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Fundamentals of Software Testing

Course Details
Code: 2515
Tuition (USD): $1,495.00 • Classroom (2 days)

Testing is a critical role in software development that requires special skills and knowledge that are not commonly taught to software developers, business analysts and project managers. This often results in insufficient time and resources being allocated for this important function, and quality sufferas do the users of the software. Equally important is the need to measure quality quickly and efficiently because limitations in resources and schedules are realities that aret going away. Enhancing the professionalism of everyone involved in software testing will make them effective contributors to teams that deliver high, proven-quality software.

Fundamentals of Software Testing provides an eye-opening view into this challenging task based on several sources of industry best practice. It provides a complete picture of the testing process, how it fits into the development life cycle, how to properly scope and prioritize testing activities, and what techniques to use for optimal results. Students come away with many ideas that they can apply in their own projects to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of testing efforts.

Skills Gained

  • Develop a model of the application
  • Use their model to determine test coverage
  • Identify test oracles for the application
  • Create test cases based on the oracles
  • Run their tests against the live application
  • A deep-dive into the Universal Testing Method
  • Look at testing phases, testing approaches, non-functional testing, and testing for different platforms
  • An introduction to automation testing and behavior-driven development

Who Can Benefit

  • Testers of all types and levels
  • Other disciplines who perform their own testing or are involved in testing
  • Quality Assurance Professionals
  • Test Management
  • QA Managers
  • QA Directors
  • Software Engineers
  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • IT Specialists (Security, Capacity Management, Networkin)
  • Business Stakeholders
  • Outsourcer Staff (Buyers and Suppliers)
  • Application Development Managers

Course Details

1. Introduction and Overview

2. What to Test and How to Test It-The Universal Testing Method

  • Modeling the testing space
  • Determining test coverage
  • Determining test oracles
  • Determining test procedures
  • Configuring the test system
  • Operating the test system
  • Observing the test system
  • Evaluating testing results
  • Reporting test results

3. Common Phases of Testing

  • Characteristics of the six common phases of software testing
    • Who typically performs the tests
    • The scope of the tests
    • Common tools used to perform the tests
    • Useful techniques and practices
    • What the phase addresses well
    • What the phase often misses
  • Test phases and contexts
    • Unit testing
    • Integration testing
    • System testing
    • Regression testing
    • Acceptance testing
    • Alpha/Beta testing
    • The V-Model for software testing
    • Testing phases in an agile project

4. Approaches to Testing

  • The testing approach continuum
  • Scripted testing
  • Exploratory testing
  • Scenarios, checklists, and charters
  • Structuring tester interaction

5. Non-Functional Testing

  • Usability
  • Accessibility
  • Performance, scalability, and capacity
  • Security testing
  • Internationalization and localization
  • Compatibility and portability
  • Maintainability and supportability
  • Testability
  • Disaster recovery / business continuity

6. Platform Specialization

  • Mobile
  • Web
  • Cloud
  • Package implementations (COTS)
  • SOA
  • Data warehouse and business intelligence
  • Telephony and voice

7. Test Automation (Bonus Section)

  • Automation types
  • Web automation demonstration
  • Challenges of automation
  • Optimizing automation efforts
  • Tool selection process

8. Behavior Driven Development (BDD) and Test Driven Development (TDD) (Bonus Section)

  • BDD and TDD defined
  • Feature files and the Gherkin language
  • Gherkin tools for different languages

9. Special Niche Testing Areas

  • Sequencing
  • Beyond Functional Validation Confirmation
  • Testing Targets

10. Supporting World-Class Test Success

Exercise 10: As a capstone wrap-up exercise, an example test scenario will bepresented. You will formulate a complete plan of attack including budget,resource requirements, approach, task and deliverable execution, and analternative (Plan B) to deal with potential adverse situations.

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