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This intermediate level seminar will enable you to effectively plan and execute software testing to validate that a system meets requirements. This seminar provides a structured approach for testing throughout the systems development life cycle using these four steps:

Step 1 – Set Test Objectives
Step 2 – Develop Test Plan
Step 3 – Execute Tests
Step 4 – Summarize and Report Results

This is an intermediate expertise level course for an individual who has had some test experience and is interested in improving their level of effectiveness and efficiency in testing techniques and test methodology. It is advantageous if the attendee has had at least two or more years of practical experience in software testing, although that is not necessary.

The course usually meets on Tuesday of each week. Occasionally we meet on Thursday to bypass scheduled events. You will be sent the link for the LVC on or before the Monday of each session. We honor daylight savings time when that occurs.

Tuesday 2:00pm – 2:30pm (USA Eastern time) – The LVC’s Q&A session meets to go over the assignments and clear up any questions you may have about the material covered on the previous session or sessions. This time will also be used to conduct breakout room sessions reviewing prior case study assignments. During the first session, this time will be used as an introduction to the LVC, participant introductions, and preliminary questions.

Tuesday 2:30pm – 4:00pm (USA Eastern time) – During this hour and thirty minute session the seminar leader will present the course materials encouraging all participants to join in the discussion of the topics. There may be occasions when the time or date of the LVC Session needs to be adjusted.

Section A planned dates, most Tuesdays January 6 thru February 10

January 6, 2015
January 13, 2015
January 20, 2015
January 27, 2015
February 3, 2015
February 10, 2015

Prior to the first session – Read the Welcome Info, download and print the Course Materials, and view / take the prework materials on the prework drop-down within the Sessions tab.

Welcome Info Tab: View the Instructor Bio as desired. Make note of the Additional Information containing the telephone teleconference phone number and pass code.  The information also contains a free SKYPE toll-free alternative especially for callers outside the USA.

Course Materials Tab: You can download and print the Course Book which is the workbook for the course.

Sessions Tab, Prework drop-down box: You can watch the Prologue to get a course overview. You can preview the LVC Orientation (Live Virtual Classroom Orientation) slides to get an idea of what the LVC screens will look like.

You can download the Skill Self-Assessment spreadsheet and self-assess your degree of knowledge in various testing categories, before the first session.  This will help you identify your current level of knowledge in each area.

You can take the Pre-Test to pre-assess your present level of knowledge. It uses 30 multiple choice questions. It is automatically scored upon conclusion.

Link to Additional Resources has links to various web sites and books on software quality which you might find helpful. LVC log in and use instructions shows you the screens you get when you click on the meeting Link to Sessions for the meeting session you are in.

Pre Work
Completing the Self Assessment, Developing a Personal Action Program.Prior to First Meeting – Take the 30 question sample test which will be reviewed with the class as a group .
Session 1 – Understanding The Testing Challenge & Vocabulary
Part (a) of this session focuses on the various challenges faced by today’s software test professional.  This discussion helps set the context for the practices and procedures taught in subsequent sessions.  Part (b) of session 1 will review the standard terminology used in the testing profession.
Session 2 – Understanding Test Strategy & Testing Process
Part (a) of this session covers why and how we develop a testing strategy.  The testing strategy defines the scope and general direction for testing.  It is a high-level plan and should be developed very early in the project life cycle.  The testing process has 4 specific steps: setting test objectives, developing the test plan, executing the tests and summarizing and reporting results.  Part (b) of this session covers step 1 of the testing process, setting test objectives.
Session 3 – Testing Process – Test Planning
Part (a) of this session will cover step 2 in the testing process, Test Planning.  The key deliverable from the planning process is the test plan.  Test plans serve two primary purposes, they are the test teams ‘contract’ with the overall project team, and it serves as a road map that testers can follow throughout the test project. Part (b) of this session will begin the topic of executing the tests.
Session 4 – Test Process – Executing the Tests
This session will focus Identifying Test Conditions, Developing Test Cases and Developing and Managing Test Data.
Session 5 – Continue Discussions on Test Execution
This Session will focus on the risk to software testing, test plan implementation, test plan documentation, test strategy, test plan features and what must be considered when planning for test.
Session 6 – Deploying the Test Process and Test Reporting
Session 6 will cover the deployment process and how to manage the test process with measurements and metrics.  The final section of the course will be to complete a ‘plan of action’ so information learned in the LVC course can be utilized in your organization today!




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