Testing in an Agile Environment

Testing in an Agile Environment


Test analysts, test team leaders, test managers, developers or project managers who wish to understand agile software development practices and how testing fits in.

This course is ideal for testers about to become involved in testing on agile projects.


Delegates are expected to be familiar with the fundamentals of software testing.


3 days.

Lecture presentations are supported by exercises allowing reinforcement of learning and enhancing the understanding process.

Course Objectives

Agile software practices are being employed within many development organisations worldwide. More and more test teams and testers are participating in agile projects or are embedded within agile teams. Learn the fundamentals of agile development, the role of the tester in the agile team, and the agile testing processes. This course prepares you to be a valuable member of an agile development team.

The objectives of this course are to enable delegates to:

  • Understand the need for, and principles of, agile methods.
  • Recognise the constituent parts of Scrum.
  • Understand the role of a tester in agile software development.
  • Take part in iteration planning and make a positive contribution to estimates of size and duration.
  • Be able to write tests based on user stories.
  • Choose appropriate tests and test approaches in an agile development project.

Course Content

Agile Software Development
The Agile Manifesto
Agile Manifesto principles
Defined and empirical processes
Project constraints in agile
An agile approach to projects
Working as one team
Working in short iterations
Delivering each iteration
Focusing on business priorities

Introduction to Scrum
Scrum theory
Starting Scrum
Product Backlog
Sprint planning
Sprint Backlog
Sprint Reviews
Sprint Retrospectives
Daily Scrums
Scrum roles – Scrum-Master, Product Owner, The Team.
Customers and Stakeholders.

Other Agile Approaches
History of agile
eXtreme Programming (XP)
Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM Atern)
Lean Software Development
Disciplined Agile Delivery

User Stories
Requirements gathering
What are user stories?
Levels of detail
Story decomposition
Story elaboration
Backlog grooming
Acceptance criteria
Scenarios, Behaviour Driven Development
User story testability
Defining done

Multiple levels of planning
Backlog prioritisation
Release planning
Iteration planning
Defining test goals and strategies
Agile testing quadrants
Testing techniques

Cone of uncertainty
Agile estimating
Estimating size with story points
Estimation scales
Estimating velocity
Shared estimates
Planning Poker
Affinity Estimation

Testing in Agile
Iteration duration
Pair programming
Test-driven development (TDD)
Quick attacks
Exploratory testing
Risk-based testing
Refactoring and technical debt
Continuous integration and regression testing
Performance testing in an iteration
Security testing
Usability and accessibility testing
Release testing

Virtual Courses

ALL of our courses can be delivered virtually. And our Bath public schedule of courses are now available as live virtual sessions, using the popular Zoom Virtual Classroom and remote labs. Delegates can test their access at: www.zoom.us/test

Public Courses

On-Site Courses

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