Testing training

Enhance your testing knowledge and capability

We’ve been delivering a range of testing training courses since 2002

From ISTQB-BCS, Test Automation and Agile training to Master classes in Risk-Based, Requirements and Exploratory Testing, our courses are specifically designed to improve and/or enhance your testing knowledge and overall testing capability and include:

  • Flexible, cost effective, learning options to improve testing skills
  • A blended learning portfolio that encompasses industry accredited qualifications, techniques and approaches as well as soft skills
  • A variety of delivery options - on-site and hosted classroom training
  • Highly experienced testing trainers with extensive testing and industry knowledge
  • Lifetime guarantee - if we train you, we support you! Our trainers will continue to be available for advice to anyone who has taken training from Sopra Steria, long after the course has ended

ISTQB-BCS Qualifications

Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL)

For testers, test team leaders, developers, business analysts and anyone wishing to gain the ISTQB-BCS Foundation Certificate in Software Testing. This course, which we have been delivering since 2002, covers the ISTQB foundation syllabus using lecture sessions, exercises, practice exams and games to highlight key aspects of the syllabus to assist the delegate in the understanding of the concepts and methods presented. The afternoon of day three is dedicated to revision including a full sample paper taken under exam conditions. On the morning of the fourth day you will sit the ISTQB-BCS multiple choice exam.

In the last 12 months our training courses have produced a first-time pass rate of over 95%. Candidates needed to achieve 26/40 i.e. 65% to pass the exam - our average pass mark is 32/40 i.e. 80% (which would be a distinction if these applied at the Foundation level).

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ISTQB-BCS Advanced Test Analyst

Sopra Steria offer public and client courses for Advanced Test Analyst, Advanced Technical Test Analyst and Advanced Test Manager certificates as public courses and also for clients. The change to the 2012 syllabus now means each of the certificates has its own syllabus rather than a single common syllabus as previously.

There are three separate multiple-choice exams with a certificate for each. The length of these courses, and the exams, has changed in line with the new syllabus and is now as follows:

  • ISTQB-BCS Advanced Test Manager* [5 days + 3 hour exam (65 Questions)]
  • ISTQB-BCS Advanced Test Analyst Certificate* [4 days + 3 hour exam (60 Questions)]
  • ISTQB-BCS Advanced Technical Test Analyst [3 days + 2 hour exam (45 Questions)]

* Both of these courses run in two formats – consecutive training days and also 'day-at-a-time' which also includes a revision day. See the training schedule for details.

Our timetable for these courses normally schedules the exam for the morning of the first working day of the week after the delivery of the course content itself. We used this approach for all courses against the old syllabus and the opportunity it offers for additional revision and preparation for the exam was much appreciated by all the delegates. It also helps ensure people arrive refreshed and relaxed rather than adding it on to the end of several (full) days of intensive study.

The expectation is in the future anyone taking the Advanced Technical Test Analyst course will normally take the Advanced Test Analyst course first but this is not mandatory.

We license the advanced materials from our long-term training partner, Grove Consultants, and have been primary licensee reviewers of their new materials.

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Influencing Skills For Testers

In today's highly competitive IT marketplace, the demands on IT service deliverers, including Software Testers, to make a personal impact which significantly influences customer decisions is business critical.

In particular, the following capability areas will help people differentiate themselves and achieve greater results:

  • Recognition of the different needs of customers and colleagues in formulating ways of working for mutual benefit
  • Raised awareness of the need to create buy-in and commitment to ideas on the basis of win-win
  • Willingness to invest time and effort in developing key customer and colleague relationships
  • Conscious awareness of and choice in using a wide range of influencing styles to achieve required outcomes
  • Awareness of personal impact on others and adapting this dependent on feedback
  • Sustaining and embedding improved impact and influencing practices on the job

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Web Testing

Web Functionality Testing

While many of the traditional concepts of software testing still hold true, Web and eBusiness applications have a different risk profile to other, more mature, controlled environments. A Web tester may have to deal with shorter release cycles, constantly changing technology, complex software and hardware architectures and an unknown user base that could run into millions.

