The Software Test Engineer's Handbook: A Study Guide for the ISTQB Test Analyst and Technical Test Analyst Advanced Level Certificates 2012, 2nd Edition

  • 9h 7m
  • Graham Bath, Judy McKay
  • Rocky Nook
  • 2014

Many books cover functional testing techniques, but relatively few also cover technical testing. The Software Test Engineer's Handbook-2nd Edition fills that gap. Authors Graham Bath and Judy McKay are core members of the ISTQB Working Party that created the new Advanced Level Syllabus-Test Analyst and Advanced Level Syllabus-Technical Test Analyst. These syllabi were released in 2012.

This book presents functional and technical aspects of testing as a coherent whole, which benefits test analyst/engineers and test managers. It provides a solid preparation base for passing the exams for Advanced Test Analyst and Advanced Technical Test Analyst, with enough real-world examples to keep you intellectually invested.

This book includes information that will help you become a highly skilled Advanced Test Analyst and Advanced Technical Test Analyst. You will be able to apply this information in the real world of tight schedules, restricted resources, and projects that do not proceed as planned.

About the Authors

Graham Bath's experience in testing spans over 25 years and has covered a wide array of domains and technologies. As a test manager, he has been responsible for the testing of mission-critical systems in spaceflight, telecommunications, and police incident control. Graham has designed tests to the highest levels of rigor within real-time aerospace systems such as the Eurofighter military aircraft.

As a principal consultant for the T-Systems Global Delivery Unit "Testing Services," he has mastered the Quality Improvement Programs of several major companies, primarily in the financial and government sectors. In his current position, Graham is responsible for the company's training and test-consulting programs. Graham is co-author of the ISTQB Expert Level syllabus, Improving the Test Process. He is a long-standing member of the German Testing Board and is chairman of the ISTQB Expert Level working group.

Judy McKay has spent the last 25 years working in the high tech industry, with particular focus on software quality assurance. She has managed departments encompassing all aspects of the software lifecycle, including requirements design and analysis, software development, database design, software quality assurance, software testing, technical support, professional services, configuration management, technical publications, and software licensing. Her career has spanned across commercial software companies, aerospace, foreign-owned R&D, networking, and various Internet companies.

Judy runs a consulting and training business in the spare time from her "real job." Her courses are based on the real-world application of practical data, and cover the spectrum of software quality assurance, including creating and maintaining a world-class quality assurance team, designing and implementing quality assurance and effective testing, and creating and implementing useful test documentation and metrics.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • Example Application, Marathon
  • Types of Systems
  • Test Management Responsibilities for the Test Analyst
  • The Test Process
  • Specification-Based Testing Techniques
  • Defect-Based Testing Techniques
  • Experience-Based Testing Techniques
  • Functional Testing
  • Usability and Accessibility Testing
  • Reviews for the Test Analyst
  • Defect Management
  • Tools Concepts
  • Test Management Responsibilities for the Technical Test Analyst
  • Analysis Techniques
  • Structure-Based Testing Techniques
  • Efficiency Testing
  • Security Testing
  • Reliability Testing
  • Maintainability Testing
  • Portability Testing
  • Reviews for the Technical Test Analyst
  • Tools for the Technical Test Analyst


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