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Introduction to Testing

This is a one-day course aimed at introducing people to software testing. The material has been developed to be consistent with the syllabi of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), so the course can be used either as preparation for the ISTQB Foundation course, or “stand-alone” for those not yet interested in gaining a formal qualification.

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This course will allow you to gain a clear overview of the major considerations that underlie “good testing”. Get confident in the essentials you need in order to get started in an exciting and challenging career in software testing, or get up to date on current practises in line with the teachings of ISTQB and the British Computer Society.

Want to gain a certification? Read more about the ISTQB Foundation Certificate.

Introduction to Testing

£TBC per delegate

The course is run over 1 day and includes all course materials. Lunch and refreshments are provided for some onsite courses. Please check course details for further information.

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    Who should attend

    • Those new to Software Testing
    • Business and system analysts who prepare requirements specifications
    • Users with no formal training or experience in testing
    • Managers (project, development, business, I.T. etc.) who are likely to be involved in the management of testing

    Exam Details

    No exam for this course.


    • To explain what “testing” means, and the reasons why it’s necessary
    • To outline a generic process for testing software, and place it into the context of different types of software project
    • To consider the economic advantages and practical applications of using testing to assure good quality, rather than merely measuring actual quality
    • To understand management considerations in the conduct of testing activities
    • To understand the basics of several common test techniques
    • To know and understand many elements of the technical terminology of testing.

    "I just wanted to say many, many thanks for all your help, advice and guidance you gave on the course".

    Test Manager, Law Firm

    Course Content & Agenda

    The course is presented as six modules: Module 1: Fundamentals of testing Module 2: Testing throughout the lifecycle Module 3: Static techniques Module 4: Test design techniques Module 5: Test management Module 6: Tool support for testing

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    Why is testing necessary

    What is testing

    General testing principles

    Fundamental test process

    Psychology of testing

    Testing throughout the lifecycle Artboard 1 copy 4

    Software development modules

    Test levels

    Test types: the targets of testing

    Maintenance testing

    Static techniques Artboard 1 copy 4

    Review and the test process

    Review process

    Static analysis by tools

    Test design techniques Artboard 1 copy 4

    Identifying test conditions and designing test cases

    Categories of test design technique

    Specification-based or black box techniques

    Structure-based or white box techniques

    Experienced-based techniques

    Choosing test techniques

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    Test organisation

    Test planning and estimation

    Test progress monitoring and control

    Configuration management

    Risk and testing

    Incident management

    Tool support for testing Artboard 1 copy 4

    Types of test tool

    Effective use of tools - potential benefits and risks

    Introducing a tool into an organisation

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