Agile Testing

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By using a step-by-step approach this 2-day program will introduce you to high speed methods and technologies that can be relied upon to deliver speed and optimum flexibility. Learning the goals of Agile will help you transition, implement and monitor testing in the High Speed Agile Testing environment so that you can immediately step from the classroom into the office with new found confidence.

Agile principles add value to your organization.
Building on traditional risk-based test practice we are now challenged by incremental delivery. To address, and not inhibit, we examine the concept of pair testing. Strengthening relationships in a team setting, helps to build a sense of common purpose. Working in parallel eliminates hand-offs, late stage testing, and an opportunity for incremental confirmed component delivery. This program builds on what we know, and adapts to what we have… Agile delivery. Traditional methods become a barrier under new development methods and place further pressure on the test team to feel a sense of value compromise. Agile testing opens new areas of opportunity to build strength in product quality, process improvement and test confidence.


Learn to transition to Agile testing practices across the entire release cycle.
Despite changes in methods and approaches, we continue to slide back into old test habits. Often we leave methods behind, rather than transition from them. We throw everything away and do a wholesale replacement without putting to bed the reasons for change. Most testing works, but only within the development context that it was framed. The program will reflect traditional against Agile testing, what changes we must make and the role that we will play. Testing is not a service, but an integrated part of the development team.


Acquire the practical skills and knowledge to successfully test an Agile software project.
This 2-day course will introduce you to Agile testing methods, and explore their use so that you can immediately step from the classroom into the office with new found confidence. We will discuss the roles, methods, tools and technologies that can be relied upon to deliver speed and optimum flexibility. You will start to feel a new sense of flexibility, confidence and enthusiasm (maybe for the first time in your entire development career).

What you will learn:

  • Understand the key differences between traditional and Agile testing practices
  • Learn about the different quadrants of Agile testing and how they are used to support the team and critique the product
  • Get exposed to the different levels of test automation and understand what the right mix is to accelerate testing
  • Operate in a time constrained development cycle without losing testable value
  • Capitalize on test development through use & reuse management
  • Integrate team testing into Agile projects
  • Engage stakeholders in quality trade-off decision-making
  • Coach story card contributors in test case construction
  • Gain exposure to automation support opportunities

This course will demonstrate how traditional test practices impede the speed of software delivery and how an Agile testing approach enhances delivery speed and improves overall quality. Learning the goals of Agile will help you transition, implement and monitor testing in an Agile testing environment.


  1. Learn about effective Agile testing and quality practices to improve software quality delivery.
  2. Understand the various quadrants associated with software testing and the difference between business facing and technology facing testing.
  3. Get exposure to Unit Testing and Test Driven Development techniques to improve the process of ‘building it right.’
  4. Learn how to improve how you do acceptance and functional testing to verify you are ‘building the right thing.’
  5. Embrace Continuous Integration to accelerate defect detection and correction and lower integration costs.
  6. Learn high-speed testing techniques to address risk.
  7. Understand how to transition your traditional testing methods to an Agile test approach.
  8. Address risk as a foundation for project delivery and use it to focus resources.
  9. Understand how much and where to thin your test process for speed without loss of certainty.
  10. Develop the skills and the team to effectively conduct Exploratory testing.
  11. Learn how to utilize defect and delivery knowledge as a means of a rapid Pareto base that can be relied upon by testers, development teams and management.
  12. Acquire appreciation for the role of automation as an expedient support tool.
  13. Understand the concept of Pairwise testing and how a subset of our test suite, when pragmatically developed, can return a higher confidence yield.
  14. Get exposure to a proper understanding of the Agile team role and how it places a challenge on traditional, end-stage service delivery.
  15. Discover low cost and highly effective tools for the tracking and managing of testing resources across the entire development team.
  16. Get exposure to collaborative development vehicles to facilitate test resource coordination (SharePoint,Wikis, Agile project tools…).
  17. Embrace User Stories and how these micro requirement documents bear significant contributory value for testers.
  18. Develop an approach that will ensure regression test capabilities arising from the Agile testing enterprise.
  19. Understand the value of ‘chunks’ as a way of managing work delivery and facilitate result summation.
  20. Learn about open source and commercial tools that should/could be used to support testers.
  21. Become aware of the shift in roles in the development-test-business owner community and how collaborative delivery makes sense.
  22. Learn how to improve the requisite skill sets you and your team will need to become truly adaptable and agile.