Many testers and test managers are being asked to make the transition from testing traditional client/server, PC, and/or mainframe environments to testing rapidly changing and complex websites. This training course seeks to help those making this transition by explaining these new technologies and suggesting test cases and techniques that can be included in a website's navigation, functional, usability, and compatibility test plans.

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Web Performance and Security Testing

Many organisations are seeking to deploy mission-critical websites/applications that are intended to attract large numbers of visitors, often with significant revenue associated with the activity. This training course seeks to help developers, testers and test managers already experienced in testing small-scale websites understand the technologies needed to make websites more scalable, secure, and reliable.

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Requirements and Traceability Masterclass

Created by our team of highly skilled Consultants to supplement and enhance existing practices in areas detailed below:

  • Requirements overview
  • Why are they so critical to a project's success?
  • Requirements management
  • The cost of faults
  • Where to test requirements
  • The 10-point check
  • Putting it into practice
  • Overview of requirements traceability
  • Types of traceability
  • Traceability techniques
  • Tools
  • Summary

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Risk-Based Testing Masterclass (1 or 2 days)

Created by our team of highly skilled consultants to supplement and enhance existing practices in areas detailed below:

  • The basics
  • Risk and risk management, risk-based testing, RBT Benefits
  • How to do it, MoSCoW, Boston Matrix, risk-based requirements analysis (risk register)
  • Risk scoring
  • Some RBT examples
  • Practical exercises
  • Risk-based reporting
  • Watch out for...

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Exploratory Testing Masterclass (1 or 2 days)

This masterclass gives an overview of Exploratory Testing in terms of what it is, how it works and the management technique of using Session-Based Test Management (or SBTM) to carry it in alongside scripted testing or as an alternative approach. It draws heavily from the work of James Bach but factors in our own experience of using this powerful approach that is based around simultaneous learning, design and execution of tests:

  • What it is (and isn't)
    • Principles, structure, documentation
  • The importance of context
  • How to do it
    • Heuristics
    • Assessing Risk
    • Exploratory test dynamics
    • Exploratory test design
  • Managing exploratory testing (SBTM)
    • Session based testing
    • Use of tools
    • Reporting
  • Getting value from exploratory testing
    • Targeting
    • Blending
    • Demonstrating

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Estimating Masterclass

Created by our team of highly skilled consultants to enhance existing practices and includes:

  • What is test estimation
  • How to pull together an estimate with very little information
  • How does estimation link to requirements, traceability and RUP/UML
  • An example of an estimation model

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Application Security Testing Masterclass

Created by our team of highly skilled consultants to supplement and enhance existing practices in these areas:

  • Security fundamentals
  • Current threat environment
  • The application security problem
  • Application security good practice
  • Software assurance

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Agile Masterclass

Testing in an agile development environment is significantly different from 'traditional' testing. This masterclass explains how it is different and highlights the key challenges testers and test managers will face as well as providing advice on how to ensure your testing meets these challenges. This course includes:

  • Agile method definitions, SCRUM and other techniques
  • Agile projects and the difficulties of pure agile testing in a non-agile environment
  • The agile testing process
  • The agile testing kitbag
  • Potential pitfalls

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Behavioural and Consultancy Masterclass

Created by our team of highly skilled Consultants to provide skills to make you a better consultant and includes:

  • Selling consultancy
  • Strengths – values, collateral and the team
  • Becoming a trusted advisor
  • Consultancy skills & team dynamics
  • Relationship building – rapport, synergy and trust
  • What to avoid
  • Power of good communication

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Reporting and Metrics Masterclass

Created by our team of highly skilled consultants to supplement and enhance existing practices in areas detailed below:

  • What is reporting and metrics?
  • Value benefits of reporting and metrics
  • How are reporting and metrics delivered?
  • Examples of reporting and metrics tools
  • Problems or issues you many encounter delivering reporting and metrics

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We can provide any of the above courses on request, in other locations.

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