ISTQB Advanced Test Manager

This follows on from the ISTQB Foundation level.

It is aimed at those experienced in software testing, with a need to know more about test management.

Exam fee - US $250 - read more below.

  • 1. Testing Process

    This chapter extends the knowledge-base from the Foundation level from the perspective of the Test Manager.  It covers - Test Planning, Monitoring and Control; Test Analysis; Test Design; Test Implementation; Test Execution; Evaluating Exit Criteria and Reporting  and Test Closure Activities.

  • 2. Test Management

    This chapter describes different contexts within which Test Managers work. It covers - managing Non-Functional Testing; managing Experience-Based Testing; Risk-Based Testing; Test Prioritization and Effort Allocation; Test Documentation (Test Policy; Test Strategy; Master and Level Test Plans); Project Risk Management; Test Estimation; Defining and Using Test Metrics; Business Value of Testing; Distributed, Outsourced, and Insourced Testing and managing the Application of Industry Standards.

  • 3. Reviews

    This chapter describes the role of a Test Manager in conducting Reviews.  It covers - Management Reviews and Audits; Managing Reviews; Metrics for Reviews
    and Managing Formal Reviews.

  • 4. Defect Management

    This chapter covers - The Defect Lifecycle and the Software Development Lifecycle Defect Workflow and States; Managing Invalid and Duplicate Defect Reports and Cross-Functional Defect Management.

  • 5. Improving the Test Process

    A key responsibility of a Test Manager is to seek out efficiency gains in testing. This chapter describes the following methodologies for test process improvement - the Test Maturity Model (TMMi); The Test Process Improvement Model (TPI Next); the Critical Testing Process model (CTP) and the Systematic Test and Evaluation Process (STEP).

  • 6. Test Tools and Automation

    This chapter describes various options for tools. It covers  - Proprietary, Open-Source and Custom tools; Tool Selection; calculating the Return on the Investment; the Tool Lifecycle and Tool Metrics.

  • 7.People Skills

    This chapter takes a look at the skills generally required in testing teams.  It covers - Individual Skills; Test Team Dynamics; Fitting Testing Within an Organization; Motivation and Communication.

Exam Preparation Options

You can prepare for the exam via self-study or through an accredited training provider.

The former has the obvious benefit of potentially being more cost-effective in monetary terms.

The latter however can be a more efficient use of your time, with courses typically being 5 days long, taught by trainers knowledgeable in both the content and exam styles.

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