It has been a wonderful experience working towards this certification with your training program, and I would give a very high recommendation to any future users. 

-Kay Stanley, CivicPlus






June 2016

Newsletter Issue 52



A Story About User Stories and Test-Driven Development


By Gertrud Bjørnvig, James O. Coplien, and Neil Harrison



Test-Driven Development, or TDD, is a term used for a popular collection of development techniques in wide use in the Agile community. While testing is part of its name, and though it includes tests, and though it fits in that part of the life cycle usually ascribed to unit testing activity, TDD pundits universally insist that it is not a testing technique, but rather a technique that helps one focus one's design thinking. The idea is that you write your tests first, and your code second.


Read this article to explore some subtle pitfalls of TDD that have come out of our experience, our consultancy on real projects (all of the conjectured problems are things we have actually seen in practice), and a bit of that rare commodity called common sense.


The original two-part version of this article about Test Driven Development was published in Better Software Testing.


Enjoy this article in its entirety today click here!



ASTQB Mobile Certified Tester E-learning


As you may know, RBCS' ASTQB Mobile Certified Tester live course was recently released.  Our e-learning version of the course is in high demand and well under development.  It is expected to be released soon.  Purchase your course today to reserve your registration for the course and save $200 off of the regular price of $599.


Visit our store today to take advantage of this limited time offer!

Offer expires on final release of the course.



Complimentary Webinars


Did you miss the complimentary webinar, "Mobile Apps Testing on the Small Screen" on June 1, 2016? Check out what you missed!



Webinar attendees are automatically entered into a drawing to win their choice of one of our green e-learning courses. Congratulations, Betty Kimball, attendee of the May webinar and Linda Calus, attendee of the June webinar, for being selected as the winners of e-learning courses.  Betty Kimball is our first repeat winner!  She has won in the past - pretty amazing considering how many attendees we have!


Register now for our next complimentary webinar, "Hiring Great Testers (update)" on July 12, 2016.


Shop all scheduled upcoming complimentary webinars and sign up today!




ATM Live

Featured Course


ISTQB Advanced Level Test Manager 

July 25-29, 2016

Denver, CO


USD $2,650*




The Advanced Test Manager course, created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and co-author of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board Advanced Syllabus, provides test managers with advanced skills in test estimation, test planning, test monitoring, and test control.

This hands-on course provides test managers with the ability to define the overall testing goals and strategy for the systems being tested and is ideal for test managers preparing for certification. The objectives of the course are as follows:

  • Manage a testing project by implementing the mission, goals and testing processes established for the testing organization
  • Organize and lead risk identification and risk analysis sessions and use the results of such sessions for test estimation, planning, monitoring and control
  • Create and implement test plans consistent with organizational policies and test strategies
  • Continuously monitor and control the test activities to achieve project objectives
  • Assess and report relevant and timely test status to project stakeholders
  • Identify skills and resource gaps in their test team and participate in sourcing adequate resources
  • Identify and plan necessary skills development within their test team
  • Propose a business case for test activities which outlines the costs and benefits expected
  • Ensure proper communication within the test team and with other project stakeholders
  • Participate in and lead test process improvement initiatives

Purchase of the course tuition includes:

  • Complimentary access to the RBCS e-learning course
  • Instructor-led five-day course
  • A set of approximately 500 PowerPoint slides covering the topics to be addressed
  • NEW!! A downloadable copy of the complete note set. View the materials on and/or download the materials to a PC or mobile device. There is no expiration date on access to this valuable resource as they will be downloadable. Digital rights management and intellectual property rights are protected by some limitations such as the inability to share the file with others. Further, while the materials can be printed, each page includes a prominent watermark, with the exception of the pages in the ISTQB Syllabus and Glossary.
  • Foundation Sample Exam Questions and Foundation Level mock exam to provide a review of the Foundation Level exam
  • ISTQB Advanced Level Syllabus Test Manager
  • The latest glossary of terms used in Software Testing produced by members of the ISTQB
  • Standards for Software Testing
  • Advanced Test Manager Sample Exam Questions embedded throughout course. A complete set of questions for every learning objective in the Test Manager module of the ISTQB Advanced Syllabus
  • Exercise solutions
  • Advanced Test Manager Mock Exam
  • Project Source Documents for Course Exercises
  • Choice of ePub format or Amazon Kindle format versions of the supplemental textbook "Advanced Software Testing-Vol.2: Guide to the ISTQB Advanced Certification as an Advanced Test Manager"
  • The $200 certification exam fee. Exams are held on the afternoon of the final course day and are administered by a representative from the American Software Testing Qualifications Board. All attendees of the Advanced Level courses must have successfully completed Foundation Level training and sufficient practical experience. Proof of eligibility is available from the American Software Testing Qualifications Board and is required to take an Advanced exam.
  • Course completion certificate (often used for employer reimbursement)

Accredited by ASTQB December 2012. This course follows the ISTQB Advanced Level Syllabus Test Manager 2012. Click to download your preferred format of the syllabus: PDF format, EPUB (Nook) format or MOBI (Kindle) format.

As always, $200 exam fee included.  Exam administered on the last day of the course.



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