Roles and skills of a tester in Agile projects – A tester in an Agile project is expected to know his/her role and the skills that they must processes in order to perform their tasks effectively.
  • Agile testing techniques and methods – Candidates appearing for the certification should be able to recollect details of Behavior Driven Development, Test Driven Development, Acceptance Test Driven Development, test pyramid. They should also have an understanding of testing levels, types and quadrants. They should also be knowledgeable regarding the role of a tester in a Scrum team.
  • Assess product quality risks within an Agile project
  • Estimate testing effort in Agile based on iteration content and quality risks
  • Tools and Techniques in Agile projects – Testers should be able to identify various tools and their use, how and when they are used in Agile projects. They should also be able interpret business requirements for testing activities and be able to explain the acceptance criteria to the business teams. They should be able to come up with Acceptance Test driven development test cases based on the user stories and should also be able to create test cases for both functional and non-functional test. They should also have knowledge of exploratory testing techniques.
4. What is the structure of ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certification?
ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certification contains 40 multiple choice questions which have to be answered in 60 minutes. You have to score 65% in order to pass or clear the exam.
5. Can I take up ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certification now?
This certification might not be available in all countries at the moment. You need to contact the certification board within your country to find out if the exam is actually administered in your country. They will be able to answers queries on availability of the exam, fees, dates etc for the exam.
6. Why should I take the certification, what are the benefits?
If you take up this certification you'll get comprehensive understanding of the Agile Methodology. Nowadays the majority of the companies follow the Agile Process and while hiring the candidates they ask whether he/she has Agile knowledge or not. Now if you will be ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certified then it shows your knowledge of Agile Process to the interviewer which gives you an advantage.