Our featured partner this month is Impimpi. Impimpi Technologies is a wholly owned South African company and
was founded in 2007. Their core competencies include software testing and
quality assurance. Within these domains they offer training, recruiting,
consultation and provide quality testing solutions.
Impimpi customizes testing solutions that address our
clients' individual business risks, thereby ensuring confidence in their
products quality. They believe in solutions that are visible, traceable and that
will measure the return on investment.
Impimpi's passion for education and people's development is visible
during their course presentations. They offer a career development
plan with a mentoring component to help people grow their testing
careers. Their partnership with RBCS Inc. enables them to provide
international accreditation to South African software testers.
We are pleased to announce that our e-learning courses are now
ISTQB Test Engineering Foundation
ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst
US$ 999 *
Managing the Testing Process US$ 999
Assessing Your Test Team
ISTQB Advanced Test Manager
Each course includes three months of on-line access, notesets,
exercises and either sample exam questions (for ISTQB course) or knowledge-check
questions (for other courses). ISTQB courses are written against the latest
ISTQB Foundation and Advanced syllabi released in 2007. Prices shown are
for asynchronous courses (pure e-learning). Blended courses (with a
facilitator) and custom training packages are also available.
*Advanced Test Analyst has been submitted to the American Software
Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) for
ISTQB Certified Tester
April 9-11, Atlanta, GA, Advanced Test Analyst
US$ 2,000. *
April 28-May 1, Richmond, VA, Advanced Test Manager.
Advanced Test Analyst course uses the current set of accredited, Advanced
Functional Tester Materials.
Other Public Courses
April 7-9, Austin, TX, Performance Testing Immersion Workshop.
2008 June to December Courses & the New ISTQB
Advanced Level Syllabus
website for the release of our June to December training schedule. The
ISTQB Advanced Syllabus takes effect in July so all ISTQB Advanced Level
Certified Tester Courses will adhere to the new syllabus and will correspond
with the new exam. Please note that all Advanced Level courses will be 5
days in duration starting in
New Dehli, India
Rex Black will
present at TEST 2008, the first conference being organized by PureConferences in
India. Agility in testing is the theme of the conference and it will
feature keynotes, tutorials, and concurrent paper sessions by renowned test
professionals from around the world including the USA, UK, France, Italy,
Netherlands, Sweden, Israel, and India.
We have big news this month. RBCS is the first training
provider in the world to present an Advanced Test Analyst course against
the new ISTQB Advanced syllabus. So, we'll let you know more about this
major development, including an update to an article I first published back in
2006. We had some other interesting articles and interviews published in
the last few weeks, and we thought you'd like to know about them. From
e-learning to Advanced courses to marathons (again) to interviews and articles,
2008 has been very busy for us.
Why you need it and how to
by Rex Black
[Note: This article originally appeared in Software Test
and Performance magazine and Testing Experience magazine. In honor of the groundbreaking release
of the RBCS Advanced Test Analyst course, Rex Black has updated the figures and
facts in this article as of March 2008.]
If you're a
professional tester, test manager, quality assurance staff member, or programmer
responsible for testing your own code, you have already discovered that, far
from being trivial and straightforward, testing is hard. There's a lot to know. Unfortunately, most practitioners tend
to carry out testing as if it were 1978, not 2008. Common practices lag best practices by
around 30 years. ISTQB
certification is about raising common practices to the level of best
are a tester on a project to develop a new system at your company. Somebody e-mails you some screen
prototypes with notes that describe the input and output ranges for each field,
the actions taken based on particular inputs, and the possible states associated
with key objects managed by the system.
Would you know how to start designing tests for such a system? ISTQB
certified testers do.
are a programmer on the same project.
You are using a newly purchased tool to help generate and execute unit
tests on your code. It reports the
statement, branch, condition, and multicondition decision coverage achieved by
the tests, and flags constructs that were not tested. Would you know how to create additional
tests for the uncovered constructs?
ISTQB certified testers do.
are a test manager on this project.
After four weeks of testing, the project manager asks you, "Based on
testing so far, what are the remaining risks to the quality of the system?" Would you know how to do risk-based test
status reporting? ISTQB certified
certified testers know how to do these things and more because they have
mastered the topics laid out in one or more of the ISTQB syllabi. They feel confident that they have
mastered these topics, and can prove to others that they have, because they have
passed one or more of the ISTQB recognized examinations, rigorously developed to
check each examinee's abilities to recall, understand, and apply key testing
In this article, I will explain how the ISTQB certification
program works. You'll become
familiar with the Foundation and Advanced syllabi, and you'll know where to find
online copies of each so you can learn more. I'll tell you how you can prepare for
the exam, laying out options from self-guided
self-study to attending courses.
I'll discuss the exams and what to expect when taking them.
is the ISTQB Program?
In a nutshell, any tester certification
program worth your consideration should confirm, through objective, carefully
designed examinations, your professional capabilities. Not only does the ISTQB program do so,
it is also practical and real-world focused. We address only concepts that you can
apply to your work. We support your
career path by providing levels of certification that correspond to your
experience and roles. Further, we
promote and advance software testing as a profession, not merely an ancillary
role on a software development team.
So far, the
ISTQB program might sound like other tester certification programs you've heard
of. Here are a couple unique
characteristics. First, the ISTQB
syllabi are developed by working groups composed of worldwide experts in the
field of software testing, including practitioners, consultants, trainers, and
academics. Thus, at each level of
the program, you are guided by the distilled wisdom of over 100 experts. Second, while the ISTQB accredits
certain training courses, there is no requirement to take expensive training or
to purchase pricey study guides.
You are free to take the exam with as much or as little help as you
To read this article in its entirety, visit the
page, Basic Articles, section and click on
the article name.
Recommended Software Testing Magazine
The first version of the article "ISTQB Certification: Why you need
it and how to get it" was originally published in a new magazine,
Testing Experience, dedicated to software testing and quality
assurance. Click on the link above to check out the first
Some of you may have heard Rex's sayings over the years. We
decided to coin them "Rexisms" for your reading pleasure. So here they are to
ponder - some useful aphorisms to help you plan, prepare, perform, and perfect
your testing activities, compiled from over a quarter-century of software and
systems engineering experience.
"Formal test design techniques are useful, but never let a test design
technique get the in way of a good testing idea."
"Testing should be a lot more than just a geeky bug hunt."
"Avoid finding large numbers of
trivial bugs while missing the important ones, as that feeds the negative
management perception of testers as a bunch of nitpicky, beside-the-point,
the World's First Live and E-Learning Versions of ISTQB Certified Tester
Advanced Test Analyst *
We are proud to announce
the launch of the of our ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Test Analyst
Course. On March 3, 2008, we ran the first Advanced Test Analyst Course
(formerly Functional Tester), in partnership with Software Education, in New
Zealand. On that same day, our e-learning version of the same course was
launched, with a class of over 20 enrolled.
over 3,500 smart test professionals worldwide have obtained ISTQB Foundation and
Advanced certification with the help of RBCS training materials, both through
RBCS and its international partners and licensees. For more information on
how to register for one of our courses, visit www.rbcs-us.com.
has been submitted to the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB)
Where Software Testing Is and Where It's
Rex Black, RBCS and ISTQB President, was interviewed by the IEEE recently
about where software testing is and where it's going. The
interview includes highlights from Google's test approach and comments by
Watts Humphreys. Read the interview in "Currents: trends, people,
Runs the Austin Marathon!
Congratulations, Rex, for running and finishing the
AT&T Austin Marathon in February! What's