Who should attend:

  • Quality Analysts & Engineers
  • Software Test Leads & Testers
  • Software Quality & Testing Managers
  • Software Project Managers
  • Software Engineering Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Software Development Managers
  • IT Managers
  • Programmers/Developers

Course Outline:

I. Agile Testing
We will discuss the testing and it’s role in software quality. Quality is the collective responsibility of the team from business analyst to developer to tester to customer. Traditional waterfall “over-the-wall testing” can be inefficient and frustrating. We will discuss typical challenges and pitfalls in this traditional approach and start to contrast how Agile Teams test differently.

  • Poor Quality creates Drag
  • Integrating the Team into an Agile Testing mindset
  • Understand hard & soft constraints to adopting Agile Testing
  • Getting the Customer to participate in Quality decisions


II. Testing Practices
The benefits that various types of testing provide to the team will be reviewed. Additional discussion will focus on the how and what to automate to shorten feedback cycles.

  • Testing Quadrants
  • Automation
  • Unit Tests
  • Integration Tests
  • Acceptance Tests
  • Functional Tests


III. Quality Practices
Understanding that getting feedback is as important as testing. We will discuss techniques that provide feedback on the quality of software and the effectiveness of the process.

  • Pairing & Collaboration
  • Inspections
  • Reviews
  • Demos


IV. Unit Testing & Test Driven Development (TDD)
We will introduce Unit Testing and Test Driven Development. The benefits and process of TDD and how it can lead to better overall design and simplicity and engage the Developer in the test processing will be discussed.

  • Unit Testing Principles
  • Test First vs. Test Last
  • Unit Testing Legacy Applications
  • TDD Rhythm: Red, Green, Refactor
  • TDD influence on Design
  • Supporting Continuous Refactoring


V. Continuous Integration
The concept of Continuous Integration and the CI Attitude will be discussed. Continuous Integration provides an essential role in maintaining a continuous process for providing feedback to the team.

  • Discuss the Attitude of Continuous Integration
  • Benefits & Practices of Continuous Integration
  • Continuous Feedback
  • Continuous Builds
  • Continuous Inspections
  • Continuous Testing
  • Continuous Deployments


VI. Acceptance Testing
The discipline of Acceptance Testing can lead to better collaboration with both the customer and the team. Automating Acceptance Tests can provide an invaluable tool to support the creation higher quality software and continue to support the team from story to story and sprint to sprint.

  • Acceptance Criteria
  • Writing Acceptance Tests
  • Acceptance Test Driven Development
  • Automating Acceptance Tests
  • Behavior Driven Development


VII. Functional Testing Web Applications & Web Services
As we develop a functioning application we can perform higher-level and coarser grained functional tests. Functional testing software, web applications and web services will be explored.

  • Functional Testing Applications
  • Testing Web Applications
  • Testing Web Services


VIII. Hands-on Critiquing the Product
Everything can’t be automated, nor should it. We will discuss manual technique that will help us critique the product and provide valuable feedback. We will discuss when and how these testing techniques should be used effectively.

  • Exploratory Testing
  • Scenario Testing
  • Usability Testing
  • User Acceptance Testing


IX. Using Tools to Test Complexity and Critique the Product
Tools can be used to testing complex, critical attributes of the software. We will discuss when and tools should be used to test the complex, critical qualities of software.

  • Performance & Load Testing
  • “ility” Testing
  • Security Testing


X. High-Speed Testing Techniques
We’ll introduce some techniques that can speed the testing process and provide faster feedback to the team and customer.

  • Risk Based Testing
  • Pairwise Testing
  • Pareto Technique


XI. Iterating to Testing Agility
How do we ever get there? We will discuss pragmatic techniques to iterate your team and organization to Testing Agility. We will discuss and craft a roadmap for your team and organization based off the practices and techniques discussed.

  • Prioritize regularly
  • Realize Constraints
  • Challenge Constraints
  • Keep moving forward
  • Automate, Automate, Automate
  • Roadmap & Planning


This course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses. If you are interested in attending this or another course as open enrollment, please contact us at (410)956-8805 or at and indicate the course name and number of students who wish to participate. ATI typically schedules courses with a lead time of 3-5 months. Group courses can be presented at your facility. For on-site pricing, request an on-site quote. You may also call us at (410)956-8805 or email us at

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