The Knowledge Academy
This course has two complementary objectives: to give participants a good understanding of the basic principles of software testing; and to prepare participants for the ISTQB-ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing. To further these aims, the course features a significant number of exercises and tests and also includes a mock examination.
The ISTQB-ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing examination takes place at the end of the course. It is a one hour, closed book, multiple choice question examination. 40 questions. 4 possible answers to each only one right answer). Pass mark is 26/40.
The Fundamentals of Testing
Why is testing necessary?
How much testing is enough?
What is testing?
Static testing v dynamic testing
The seven testing principles
The fundamental test process
The psychology of testing
Testing code of ethics
Testing Throughout the Lifecycle
Software development models
Component integration testing
System integration testing
Alpha and Beta testing
Retesting v regression testing
Static Test Techniques
Dynamic Test Techniques
The test development process
Black-box v white-box testing
Boundary value analysis
State transition testing
Decision table testing
Use case testing
Statement testing v decision testing
Test estimation, monitoring and control
Tool Support for Testing
Types of test tool
Effective use of tools
Tool selection and implementation
How to become a Business Analyst
Business analysis is the task of understanding business change needs – Assessing the business impact of those changes, capturing, analysing and documenting requirements and supporting the communication and delivery with relevant stakeholders. The Business Analyst is someone who is a part of the business operation and works with IT to improve the quality if the services being delivered.
Businesses need to adapt continually if they are to be successful. The business analyst is the catalyst of these changes, working closely with the business to create innovative solutions to business problems.
The typical deliverables of a Business Analyst could very between; business and functional/non-functional requirements as well as as-is and to-be processes including a business case.
The Business Analyst records requirements a form of management tool, whether it be simple spreadsheet or a complex application.
Areas of business analysis:
Strategic planning - To identify the organisation's business needs
Business model analysis - To define the organisation's policies and market approaches
Process design - To standardise the organisation's workflows
Systems analysis - The interpretation of business rules and requirements for technical systems
You could find yourself in a variation of industries, some including; finance, banking, insurance, telecoms, utilities, software services etc.
To gain a Diploma, candidates must pass four one-hour written examinations on a number of business topics.
There is a combination of core and specialist modules and an oral examination.
There are two types of core modules in the Diploma, these can be gained in any order. You can choose from either “BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice” or “BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering”.
Candidates must also choose one “knowledge-based” module and one “practitioner” module to complete their certificates. You make your choice depending on your own background and preferences. As well as what your organisation requires and the nature of your role(s).
Finally you must sit an oral examination (this lasts for just under an hour). The candidate is required to demonstrate that they can put the competences gained in the written exams into coherent context.
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to become a Business Analyst?