The course consists of four days in the classroom, where the split is around 50% theory/classroom discussion and 50% practical workshops and team exercises that take delegates through the activities of a typical agile project. The exam takes place on Day 5.
There are no mandatory pre-requisites for CAT, but we do recommend you have some experience of testing as the course assumes some knowledge and will not teach basic testing knowledge, such as fundamentals of testing, test case specification or testing terminology. Ideal candidates are:
- Testing practitioners moving into Agile projects to perform testing activities
- Individuals already performing testing activities in an Agile project who wish to increase their effectiveness
- Individuals who are interested in the testing activities with Agile, such as Managers, SCRUM Masters and Developers.
Those attending the course will be familiar with and have practical experience of the following:
- Basic testing terminology and the activities associated with the fundamental test process
- The differences between functional and non-functional testing, including the concepts of Performance and Usability
- Practical application of the following test design techniques: EP, BVA, State Transition Testing, Decision Table Testing and Exploratory Testing
The CAT Foundation level course prepares delegates for the three part examination that must all be passed to gain the qualification. The course introduces experienced testers to the practices they will need to understand and use to be effective team members and testers on an agile project.
Designed as a very interactive course, delegates have the opportunity to discuss and share their experiences with others and to extend their knowledge of testing in agile projects. Practical exercises based on a complete agile life cycle are used to help delegates to put learning and their knowledge in to practice throughout the course. Delegate’s soft skills are assessed throughout the course based on their contributions to the classroom discussions and practical exercises. The information provided by classroom discussion and homework will prepare delegates for the written exam on Day 5. The skills developed in the practical exercises will prepare delegates for the practical assessment on Day 5.
At the end of the course, successful delegates will be able to:
- Understand the principles behind the Agile approach to software development
- Differentiate between the testing role in Agile projects compared with the role of testers in non-agile projects
- Contribute positively as an Agile team member focused on testing
- Appreciate the challenges and difficulties associated with the non-testing activities performed in an Agile team
- Demonstrate a range of soft skills required by effective Agile team members
- Understand: To give delegates an understanding of the testing role within an Agile project
- Provide: To provide delegates with information about Agile projects and how they differ from traditional projects
- Enable: To enable delegates to effectively apply practical skills associated with the testing role on an Agile project
- Certify: To enable people to sit the exam and gain accreditation as a ‘Certified Agile Tester’
Syllabus - Key points
The course consists of four days in the classroom, where the split is around 50% theory and 50% practical workshops and exercises that take you through what happens on a typical agile project. The running order of the course is:
- Everyday: Daily Scrum and Soft Skills Assessment
- Day 1: History and Terminology: Agile Manifesto, Principles and Methods
- Day 2: Planning, Requirements, Estimation and Strategy
- Day 3: Developer Context, Testing and Retrospectives
- Day 4: Test Driven Development, Test Automation and Non-Functional
- Day 5: Soft Skills Assessment and Practical and Written Exams