Join an Elite Group: ISTQB Certified Expert Test Managers

I hope you are excited to get started with 2017. For those of you who've achieved an Advanced Test Manager certification, consider achieving one or more Expert Test Manager certifications in 2017. 

I won’t lie to you, these exams are tough. You earn Expert Test Manager certificates through hard work, not luck or mere memorization. When you do receive an Expert Test Manager certificate, this achievement places you in an exceptionally elite group of ISTQB certified testers. So far, fewer than 500 people worldwide have one or more Expert Test Manager certificates, compared to about 500,000 Foundation certificates and about 100,000 Advanced certificates. 

RBCS will provide broad support for all three Expert Test Manager exams in 2017, through the following channels:

  • Live, instructor lead on-site and public courses
  • Licensing of our courseware to international partners
  • Virtual classes and boot camps

You can find more information about these offerings here. In addition, I have a book on the Expert Test Manager syllabus coming out, with co-authors James Rommens and Leo van der Aalst.

Please contact us if you’d like further information about our Expert Test Manager offerings for 2017. We have an Expert Test Manager Strategic Module boot camp coming up later this month, and you can find the details here. We'd love to see you there.

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Top-tier ISTQB and ASTQB Live Training in the US

If you want to attend a top-tier ISTQB and/or ASTQB training course in the US, we've got you covered. See some of our current offerings here. I teach many of these courses personally, so I hope to see you there.

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Achieving Consensus on the Direction for Testing

The arrow points the way...

Testers need to collaborate with other project stakeholders on what to test, but all too often attempts to allow stakeholder input on this question are like taking turns driving on a road trip when there's no agreed destination, or, worse yet, allowing random stakeholders to grab the steering wheel while the test manager is trying to drive. Analytical risk-based testing, the way I do it, results in a clear, transparent, accessible roadmap for testing that leads to an agreed destination.

If you need help getting risk-based testing in place in your organization, let us know. We have a variety of resources available, from free videos and webinars to training courses and consulting.

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Virtual Training. Real Certificates. Measurable Improvements.

As 2017 approaches and even arrives, it's time to figure out smart, affordable ways to get the training and certifications you need to improve yourself and your abilities in the coming year. We are here to help. Find options here. Still not sure what you need? Contact us for an in-depth discussion about how we can support your training needs. From individual training all the way up to enterprises licenses to train thousands, we have you covered.

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Another in the Monthly Free Webinar Series, Another E-learning Winner

Congratulations to Todd Hunkins who attended this month's free webinar on Agile Testing in the Real World and won the free e-learning drawing. People keep asking, "What's the catch?" Really, there isn't a catch. Through our free webinars and e-learning give-aways, we're trying to convince you that RBCS should be your first choice anytime you are looking for software testing and quality related consulting, training, or expert services. See for yourself. Sign up for next month's free webinar, conveniently scheduled for January 11, attend, and you could win the free e-learning.

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Hope It Doesn't Drive You Nuts, But We've Moved the Psychopolitics Webinar!

Due to a schedule conflict and to make the webinar more accessible to a wider audience, we've moved our next monthly webinar to January 11.

While much of testing and test management involves rational decision-making, measuring quality and providing testing services to the team, there are realms of the test manager’s job where psychology meets politics to form psychopolitics. In this webinar, drawn from three decades of industry experience and materials in my best-selling book Managing the Testing Process, 3e, I'll discuss how psychology and politics can collide to make the test manager’s job…interesting. Join in the discussion after the initial presentation with your own questions and stories about testing psychology, testing politics, and plain ol’ psycho-politics!

This webinar is offered at two times for your convenience. You can register for The Psychopolitics of Test Management on Jan 11, 2017 1:00 PM CST here or you can regsiter for The Psychopolitics of Test Management on Jan 11, 2017 8:30 PM CST here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Oops, We Goofed

We had a typo in our promo last week.  Did you see it? It wasn't a big deal but we are testers! We're making up for our oversight. Our 20% discount is now 25%!

Enroll in any 2017 RBCS virtually delivered, publicly delivered, or e-learning course and receive 25% off of tuition. Go to our marketplace, click on your preferred course delivery method(s), select your course(s), add it to your cart, and enter the code 2017QA20EXT into the promo code field to receive your discount. Certification courses and non-certification courses included!

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Oh Get Real. (Real Agile in the Real World, That Is.)

A majority of software development organizations have adopted Agile methods, but testing in Agile projects remains a major challenge. However, some of these organizations have found practical ways to integrating testing into Agile lifecycles. In this webinar, Rex will address challenges and opportunities associated with Agile, different ways of adapting Agile lifecycles and the testing within those lifecycles, and how Agile differs from traditional lifecycles. We’ll examine tools and metrics for Agile projects. We’ll address whether Agile can be used for outsourced projects. We’ll look at different options for organizing test teams on Agile projects, and why only some of these options can work. Rex will offer his thoughts on Agile and quality, and what skills and personalities work best in Agile projects. In this updated free webinar, Rex will discuss these points and more, giving you a better shot at Agile testing success.

This webinar is offered at two times  You can register for Agile Testing in the Real World (update) on Dec 28, 2016 1:00 PM CST at:

Alternative, register for Agile Testing in the Real World (update) on Dec 28, 2016 8:30 PM CST at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Quality Workers of San Antonio, Unite!

Testers, SDETs, and quality pros in the San Antonio area, check out SAQAF. You can find more information on the SAQAF Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

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Without Feedback, There Is No Improvement

Some people advocate not tracking bugs found during testing. Here's a question for them: How do you intend to measure and improve the quality capabilities of the software engineering process without feedback on defects? Remember, as the saying goes, the odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it.

If you need help getting your bug tracking system in order, or if you need help improving your software engineering process based on the bugs you've already tracked, let us know.  We can help.

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