Success Story of Ms. Saloni Singhal - Sr. Test Engineer shared on 18 April 2018:

Hello Team on SoftwareTestingGenius Portal; I wish to thank you all while very excitedly sharing that I have cleared ISTQB Foundation Level Exam with 84% score. I prepared for the exam using your question banks and the syllabus. Now my next milestone is Test Manager certification. I hope the question banks and articles available shall be helpful for advanced level exam as well.

Tons of thanks again, Saloni

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Quick Start to preparation for ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Exam

What are ISTQB “Extensions”?

There had been a great demand for enhancing competence in vertical testing. Hence ISTQB came out with a novel concept of “Extension”.

“Extensions” are certification modules focused on topics, like:

1) Domain-specific testing practices;
2) Specific Testing Techniques;
3) Specific Testing Methods;

To pursue any “Extension”, ISTQB Foundation Level Certification (CTFL) is an essential pre-requisite.

ISTQB came out with its first “Extension” by the name “Agile Tester” in June 2014.

A) Checkout if “ISTQB Agile Tester Extension” exam is meant for you?

Are you already having ISTQB Foundation certificate (CTFL)? &
Are you a tester having experience with traditional SDLCs? &
Are you an entry-level tester having interest in agile testing? &
Are you a developer with experience of testing work in agile projects? &
Are you interested in improving your agile testing skills? &
Are you passionate to be a professional in testing with roles like - test analyst, test engineer, test consultant, test manager, user acceptance tester etc.? &

Most Important - Don’t want to pursue a Formal Expensive Training Course ?

If Yes !!! Come on & read further.

B) Important Facts you must know
Where “Agile Tester” certification is positioned in ISTQB certifications map.

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C) About the exam and syllabus:

1) In general, the entire syllabus is divided into three parts;

Part-1: Agile Software Development
Part-2: Fundamental Agile Testing Principles, Practices, and Processes
Part-3: Agile Testing Methods, Techniques, and Tools.


An insight to the revolution of “Big Data” – A Primer
During the 1990s, no one could imagine the pace at which the technology backed by internet will evolve. In 1988-89 hard disk drives of about 100MB storage capacities were sufficient for 386 desktops. In a span of around 10 years, the storage capacity requirement shot up to around 2GB with an increase of around 20X. By the year 2015 users were uncomfortable even with 1TB capacity that is one thousand times increase in 15 years.

According to Prof. Hal Ronald Varian (Chief Economist - Google), 5 EBs (Exabytes) of digital data was created by the human beings till 2000, and these days that much of data is being created in just two days. World’s digital data was near 1 ZB (Zettabytes) in 2010 and by 2020 it would possibly touch 50 ZBs or 50 Trillion GBs (Gigabytes) which means an increase of 50 times.

Is Information explosion responsible for the birth of “Big Data”?
In the era of explosion of digital information, now almost 50% of the world's population use internet daily. Millions of people browse the internet, send instant messages and share huge amount of data in the form of documents, audios, videos, animations across popular platforms like Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, Reddit, Linkedin and many more.

Today “Big Data” is growing day-by-day due to;
 
1) The prime reason being the data created by each one of us.
2) Availability of high-speed processors day-by-day - shift seen from pocket calculators during the 1990s to high speed personal computers these days.
3) Availability of higher storage capacities - shift seen from few Megabytes of Analog data during the 1990s to Terabytes of Digital data these days.

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Due to this reason, in small sized organizations, the test managers lay greater stress on the pilot compared to selling their concept. They believe in avoiding doing anything new on a large scale.

Why Go in for a pilot evaluation project?

The objective of pilot project is to provide a safer opportunity to the organization to test the new automation tool, demonstrate its true value and discover deficiencies if any, well before spending significant amount of money, time and other resources on a full-scale project.

Importance of doing a Pilot Project before Full Scale Automation Tool Roll Out

Before delving on the intricacies of going into a pilot project, I would like to describe few common pitfalls involved in the large-scale implementation of automation tools.

1) “Ease of use” of course being one of the key consideration in selecting an automation tool, can never overlook the prime requirement of good functionality. A tool can easily be misused while it may fail to do few simple things.

2) In the absence of a structured assignment of roles and responsibilities towards centralized methodology of using the tool, the users tend to get absorbed In several standardization attempts that land up evolving equal number of confusing approaches. Different users of the tool try to use it in different, ways as per their own convenience leading to collapse of the standardization efforts.

3) True value of a test automation tool can be better understood by carrying out a small-scale pilot project before a mass roll out.

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Due to this reason, in small sized organizations, the test managers lay greater stress on the pilot compared to selling their concept. They believe in avoiding doing anything new on a large scale.

Why Go in for a pilot evaluation project?

The objective of pilot project is to provide a safer opportunity to the organization to test the new automation tool, demonstrate its true value and discover deficiencies if any, well before spending significant amount of money, time and other resources on a full-scale project.