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Introduction to Risk-Based Testing

Course Duration: 2 days

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Course Duration: 2 days

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Course Duration: 2 days

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Course Overview

The ‘Introduction to Risk-Based Testing’ workshop introduces the key concepts behind risk management and how it should be applied to testing.  From the testing perspective, risks are associated with the deliverable software product (the consequences if the software fails in use) and also how the project is run (e.g. if development overruns so reducing the time available for testing).

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The three basic stages of risk identification, risk estimation and risk mitigation are covered in the workshop in terms of the management of testing both during project development and after the delivery of the software into use.

This one or two-day tutor-led workshop includes slides, exercises and practical work, and uses a hands-on approach based on group exercises and discussions.  It is highly-interactive, allowing attendees to learn from the experience of the instructor and each other, and, owing to its interactive nature, each workshop is restricted to a maximum of 18 delegates.

The workshop is based on practical experience of applying risk-based testing on a variety of projects and will use the same principles underlying the new ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 Software Testing standards, which explicitly require that risk be used as the main driver for a project’s test strategy.  In this way testing is used to treat perceived risks, such as by choosing which test phases to use and which test techniques to apply.

Who is it for?

The workshop is principally aimed at test practitioners who are actively involved in software testing, and who want to ensure that they are fully aware of current best industry practices.

This includes people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers.  This workshop is also appropriate for non-testers who want a deeper understanding of software testing, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts and management consultants.

Workshop Materials

Each delegate will be provided with their own workbook containing copies of all slides.

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Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this workshop, although prior experience of working on IT projects is certainly beneficial, either as testers, or in a development or management role.

The workshop is intended as an introduction to best practices for those new to risk-based testing and as a refresher for more experienced test professionals to the current state of industry thinking.

The Exam

No Exam

Course Objectives

Risk is key to managing and scheduling testing, so by the end of the day delegates should:

  • understand that risk is fundamental to managing all testing on a project;
  • be familiar with the three basic steps in risk management;
  • understand how risk identification, analysis and mitigation are used to determine and prioritise the testing at the individual component level and for the testing for a complete project.

Syllabus – Key points

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Real-life risks
  • Risks in IT
  • Project management & risk
  • Testing & risk
  • Test management & risk
  • Risk management process
    • Risk Identification
    • Risk Analysis
    • Risk Mitigation
    • Selecting Techniques
    • Ongoing Risk Management
    • Risk Management Process Improvement

10 reviews for Introduction to Risk-Based Testing

  1. Joseph Dobson | Software Tester | IBM

    Very good content. Interactive and knowledgeable.

  2. Elton Araunjo | Software Test Engineer Apprentice | IBM

    I liked the course and it definitely helped me understand why we now use some of the techniques when I am on projects. I would say the maybe for some of the activity TSG could make use of the break out rooms which would make the course nicer and breaks it up a bit. As the course was defiantly interactive but got a bit long when I had to do some of the task myself.

  3. Fahim Shaffiq | Software Test Engineer | IBM

    I have had John for quite a few courses and it is always great! Thank you

  4. Kristian Easton | Software Test Engineer | IBM

    The trainer has a really good speaking voice which means you stay interested in what he is saying, the course overall was interesting as it went into more detail on ideas that I already had learnt about

  5. Luke Rogers | Software Test engineer | IBM

    I very much enjoyed the course and learnt a lot about risk based testing which I didn’t already know, and where it is implemented and used in a project, the workshops were enjoyable and the content was clear and understandable

  6. Patrick Wilson | Performance Test Engineer | IBM

    As always, John was professional, explains topics well and is very patient – it was a difficult one to deliver with how quiet the group was, but he still made every effort to make sure that people were understanding the content, and was adapting the content to suit the audience. Very well done.

  7. Robert Ross| Performance Test engineer| IBM UK

    I believe this was the third time that I met Rosie and like the two previous courses, I felt that Rosie did a great job of delivering the course content. I now feel more comfortable about identifying and discussing risks having taken this course.

  8. Ellen Mandevhana | Software Test Analyst | Iris software Group

    Understood risk based testing which would help me plan my tests and look out for critical areas

  9. Robert Reid | Test Analyst | Utility Warehouse

    Very interesting and informative

  10. Sam Ryan| Manual QA|Invotra Ltd

    Very informative, with lots of realistic examples. I feel like I have learnt some useful skills which I can apply to my own workplace, So I definitely gained lots of value from this

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